Recycling During Christmas


Recycling idea from Wil MaringI was reminded by a music friend of mine (Wil Maring) by a post she did this morning on Facebook. It was a simple little mention to recycle using previously used gift bags for presents. I thought wow this would be a good topic for a post, so here it is. Please check out her music and videos on You Tube. She is a great talent. Thanks Wil!

For those of you who have not heard Wil sing and play her music, you need to go to the You Tube site I listed in the first paragraph and listen to the words of her songs. Real words from real life. Easy melodic music and harmonies to listen to. I have many song favorites and even though I like some of her new songs, a couple of her older tunes I really like. She does a rendition of “Arkansas Traveler” with her own lyrics. When I watch the video I try to play along..but I can’t yet. 😉 Another of my favorite songs is her “Dance to the St. Anne’s Reel” that is a must listen. A lot of her music is on Wil Maring’s Facebook page.

Recycling – Donating and Purchasing Used Goods

RecyclingWhen I grew up, my parents were very thrifty. Having grown up during the great depression, they learned to use and re-use EVERYTHING. They did not throw anything away. As a matter of fact, when I visited back home, dad would have projects for me to do for him and many times we did not have to buy any thing at the store. We just shopped in dad’s garage. 😉

I grew up with 5 other siblings and I was in the middle. Needless to say I did not get very many new clothes, shoes, toys, etc. I guess it never bothered us as kids and even now I’m a big proponent of re-using everything and donating “lightly used” items to charity.

When both of my parents passed away last year, five weeks apart (together for 63 years), it was a difficult thing going through all the clothes, tools, windows, lumber, lawn mowers, and furniture from our home that we all grew up in (only home I knew) and from the cabin at the lake. I wish I would have rented a moving van for all that good stuff I could create projects from. All of us chose items we could use or that we had sentimental attachment to. But most of it we recycled by donating to various charitable organizations.

Charitable Organizations use thrift stores to obtain funding to help others. These recycling centers are often forgotten. Donations to these 501.c.3 organizations can provide tax credit receipts for deductions when you file your taxes. By donating or purchasing items you help the organization help others. You can’t go wrong by helping them out.

I support Red Cross, Salvation Army, local food banks, and animal organizations. All of them accomplish recycling items to help others. However, I help out a local charity in Harrison, Arkansas where I plan to move to this coming year.

Children’s Charity Ministry is a faith based community supported organization dedicated Recycling at Children's Charity Ministryto teach children to help other children. This is my favorite Recycling center. Two mothers started this organization only a couple years ago by starting a clothes closet for school children. It has now grown to providing needed clothing for the under privileged children, single mothers, families that have gone through tough times such as a home fire. They provide special items for kids going to prom who would not have the chance to go normally.

The one thing they need all the time is food for a back pack program for which they put meals together for students who would otherwise not get to eat over the weekends. In one year they’ve grown from around 800 meals per month to close to 10,000 meals per month….that is not a typo, 10K meals per month. They do so much good for the entire community.  Please think of them this season, go to the site and click the PayPal button to donate to their cause.

I support them with monthly monetary donations, I built and run their website and I donate items for the Thrift Store. That reminds me, I have a riding lawn mower to clean up and put a battery in for them….

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Recycling – Using Previously Used Wrapping Paper

RecyclingBe your own Recycling Center. Getting back to what I learned growing up, at Christmas our gifts normally were gifts of items we needed, like socks and underwear, pajamas and such. But even as children we were thought to open our packages with care (no just ripping them open for us) and fold the paper up for next year. Normally when we wrapped gifts for the following years we used the old paper for a bit smaller items. All the gifts looked just perfect under the tree. Of course there were always some bigger items that we had to use brand new paper for and that paper could be used for several more years on other gifts.

Recycling Using and Re-using Gift Bags for Presents

RecyclingUtilizing decorated gift bags for “wrapping” your gifts to others is a good idea to save time and money as well as help the environment. The invention of using these decorated gift bags for presents at Christmas, Birthdays, etc. was a terrific idea. Even better, if you purchase solidly built gift bags, they can be used over and over again.

My mother started recycling these bags almost immediately. Over the years our family grew and now mom and dad had their own kids, grand kid, great grand kids and great great grand kids. They always had gifts of some sort for each of us and most of them came in bags from recycling over the years. As a matter of fact two years ago I got a gift from mom and dad in a bag that I used for a gift to one of my sisters several years prior. Mom made ceramic items for many years which all of us hold dear to our hearts, especially now that both of them are gone. I look forward to passing these down to my son when I die. I have a great collection of Santa Clause’s she made from all parts of the world. It always amazed me that all of the packages the Santa’s were carrying had been painted with individual patterns as paper. Such detail for an 89 year old to accomplish. I’d go blind trying to do that.

With all of us kids wrapping for each other, can you imagine how much money we saved over the years by recycling our wrapping paper?

