Getting Ready for Earth Day: Recycle!


Earth Day is really just around the corner (Sunday!), and we hope that as the day draws near, you've been thinking about what you can do to make our world a greener, healthier place. When it comes to equating everyday behavior with saving the planet, few things are as high on the list as recycling. Here are some tips and resources for incorporating recycling into your life, not just on Earth Day, but every day.

1) Recycle your stuff: it can be fun (and sexy) with the EcoPod; with programs from Dell, Apple (remember, iPod has its own program) and more, there's no excuse not to recycle your computer; the online community at Superuse has user-generated ideas, pics and descriptions to help you do-it-yourself and keep it out of the landfill; and, as if you needed more incentive, Recyclebank pays you to do it. More tips on recycling something today can be found here.
2) Get recycled and second-hand stuff: just about anything can be made with recycled content or given a new home, from toothbrushes to computers to home insulation and apparel.
3) Give recycled and second-hand stuff: 'tis better to give than receive, so rather than chucking it in the garbage, help it find a new home with services like FreeCycle, Craigslist, Material Love and Swap-O-Rama-Rama.
4) See the results: recycled stuff doesn't have to "look recycled". To wit: you can recycle a 747 into a house; build a yacht entirely from recycled materials; get a ring from recycled precious metals; create art or fancy lighting; and create a couture dress from umbrellas. The sky's the limit.

For more examples and ideas, check out our How to Green Your Recycling guide and dig in to our category dedicated to recycling. Happy Earth Day!

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