Paper Is One of The Most Recycled Products in The World

We do use a lot of paper but at least we seem to be moving in the right direction as regards recycling it. In the last 20 years or so, the recovery rate for paper has almost doubled. This is great to see but of course there is still room for improvement. This infographic from Colourfast takes you through the progress we are making but also offers advice on how we can further improve.

Saving paper saves more than trees with one ton of recycled paper incredibly saving 60,000 gallons of water. There are some misconceptions about what can and can’t be recycled. For example, some people believe that you need to remove staples, paper clips etc. before you recycle but remember that modern recycling procedures are generally designed to do this for you. Find out more in the infographic.

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Top 7 Tips for Eco-Friendly Travellers

With concern for the environment growing on a daily basis, many travellers are thinking twice before they plan their next big adventure. Most of the time, travel is wasteful. Pollutants are released into the air, fossil fuels are burned, and garbage is left behind. Things don’t have to be that way if you change the way you travel. With eco-friendly travel on the rise, it’s easier than ever.

1. Be Careful About Generating Trash

You can use the same reusable containers you use at home. Just bring them with you. Most establishments will happily serve you food and drinks in the containers you’ve provided. You can wash them and reuse them for your entire trip, minimizing or eliminating the need for single use disposable products.

2. Choose Your Accomodations Wisely  Staying at a hotel makes it hard to prepare your own meals and recycle what you need to recycle. Looking into flat shares is a great option – especially if the person you’re staying with already lives in an environmentally responsible way. You’ll have a kitchen you can use to prepare food you’ve purchased rather than having to eat out all the time, and you can take full advantage of the environmental sustainability of the home you’re staying in.

2. Choose Your Accomodations Wisely

Staying at a hotel makes it hard to prepare your own meals and recycle what you need to recycle. Looking into flat shares is a great option – especially if the person you’re staying with already lives in an environmentally responsible way. You’ll have a kitchen you can use to prepare food you’ve purchased rather than having to eat out all the time, and you can take full advantage of the environmental sustainability of the home you’re staying in.

3. Opt Into Nature and Out of Tourist Traps

Tourist traps use up a lot of electricity and generate a lot of waste. The best way to view this situation is by thinking about what really matters the most. An attraction designed for a tourist doesn’t necessarily embody the spirit of your destination. What about the nature, or the wildlife reserves? You can enjoy a place even more when you venture to its roots.

4. Investigate Your Transportation Options

Cities that see a lot of tourism often offer high efficiency electric scooters or bicycles that can be rented for local travel. If you need to go a longer distance, stick to the public transportation. Not only will you save the money you would have spent on a rental, but you also won’t be adding to the emissions while you’re away.

5. Stay Local

One of the best things about exploring a new place is enjoying the things they produce locally. Craft beers, boutique wines, locally grown coffee, and farmer’s market food gives you a chance to try something new and exciting. Don’t rely on imports when you don’t have to – they put more strain on the environment, and you’ll really be missing out on the most delicious aspects of a new place.

6. Keep It Intimate

The more people on the trip, the more of an impact you’ll have. Don’t bring people who don’t really want to go. Giant group trips are really hard to plan and they’re very expensive. Limit your travel companions to the people in your closest circle. Take your sweetheart, your best friend, or even go it alone.

7. Give Back When You Take

We all share the same environment. While you’re away, volunteer to improve or protect the environment. You’ll learn a lot, meet the locals, and give back to the community you’re experiencing. If you can’t find an opportunity while you’re away, do some good for the environment back at home. We all live on one planet, and when good is done in any part of the world, it affects everyone positively.

You don’t have to let concerns about the environment prevent you from going out and enjoying your life. Just be smart in the way you travel, and do your best to respect the world no matter where you are.

Jessica Landor is an experienced blogger who likes to share her knowledge and write about anything that makes other’s lives better and easier. She likes to cover productivity, green living and self-improvement topics. Whenever not working, she’s on her yoga classes.

Tips for Recycling Your Construction Waste

In a healthy economy, construction waste makes up one-third of all refuse. At this scale, even small efforts towards recycling and reusing leftover building material or debris make a big change. Construction waste consists mostly of concrete, wood, drywall, shingles, asphalt and metal, but also cardboard and plastic from packaging. Although considered waste, many of these materials are valuable commodities that can be recycled to make new products or used in many ways. In short, recycling benefits both a construction business and the environment.
 Description	 English: A bag of cut polyurethane blocks that have been cut up and can no longer be used. As can be clearly seen, this kind of insulator is wasteful, and as such, extra expensive. A more suitable alternative could be compressed straw as insulator, or other alternatives. Date	17 June 2008 Source	 Own work Author	 KVDP
Planning before building

As a large part of building waste can be recycled or reused, its removal needs preparation from the very beginning. Along with other construction plans, make one for waste collection, disposal and recycling. Mark a place on the site where workers can dispose of debris and material leftovers. This site mustn’t obstruct the work, nor cause any safety hazards for workers.