Jay Mueller | JayLynne Enterprises | Renewable Energy Explained


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Recycle – Donating Your Household Goods

RecycleRecycle – Did you know that you can recycle by writing-off the value of charitable items on your taxes? Yes this is true, but please consult your your tax preparer for details in your particular situation.

It is unbelievable that in the United States we throw away perfectly good items every day instead of recycling or giving them to others. Did you know that the U.S. is know as the throw away society around the  world? We have been so blessed Continue reading

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Teaching Kids Recycling

Recycling is the right thing to do and if you have considered starting a recycling now is the time to do it. It is important to teach your children all about recycling and how it can help protect the environment. If you want your kids to be environmentally responsible when they grow up, you’ve got to teach them to recycle now. Teaching kids about recycling and how to appreciate the environment does not have to be difficult. Here are some tips to help you raise your kids to be dedicated.

1. Start Them Young

If children learn to recycle everything as soon as they are old enough to understand the concept, it will quickly become second nature to them. Many adults have to train themselves towards this idea, because we may not have been raised that way. You  an make it easier for your kids by showing them at an early age that everything should be recycled (and explaining why).

2. Make It Simple

It’s easier to teach kids about recycling if it’s something they can easily understand. While there are many important theories behind this, for kids the main thing is to give them simple tasks they can get into the habit of performing. By having clearly marked boxes or bags at home, your children can easily get into the habit of recycling.

3. Make Recycling Fun

You can make recycling fun for kids by turning it into a game. If you are doing some house cleaning, for example, you can have a contest to see who can collect the most cans or newspapers. You can combine visits to the recycling center with a trip to the ice cream parlor or something else they enjoy. Make recycling fun, not a chore!

4. Use Books and the Media

There are many books, television shows and videos geared towards children that explain the need for recycling. Expose your children to some of these, so that they can learn more about this issue in an enjoyable way.

5. Teach Kids to Recycle Everything

Get your children into the habit of recycling not only cans and bottles, but clothing, toys and other items they no longer need. You can also get them to appreciate acquiring recycled items this way. Teach them that “new” isn’t always better.

6. Teach Them the Value of Conservation

Or to put it more simply, teach them to not be wasteful. One way to do this is to make them responsible for cleaning up what they don’t use, whether it’s leftovers at a meal  or toys they no longer play with. If you clean up everything for them, they will assume that things just take care of themselves.

7. Stay Positive and Set a Good Example

Try to make recycling a fun but daily habit. Don’t turn it into a grim or very serious issue that creates an atmosphere of anxiety. One way to do this is to practice good recycling habits yourself! Teaching kids about recycling doesn’t have to be difficult if you go about it in the right manner.

We are currently in an environmental crisis, so it’s more important than ever that we establish environmentally friendly habits. Many people recycle but it’s vitally  important that we teach kids to recycle. There are many fun recycling projects you can use to teach your kids to recycle. By making recycling fun, you can help them grow up to become adults who recycle.

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Seven Easy Steps to Becoming Environmentally Friendly

Did you know that there are many easy things you can do to save our environment?  By changing some of our everyday actions, we can all help the whole planet! Here are some examples of green tips that can make the world cleaner and healthier for everyone.

1. Use Less Gas – you can walk or bike short distances, which is good for your health as well as the environment. When you do need to use a car, organize your trips so that you carpool, and make fewer trips to buy necessities.

2. Save Energy – remember to turn off light switches when you aren’t in the room. Replace old bulbs with energy efficient ones, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. These use far less energy than conventional bulbs. You can also keep your thermostat a little lower in the winter and only use air conditioning if it’s extremely hot in the summer (exhaust fans work well the rest of the time).

3. Conserve Water – water is our most precious natural resource, so use it with awareness. Take shorter showers. Don’t buy new bottles of water to drink every day. Get a bottle you can carry with you and fill it up using filtered water.

4. Recycle Clothes and Furniture – there’s no shame in acquiring used items that are functional. You can find many such items in good condition online, at yard sales or at stores that specialize in such merchandise. Likewise, when you are finished with something don’t simply throw it out, but donate it.

5. Eat with Awareness – shop locally when possible. There are more farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSAs) where you can buy produce. If you eat meat, buy from local organic farms rather than factory farms. Reducing meat consumption helps the environment, as it takes a great deal of energy to raise livestock.

6. Clean with Non-Toxic Products – you can buy gentle and organic cleaning supplies rather than commercial ones, which are made from harsh chemicals. You can also make your own cleaning supplies from lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar.

7. Reduce Paper Use – do more tasks online to save on paper bills and other paper products. Bring your own bags to the store so you don’t require paper or plastic bags every time you shop. Remove yourself from junk mail lists.

These are some examples of practical things you can do to save our environment. It mainly takes awareness of how the little things you do add up!

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