Spiral notebooks, regardless of whether they have a plastic or metal spiral binding, are recyclable. The preferred way to recycle them, however, is to remove the spiral binding prior to putting the notebook itself into your recycling bin.Read More
The first telephone book was published in February 1878. It was one page long and held fifty names. No numbers were listed, as the operator would connect you.Read More
As New Year’s resolutions nip at our heels and spring approaches, many of us feel like getting rid of the clutter in our lives. The “urge to purge”, if you will.
Americans generally have an abundance, if not an overabundance, of “stuff”; clothing, bedding, household items and collectibles taking up precious space in our homes where storage comes at a premium.Read More
The holidays mark days of family, friends, gift-giving and reflecting on all of the wonderful things we have in our lives. One of these things is an overabundance of food.Read More
What is bubble wrap?
Bubble wrap is a plastic material contains evenly spaced, protruding air-filled pockets. The term “bubble wrap” is a generic trademark owned by Sealed Air Corporation, co-founded by Alfred Fielding in 1960. The air-filled plastic packaging that comes with such shipments as Amazon packages is the same principal and made from the same or similar material.Read More
What are packing peanuts made of?
Polystyrene-based packing peanuts were invented in 1965 and have been used ever since…and can be used over and over again. Packing peanuts were originally made of foam, but since the 1990s there have been more “green” ingredients used such as corn or grain sorghum.Read More
Christmas decorations account for over half of seasonal decorations sales at 58.9% of total industry revenue. With this many decorations sold, a percentage of these sales will certainly be for Christmas lights. What should be done with these strands of lights when they burn out?Read More
What are padded mailing envelopes made of?
The outside of padded envelopes, or padded mailers, can be made of heavy paper, paperboard or corrugated fiberboard.
These are recyclable materials if they were recycled as a stand-alone item. It’s when they are fused with padding material that their ability to be recycled becomes more difficult to discern.
Along with the wonderful time spent with special people comes a lot of trash....to the tune of about 1 million tons per week between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an estimated increase in household trash of about 25 percent.Read More
In an age of plenty, what do you get someone for a birthday or Christmas? A gift card, of course. But what are they made of? What do I do with them after I use them?Read More