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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Disney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle #review #RECYCLING

 Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

Although I try to do my best every day-we can all do better. I was pleased to be asked to review:Disney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle (Edda USA ;$12.95 hardcover)

Through the week I'm going to share some of the points made in the book and how we can do them. This is an easy reference book for the whole family. Its not really meant to be ready cover to cover-but you can- You'll find new ideas in every chapter. It simply explains what a carbon footprint,composting, and much more on how we can always keep learning how to be more sustainable.

After perusing the first few chapters a bit the chapter on recycling caught my eye - I do this already but I learned more facts as I read it and our family discuses it and  have found there are even MORE things we can recycle that we never thought of!

1. Appliances: Goodwill accepts working appliances, or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them (800/YES-1-CAN).
2.  Clothes: Wearable clothes can go to your local Goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women’s business clothing to Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs.  Swap clothes with friends and colleagues, and save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes.
3. Athletic shoes: Nike Reuse-a-Shoe turns them into athletic flooring. Soles4Souls and One World Running send still-wearable shoes to runners in need in developing countries.

4.  Batteries: You can recycle both rechargeable and single-use batteries with Battery Solutions.
5.  Computers and electronics: Find the most responsible recycler near you at Your local Best Buy store will also accept many types of electronics, large and small—from televisions and gaming systems to fans and alarm clocks. 

6.  Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs): Take them to your local IKEA store or Home Depot for recycling.

7.   Eyeglasses: Your local Lions Club or eye care chain may collect these.

8.  Foam packing: Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse. 

9. Ink/toner cartridges: Some of you local office supply stores will recycle them-  Recycle Place pays $1 each and will recycle them. 
10. Sports equipment: Resell or trade it at your local Play It Again Sports outlet, 800/476-9249.

 Besides the environmental reasons for recycling, there are also other reasons why is recycling important.
Recycling contributes to the economy! This is because recycling conserves resources and saves money, creates jobs and even generates revenue

when we recycle & reuse we reduce our waste stream by up to 75%!





  1. Kudos to Disney for putting this out. And I'm glad you posted about the eyecare facilities maybe taking glasses back. I have a pair to donate and will call to ask around. Have a great week!

    1. There are so many more things we can recycle-it just might take a little bit of work to find out who will take items. This book is just awesome-look for more post to come!

  2. I like that I can recycle batteries. I hate them in the landfills.

  3. We are not every green in our house, so I can use all the advice and tips I can get.

  4. I love that Disney put this out! It seems there are plenty of guides geared towards adults about recycling, but this can work for kids and adults! A great way to teach kids about what can and cannot be recycled, and the importance of doing so! There were several items on here I had no clue could be recycled - great to know!

  5. What great ideas! I need to go through my house now!

  6. We recycle as much as we can.. batteries, appliances or whatever we can..

  7. These are great suggestions. I have a few dead computers that I need to get rid of.

  8. I love this earth day craft idea. We donate a lot to goodwill.

  9. This is such an important post. Thanks for all of this valuable information. A lot of people don't know that you can recycle appliances, batteries, and printer ink. I had no idea you could recycle foam packaging. Need to remember that!

  10. I love that Disney mad a book like this. So many great ideas on how to help our environment. Some I knew about and some I didn't know about. Hopefully this post will get shared around to inform more people on how to make our environment more green. :-)

  11. We made the sidewalk paint from this book. It's a lot of fun

  12. This sounds like an awesome book indeed for going green. I love all these ideas and have been doing most of them. I didn't know though that Home Depot take fluorescent bulbs to recycle. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. This is fantastic. Lots of great stuff.


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