Discarded materials and their uses

Each discarded material has its recyclable potential. Bricks, for example, can be reused or crushed to make road bases. Undamaged windows and doors can be refitted to other homes, as well as plumbing fixtures, like tubs. Lumber and wood products can be reused for further construction or converted to mulch or biomass fuel. Metals can be smelted and converted into other products. Vegetation and trees can be replanted if possible or used for biomass fuel.

Building it back

Probably the best and the safest method is to integrate construction waste into a new building or another building site, where applicable. For example, if you are remodelling, you don’t have to demolish the walls, but rather reconfigure or move them. Lumber leftovers from wood-framed structures can be used for fire blocking or as spacers. In addition, use building materials supplied in standard measurements whenever possible. The less you have to cut or remove, the less waste you will create. What is more, standard dimensions let you reuse any leftover materials more easily.  

Deconstruction instead demolition

Some laws propose or encourage removing reusable items without damage so they can be reused in housing projects. A contractor who is paying for the removal can even be granted certain tax benefits. If no such project exists, the contractor can organize a front yard sale of items like radiators, grates, piping, fixtures and fittings that are in acceptable condition.

Sorting the waste

In order to process them easier later on, different types of construction waste need to be deposited in separate piles. Concrete, asphalt, bricks and shingles can go together. Window frames and doors can go on the pile for wood and timber leftovers. Plastic, cables and nylons will go in the third, and so on. Separating and sorting materials from the very beginning makes them easier to remove and also lowers the disposal costs.

Local is always cheaper

You can avoid costly transport expenses by browsing local businesses that specialize in construction waste removal. Inquire what each of them offers and select the one that has an efficient recycling programme. To save time and money, ask them to provide containers on the site so you can dispose of materials on the go. Alternatively, you can dispose of waste every time you go out to fetch new building materials. Selecting a reputable waste recycling centre can save you a lot of headaches.  

Safety measures

When sorting and separating items in containers, make sure no unwanted materials get inside. If any amount of rubbish is placed with the sorted waste, the entire load is considered unacceptable for recycling. Make sure the bins and containers have clear labels for different types of waste.

There are many ways to reuse construction waste, so make sure it doesn’t simply end on the landfill. By recycling materials or integrating them into further construction, you won’t only reduce the amount of waste produced by the site, but also make savings through different municipal projects or by selling reusable items.

How to Select a Green Lodge when Traveling, Part 1

You are a person who puts active thought into eco-practices at home, but what happens when you go on vacation? Do you ever wonder “Where Can I Find a ‘Green’ Hotel or B&B?” or “How Can I Tell the Difference Between an Authentic Eco Lodge and One That Is Not?” or “Is There a Reliable Directory I Can Use?” If you have asked those questions, you’re in good company. But the answers are surprisingly complicated.

Here’s the reality: there is no one universal authority or definitive tool that eco-conscious consumers can turn to for sourcing “green” vacation accommodations.


With hundreds of countries around the world – all with different government agencies, infrastructure, politics, regulations, and living standards – it is a most difficult task to devise a uniform platform.

In a pinch, that’s the bad news.

The good news is that the ecotourism industry is relatively young and evolving quickly. More consumers are demanding “eco-friendly” travel options, so there will be a response in kind from the industry. More information will become available via online directories and useful apps ready to download to your smart phone or tablet.——————————————————————————————————

Costa Rica is a top-ranked destination for “green” vacations. Click here to learn more about a jungle lodge and rafting adventures down the Pacuare River in Costa Rica – https://www.ecotourlinq.com/blog/spotlight-interview-with-rios-tropicales

Photo: Rafting on the Pacuare River  Photo credit: Rios Tropicales
Photo: Rafting on the Pacuare River Photo credit: Rios Tropicales

What does a green lodge look like? Well the facility can be any number of things – a working ranch or farm, a seaside hotel, a mountain inn, a jungle lodge (on the ground or in the trees), a small village B&B, a desert bunker, a campground, or a dormitory-style hostel. Frequently these accommodations will be located inside or near a national park or possibly a World Heritage Site.
Coming up in Part 2 – Tourism Bureaus and Ecotourism Associations

Guest Writer Bio: Deborah Regen is the publisher of a website directory and blog dedicated to consumer information about ecotourism and sustainable travel. She also sends out a free monthly e-newsletter to subscribers including notices of giveaways. https://www.EcoTourLinQ.com and her email = admin@ecotourlinq.com

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY & FUNNY OR DIE LAUNCH BOILING THE FROG with SENATOR AL FRANKEN

NEW YORK / LOS ANGELES – We bet you didn’t think climate change could make you laugh! But this new series can…

The Primetime Emmy® Award-winning television and digital series Years of Living Dangerously has joined forces with Funny Or Die to launch a new digital series which tackles the issues surrounding climate change with humor.

