Surprising Green Facts – Recycle!

Recycling is so important it can’t be overstated. It takes a lot more energy to make things from scratch than it does using recycled products. Recycling cuts down our need for virgin material, such as petroleum for plastic bottles. It is no secret that our landfills have been overfilled, so we need to do what we can to cut down on waste. Here are some numbers for you:
80-100: Years a can will stay in a landfill before decomposing
700: Years needed for a plastic bottle to decompose
1 million: Years needed for decomposition of a glass bottle (yikes)*
By recycling just one aluminum can you save enough energy to run a television for about 3 hours. That is just one can. Multiply that by all the cans used in the United States and you start to get an idea of the magnitude of savings possible.
Even if you are out and about, don’t throw those cans and bottles in the regular trash. Save them until you get them to a place where they can be recycled.

Statistics courtesy of bottlesandcans.com
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It’s Easy Being Green

Recyclable, Reusable, Deliciously Edible and Sustainable – the Fancifull Motto

Taking care of this planet, and thus our future on it, has become a topic of much discussion.
The discussion is great, but what can each of us do to make this home of ours habitable for generations to come?
It is surprisingly easy how each of us can incorporate practices into our daily life that can effect change. At Fancifull we are designing more and more with the viewpoint of Recyclable, Reusable and Sustainable.
Below are some items we have found, and are using, that are fun to use and cut down on the waste, toxins, and use of petroleum.

Totes: They have become a great fashion accessory these days. Available in a variety of colors and shapes and you can make quite a statement carrying them – both fashion and ecology wise. My daughter and I have great fun sending each other different bags to lug our groceries home. I also use them at my shop when I have a lot to bring home, to take my cleaning to my organic dry cleaner and to bring my lunch to work. I just keep them in my car so they are always handy. I am even getting better about remembering to take them into the store!

We found a terrific line called Envirosax. They are lightweight and roll up small enough to fit in the palm of your hand with a snap to keep them rolled. You can throw them in your glove compartment, your purse, even a suitcase so you can keep them handy. We even have a five pack that comes in a pouch so you will never be without a satchel, yet the whole pouch can fit in under your seat (or in your glove compartment, unless it is jammed full like mine is).
Envirosax pocket totes
Why this is important: The plastic bags used at grocery stores are coming under a lot of scrutiny. They are toxic to make, put harmful emissions in the air, and add to the overwhelmingly full landfills. Many cities are considering banning them. Get a jump-start and use your own bags. I love mine. I would never consider going back to store bags. No bag folding or wondering what to do with all those plastic bags.

Stainless Steel Water Bottles: There are many reasons to switch to reusable stainless water bottles. Plastic has been proven to leach chemicals into the water and repeated use can create bacteria, which stainless doesn’t do. We found stainless steel bottles that are practical and good looking – a nice combination. They can be imprinted with a company name so make an original gift that will be used for years to come.

Why this is important: The manufacture of plastic bottles is painful to the environment-fumes and waste from making all that plastic- as well as a petroleum hog.
Estimates for the oil consumed to make the plastic water bottles, just for America alone, is between 15-17 million barrels a year. “It would be like filling up a quarter of every (water) bottle with oil,” says Peter Gleik, a water policy expert and director at the Oakland, Calif.-based Pacific Institute, which studies “real life solutions to water crises.” The water bottle industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic. Truly disturbing is that 77% of those bottles are not recycled and so wind up in overcrowded landfills.

You may still need to pick up a bottle of water here and there, but if you can start refilling a stainless steel bottle, especially for the gym, on your desk or at home, it will contribute to a cleaner environment for all. If everyone began using the two items above, think about the effect it would have on the planet. All that oil saved, all those fumes not being emitted, all that plastic not going into landfills.
It all helps.

I haven’t even mentioned how much money you can save. A stainless steel bottle costs about $10. Consider what you pay for water – both monetarily and environmentally. We have a water purifying system in our shop and home. These systems are very inexpensive, produce great tasting water, eliminate the need for water delivery (all those bottles have to make it to the store somehow) and make the use of our stainless steel water bottles very practical.

Bamboo: We are using bamboo trays as the container for gifts. This abundant plant is sustainable, grows free from pesticides and can even be made into cloth that is hypo allergenic – good for baby clothes. Speaking of which, in addition to trays we will have baby blankets and clothes out of this wonder fiber.

Why this is important: The following is information from Totally Bamboo, the company that supplies us with our bamboo trays.

Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in about three to five years, growing as much as two feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting, making it one of the most renewable resources known. The species we use, “Moso” timber bamboo is not a food source, or a habitat, for the Giant Panda.
Office Oasis
Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our world’s precious timberland.
The Color of Bamboo: Our bamboo comes in two colors, light, which is the natural color of the bamboo and dark, which is a honey color. The dark color is achieved by steaming the bamboo, bringing out the natural sugars, and caramelizing it. This color is permanent and will not fade or wash out.