Sunday, November 29, 2015

America Recycles Day ...and Night?

Hopefully the concept of "America Recycles Day" doesn't need a great deal of explanation for Earth to Philly readers, other than the fact that it's been going on since 1997.

America Recycles Day ...and Night?


Hopefully the concept of "America Recycles Day" doesn't need a great deal of explanation for Earth to Philly readers, other than the fact that it's November 15th and has been going on since 1997. Here in Philly the signal event for this year's observance, though, will be tomorrow at the Antonia Pantoja Charter School, one of the five local schools accepted in this year’s RecycleBank Green Schools Program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Mayor Nutter will host a presentation recognizing the schools as well as a rally to support Philadelphia’s UnLitter Us campaign. There will be free recycling bins, free give-aways and, yes, free refreshments!

Meanwhile, RecycleBank has teamed with "Procter & Gamble Future Friendly" to create “Learn and Earn,” allowing consumers to earn RecycleBank Points for learning about ways to become better stewards of the environment. Here's the organization's description:

With the Learn and Earn educational initiative – the first of its kind for RecycleBank and P&G – RecycleBank is working to build a movement that motivates and educates individuals to take actions that have a positive environmental impact. Learn and Earn offers simple tips for engaging in greener actions like saving energy and water or reducing waste along with a short quiz, and a reward of 25 RecycleBank Points. Knowing how to take the right “green” steps can have a massive impact on our planet.

So, how does it work?
·  Watch a short video about keeping the environment in mind every day
·  Take a 4-question quiz
·  Get rewarded with 25 RecycleBank Points
·  Share the Learn and Earn opportunity via social media to earn even more RecycleBank Points
·  These points can then be redeemed at for rewards from local and national retailers, restaurants, grocers, and more

And while everybody is talking about recycling cans, bottles and plastics, a group called USAgain says, what about old clothes? 

The EPA estimates that the average American throws away over 60 lbs of clothing a year. The strain on landfills is bad for the environment (not to mention expensive for local taxpayers).

USAgain (pronounced “use again”) provides drop bins for residents in major U.S. markets can toss their unwanted clothes.  The company collects the discarded clothes and diverts them from landfills by reselling them to be reworn, re-used or recycled (ideally in that order).

There are more things going on regionally and nationally, and this is your best source for info. For some of us here in town, Monday is trash day anyway, the day we put our recycling out. So if nothing else we'll be all that more vigilant in getting everything that is recyclable out of our house and into the bin on the curb. How about you?

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Look for Jenice Armstrong to supply tips on green living as well as occasional columns on the subject of Green. She also blogs at Hey Jen.

Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.

Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.

Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.

Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...

Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.

Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.

Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.

In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man

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