Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You Don't Have to be a Zealot to do your Part Since It's Easy to ReCycle, ReUse and ReDuce

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle sticker
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Exit178

      Have you heard of a Mobius Loop?  If you check products to place in your recycle bin or take to a recycling center, you've seen it. You've probably seen it hundreds of times but just didn't know what it is called.
     The Mobius Loop as seen on this sticker means items with this symbol can be recycled if there are local facilities or services available.  You'll generally also see a number which helps you determine it's location in recycling bins.
Pink Crinkled Shreds stamp
Pink Crinkled Shreds by Exit178

     I've been reusing since a kid.  Not that it was much talked about then but when you know items cost money that you don't have you definitely reuse what you can.  Sheet paper with writing on one side was always used for lists and drawing with crayons when the other side was empty.
     Now living in an environment where we haul water to our cistern "water conservation" is a normal practice along with composting.  Some people don't think of these things when surrounded by ample water where they've never had the water stop running from the faucet.  I'm sure there are a lot of other things we could do and probably will but for now we really try to make our contribution.
      My Zazzle product designs shown here are just a simple eco-friendly reminder.   The two designs above use a photograph of crinkled, shredded paper strips which make great  packing material and can be reused often as one gift if passed on to someone who reuses the paper. 
     Since holidays, birthdays and other such events produce a lot of paper waste, I decided to make a Christmas ornament and some stickers as festive reminders to recycle items like the wrapping paper waste and find a Christmas tree recycle facility. Many communities have recycling services to put old Christmas trees to use as a wildlife sanctuary, on a sand dune to protect the beach, chipped for mulch or as excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.
     If you are interested in spreading the eco-friendly word, you can check out stickers, stamps, magnets, bumper stickers and even Christmas ornaments and stickers like the ornament to the right. Click HERE under "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" in my store TheAspenStand.
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