Produced in collaboration with The Years Project, Years of Living Dangerously is the multimedia series that has brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues and revealed emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from around the planet.

Produced in collaboration with The Years Project, Years of Living Dangerously is the multimedia series that has brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues and revealed emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from around the planet.

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Season 1 of the new series Boiling the Frog with Senator Al Franken involves six five-minute episodes. Each episode will be released every week on the Facebook pages of Funny Or Die and Years of Living Dangerously beginning July 10th. The entire season will also be available on www.funnyordie.com. Each episode can be embedded on other sites via the Facebook or YouTube versions of the videos.

U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, the former comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member, has emerged as a powerful voice on climate change and environmental issues in the U.S. Senate. But it’s a serious job and for the past decade he really hasn’t had the opportunity to be that funny.

“I thought Senator Al Franken had lost his comedic mojo,” said series creator and executive producer David Gelber. “And I assumed that his mind was permanently stuck in the serious policymaker mode. But our team discovered that this guy still has it. And with great humor he’s able to tackle the hot-button and deadly-serious issue of climate change in a way that is both hilarious and informative.”

“Senator Franken literally gave us the third chair – a front row seat – to his conversations and interactions with former late night television host David Letterman and some of his Senate colleagues,” said series creator and executive producer Joel Bach. “And the result is special. We find that Franken is a truly optimistic Senator when it comes to climate change, even as he holds back no punches when it comes to the lobbyists and politicians who are pushing for a U-turn in climate change policies.”

Episode 1: Intro

Senator Franken talks about climate change by making an analogy: an overweight heavy smoker wants to find a doctor who will tell him he doesn’t have to change his lifestyle at all. The question is, just who is this doctor?

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Episode 2: Siegfried & Roy

Senator Franken tells Letterman about who is behind a lot of the inaction in Washington on climate change. He calls them Siegfried and Roy, and they have Franken’s Republican colleagues running scared. Who are these guys?http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1d1411374f/boiling-the-frog-ep-2-siegfried-and-roy

Senator Franken tells Letterman about who is behind a lot of the inaction in Washington on climate change. He calls them Siegfried and Roy, and they have Franken's Republican colleagues running scared. Who are these guys? https://www.instagram.com/YearsOfLiving/

Episode 3: Little Rhody

Senator Franken wants Letterman to hear about a real solution to climate change. Behind Franken’s senate office door is just the man to explain it. Hint: he’s from “Little Rhody.”

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/a7b547e19b/boiling-the-frog-ep-3-little-rhody

Episode 4: Don’t Drink the Water

Senator Franken is impressed that Letterman went to India to find out what the Indians are doing about climate change. But he also wonders, “Dave, when you were in India, why did you seem so stupid?”

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/357ddf0162/boiling-the-frog-ep-4-don-t-drink-the-water

Episode 5: Igneous

Senator Franken and Letterman take on Trump for having no idea why coal jobs are really disappearing. Then Franken takes on Letterman for using the word ‘igneous’.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6bb176c541/boiling-the-frog-ep-5-igneous

Episode 6: Is He A Doctor Or A Barber?  Senator Franken and Letterman learn that Letterman’s prodigious beard is actually a powerful weapon in the struggle to control carbon emissions.

Episode 6: Is He A Doctor Or A Barber?

Senator Franken and Letterman learn that Letterman’s prodigious beard is actually a powerful weapon in the struggle to control carbon emissions.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/3c8d2913ed/boiling-the-frog-ep-6-is-he-a-doctor-or-a-barber

The first season of Years of Living Dangerously won the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and was executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Emmy-winning “60 Minutes” producers Joel Bach and David Gelber. Season Two ran on National Geographic to critical acclaim in late 2016.

The first season of Years of Living Dangerously won the 2014 Emmy award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and was executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Emmy-winning “60 Minutes” producers Joel Bach and David Gelber. Season Two ran on National Geographic to critical acclaim in late 2016.

Funny Or Die launched in April 2007 and has grown into a premier comedy brand and production studio known for creating award-winning, high-quality content with a global audience of more than 70 million. Funny Or Die is the #1 comedy brand on both Twitter and Facebook. Funny Or Die is the top destination for celebrity-driven comedy videos and highly topical political commentary. Funny Or Die’s founders are Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy), and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Judd Apatow is also a principal partner.

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