Okay, heroes and heroines, ready to save the world?
When it comes to the environment, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the enormity of it all — to think “what will it matter if I use one less plastic bottle or bag?” — but don’t let that stop you!
I recently stumbled into a website that’s helping me find creative ways to be Earth-friendly. It’s called earth911.com, and it’s full of “green” information and tools. For example, right at the top of the homepage you can type in an item you’e interested in recycling and where you are and it will generate a list of places that accept that item.
Not sure if what you’ve got is recyclable at all? Check out the article and resources under “Is It Really Recyclable?” The overall answer is the ever-popular “it depends” — but the site has plenty of rule of thumb information and links to sites offering more detail about certain items.
Clicking around the site a little more, I found information on iRecycle — the site’s iPhone app. With the app, you can access the recycling database from wherever you happen to be, look up “green” events in the area, read up on environmental news, even directions to local recycling centers.
If you’re anything like me, you aren’t quite sure what to do with old, fried electronics beyond repair. I tend to collect them and let them sit in the closet (which doesn’t do any good for anyone, trust me). This site has a whole section dedicated to e-waste — including a page that lists recycling programs by electronics manufacturers, retailers and information on groups that accept donations.
Wonder what happens after you drop off your electronics to be recycled? Check out “How Electronics Are Recycled” for the answers!
Note: Reading over this post, I suppose I should mention that FMH has no direct affiliation with the earth911 site. I found it so useful and informative I couldn’t help but share.