National Recycling Day: Tips, Facts, and Trash Talk

Attention everyone who lives on planet Earth: November 15th is National Recycling Day! Even though we should be recycling reusable items daily, think of this occasion as a time to start your recycling goals for the upcoming year. Here are tips and facts to help you help our planet.

Recycling Tips 

  • When shopping, avoid plastic bags by bringing reusable ones. If you have excess plastic bags, bring them to a local retailer to recycle. 
  • Find out if carton recycling is available in your area. If not, talk to your local recycling center about other options.  
  • Stop throwing away clothing you no longer wear. Find a local clothing recycler or find out where to donate. 
  • Encourage your kids to recycle at school. The future is in their hands! If recycling isn’t available, talk to the principal or superintendent about alternatives. 
  • Find or host a recycling event in your area. There are thousands of recycling events happening around the United States. 
  • Become familiar with the items you can and cannot recycle. America Recycles Day is a program that can educate you on recycling papers, plastics, cans, electronics, and more. Remember that recyclable items can vary by location, so check with your local recycling center, too. 
  • Buy recycled goods whenever you can. This can help eliminate the need for creating new materials. Buying art created from recycled items, for example, can be more meaningful. 

Recycling Facts 

  • According to National Geographic, the United States alone produces 250 million tons of waste a year, which amounts to roughly 4.4 pounds of trash per person daily. 
  •  U.S. recycling levels haven’t improved in 20 years despite the billions of dollars spent on recycling competitions, symposiums, awareness campaigns, and new sorting technologies. 
  • With the help of standardized labels displayed on recycling bins, recycling can begin to thrive. When U.S. recycling levels reach 75%, it will be the environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year. 
  • Recycling one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11-watt CFL bulb for 20 hours. 
  • Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot high wall from Seattle to New York. 
  • Five recycled plastic bottles provides enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. 
  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours. 

Recycled Gifts from Goodsey  

Here at Goodsey, we’re all about bringing you products with purpose, and that includes beautifully crafted recycled items. Check out our list of eco-friendly goods below. They make meaningful gifts and are sure to spread smiles!  

Hope Candle 

Made from a blend of local beeswax and eco soy, this 12-ounce candle was poured into a recycled glass jar. It has a 50-hour burn time, its label is made of 100% recycled paper, and it’s designed to be removed so the glass jar can be reused. 

Recycled Fire Hose Handbag 

With the same durability that can withstand the most heated situations, this round handbag was upcycled from a retired fire hose. Made in India by skilled artisans, each bag is truly unique. 

Recycled Cotton Journals 

This set of handmade journals includes recycled paper pages. No harsh chemicals or dyes were used in processing the materials and the 100% cotton cover is water-resistant. 

Wedding Album 

Packaged in a recycled cotton box, this photo album is made of recycled cotton with acid-free paper pages. This ensures the album and photos will be in good condition for a lifetime of walks down memory lane.

How are you taking part this National Recycling Day? Spread inspiration by leaving a comment below!

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