Disposable Coffee Cups: Are They Recyclable?

Are you one of the millions that have to have their cup of coffee in the morning before you feel like a human being? I know I am. And if you're like me and stop at a drive-thru on your way to work every morning do you bring your own mug? If you don't here's why you should. Most paper coffee cups have a plastic liner to make them waterproof. This liner makes them difficult and costly to recycle because the plastic needs to be separated from the cardboard. Many municipalities do not have the equipment needed to do this so...

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Do You Know How to Recycle?

The current recycling program in Canada has not been working as it should. The program has been in effect in some form for the past 30 years, but Canadians are still recycling only 9% of plastics. If we have a program in place, then why is it not working? It's complicated. Years ago, recycling was simple; people separated newspaper, jars, and bottles from their garbage. Today, we eat more premade food contributing to more plastic waste, and not all plastics are recyclable. There are also many things that people recycle that are not recyclable such as eggshells and multi-material packaging....

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What is Wheat Straw Plastic and Is It Eco-Friendly?

For years, we have been using plastic for basically everything ranging from food to clothes to furniture. In recent years, our knowledge of the environment has grown and with that; the recognition that plastic is bad for our planet. So bad that continuing to use plastic may lead to our undoing. Luckily there are many alternatives to plastic. One of which is wheat straw plastic. What is it, and is it environmentally friendly? We’ll tell you in this article. What is wheat straw plastic? Wheat is a type of grain that’s most often used to make bread, flour or wheat-gluten....

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What Exactly Are Beeswax Food Wraps?

Made with organic cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, Beeswax Food Wraps are a great, eco-friendly alternative to tin foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags. These wraps can be reused over and over and will last about one year. In addition to the advantages Beeswax Wraps provide to the environment, they are also better for your food. They are naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Although they are watertight, they offer air circulation which helps keep your food fresh longer. You can use these wraps to store fruits, veggies, sandwiches, or to seal a container. It's recommended that you do not...

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How to Recycle Your Bamboo Toothbrush

So you've made the change to bamboo toothbrushes; that's great! But do you know how to properly recycle them? It is not as simple as just throwing them in your recycling bin or backyard composter.  The bristles in most bamboo toothbrushes are nylon so they are not compostable although they may be recyclable. In order to properly dispose of your toothbrush, you will need to remove these bristles. To do this you can simply pull them out with pliers or snap the head of the toothbrush off and only compost the handle. The best place to dispose of the toothbrush...

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