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Electronic Waste: Why, How, and What to Recycle

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Electronic Waste: Why, How, and What to Recycle

Cell phones, computers, toaster ovens, VCRs, stereos- you name it-the impact of electronic waste worldwide is extensive. Let’s look at it on an individual level… there’s the input of raw materials, production, and transportation of making one device. For example, a study identified that producing one computer takes at least 1.5 tons of water, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 530 lbs of fossil fuels. Or there’s that cell phone someone had with a non-functioning battery that ended up in the landfill that contains precious metals such as silver and gold. It all adds up… another study found that Americans throw...

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Microplastics: What you need to know

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Microplastics: What you need to know

While you see the glaring effects and simple solutions of large-scale plastic pollution issues such as plastic bag use and bottled water consumption, more and more, we are learning about unintended consequences of “plastic habits” and the integration of plastics into our daily lives.  One question we receive frequently at Recover is about the issue of microplastics, so, here’s the rundown: What are microplastics? Microplastics are simply tiny bits of plastic that are about the size of a sesame seed or smaller.  Where do microplastics come from? According to NBC and International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that the...

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It’s Time to Clean Up Your Toothbrush

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It’s Time to Clean Up Your Toothbrush

Last year, 1.2 billion toothbrushes were thrown away in the U.S., and over 99% of them are plastic.  That’s 1.2 billion toothbrushes that end up in landfills, rivers, and oceans throughout the U.S. in just one year, which, if you lined all of those toothbrushes up, would wrap around our earth four times. And, that’s only in the U.S., one of 195 countries in the world. Plus, most plastic toothbrushes cannot be recycled, which means that when your dentist tells you to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, all of those toothbrushes are tossed and the minimum estimate...

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Sustainability Tips from a Mom on the Run

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Sustainability Tips from a Mom on the Run

As part of Plastic Free July, we sat down with Michaelyn Koss Foy to hear her best sustainability tips and tricks as a mom. Michaelyn and her husband Zak have two young sons on the run in Asheville, North Carolina. More than anything, every day decisions mean more when you’re thinking about the world for the next generation. 1. Tackle elimination of single-use plastics and packaging. It’s very eye-opening to set the goal to go through even one week without single-use plastics. While single-use plastics are seemingly everywhere, things are changing and people and places are making a world without...

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Andrew Dunning : THINK REDUCE... then Re-Use, then Recycle

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Andrew Dunning : THINK REDUCE... then Re-Use, then Recycle

Adventure athlete and videographer, Recover Ambassador Andrew Dunning shares the what, the why, and the how of one of his Recover Sustainability Tips:  THINK REDUCE... then Re-Use, and then Recycle. Why “THINK REDUCE... then Re-Use, and then Recycle” for your Recover Sustainability Tip? I love explaining the big picture of my Recover gear to people, but have found that some people see the concept as, “This is cool- Recover uses plastic water bottles to make its apparel, so I can feel better about throwing things in the recycle bin,” but that’s not the idea.  The point is educating to be more...

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