Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rethink!

Americans use 250 million water bottles an hour! Wow. We were encouraged to rethink what we use - especially when we are buying products. Check the bottom to see if a container is recyclable. Choose minimal product packaging and buy bulk whenever possible. packaging. Avoid parabins and aluminum in personal products.

Midland Recycling has a Web site with a downloadable paperback with teacher resources.

I am amazed ... Our hostess, Shelley, recycles a lot and only needs to put out trash once a month!
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Recycled with Creativity

T-shirts, scarves, carpet, insulation, and photo frames ... All with at least 50% recycled material! Plastic, jeans, computer parts! Look for the brand Ecospun. By the way, Shelley has very cute shoes and belts ... Tires, innertubes, plastic, etc.!
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Hard Back Books

While not easy to recycle, hardback books can either be dismantled (they don't want the bindings and covers) or dropped off at Midland Recycling, which has machinery to do the dismantling.
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Cans like crazy!

We had a show ... And it was fun. We were told, "It only takes one finger to do this! The next show? Payday (which makes a pocketbook feel really good)!" The worker who shared this was delightful.
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Cardboard or Paperboard?

Corragated cardboard is what brings the $$ back to The MET. Show, Inc. in Sapulpa (918-224-7214) takes paperboard and recycles it with their office paper.
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ONLY "container" glass ...

All glass must be container glass (must have had a lid) ... Not decorative, not window panes, not light bulbs, etc.! Clear, brown, and green glass are accepted.

Speaking of light bulbs, with the new long-lasting bulbs (which contain mercury and need to be handled differently) they can be recycled during the November 8-9 is Household Pollutant Event! Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Tulsa Biofuels and Beyond!

Now I love this! You can run your car on this recycled, filtered oils turned into diesel fuel. The Met also accepts motor oil, car and household batteries and scrap metal. Wondering what else you can recycle? Check out the Earth 9-1-1 Website (they have free monthly newsletters as well with green tips).
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The Met and Plastic ...

Plastics accepted are #1 (PET) or #2 (HDPE) with a neck or a handle. Plastics melt at different rates, so not all plastics can be accepted. Lids are not recyclable but you can get those to Aveda at Woodland Hills Mall or Eco Baby on Peoria. Plastics are shredded, washed, undergo a pulling process, and are made to shapes or fibers.
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Green Team Tours The Met

I have to say, I love this place! The Met not only recycles but employs disabled people. Check them out at www.metrcycle.com and find out locations to recycle throughout the Tulsa area and most recently in Owasso.I have to say, I love this place! The Met not only recycles but employs disabled people. Check them out at www.metrcycle.com and find out locations to recycle throughout the Tulsa area and most recently in Owasso.
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Catalog Cancelling Challenge Results

CONGRATULATIONS
To the Program Department
For the Most Catalogs Cancelled
in the Catalog Cancelling Challenge!!

Below are the results for each department that participated.

Catalog Canceling Challenge RESULTS

DEPARTMENT

CATALOGS

# of

CATALOGS

TREES

GALLONS of

POUNDS of CO2

CARS TAKEN

CANCELED

PEOPLE

per PERSON

SAVED*

WATER SAVED**

PREVENTED***

OFF ROAD****

Business

33

9

3.7

0.4

396

48

0.0

Communication

2

6

0.3

0.0

24

3

0.0

Fund Development

5

3

1.7

0.1

60

7

0.0

Outreach

16

9

1.8

0.2

192

23

0.0

Program

101

6

16.8

1.3

1,212

145

0.0

RUNNING TOTAL -->

157

33

4.9

2.0

1,884

226

0.1

as of 8/22/08

catalogs

people

cats/person

trees!

gallons

pounds CO2

cars

The Math Behind These Numbers according to the National Wildlife Federation

* 312 catalogs come from one tree (producing 19B catalogs comes from 61M trees per year in USA, accroding to CatalogChoice.org). Cats x 4 / 312=

** It takes 3 gallons of water to make each catalog (producing 19B catalogs uses 59B gallons of water per year in USA.) Cats x 4 x 3=

*** To find out how many pounds of CO2 emissions are prevented, you multiply each pound of catalog paper by 1.44. If you don't know your poundage, assume each

catalog is .25 pounds. Remember to assume conservitively that each canceled catalog won't return four times. Cats x.25 x 4 x 1.44=

**** The emissions of 1 car per year = the production of 8,600 catalogs (producing 19B catalogs uses the annual energy equivalent of 2.2M cars). Cats x 4 / 8,600=