Earth Day News: Not All Recycled Materials Are Created Equal?

We have made no secret that mindfulness is big at Violet Hive. Recently we have been inspired by friends in our community that have a passion for sustainability. What we have found out has blown our minds and we wanted to share information to help recycled materials have a second life and not hit the landfill. Checkout a beginners guide to Recycling More Consciously and about our Up-cycle and Material Drive as Earth Day approaches.

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Hello and thanks for tuning in to the Buzz for some information and resources. Recycling, Sustainability, and Zero Waste are buzz words it seems recently. I have always cared about our planet, and with current conditions as they are, I wanted Violet Hive to become more active. For many, the idea of Zero Waste can be daunting. Advice from many in the field are to start small. Some easy ways to start might be shopping in bulk bins and putting food in your own jars, using more cloth instead of paper, and making some of your own products. Of course the list will keep growing but like anything it takes time to learn and adapt. Experts remind us that our country and system is not yet completely accessible for Sustainability or Zero Waste widely. So be gentle and kind with yourself as you incorporate many eco-friendly practices into your life.

As an organization over the last few weeks we started  by finding out what could be recycled curbside and what needed to be taken somewhere else to be recycle at Hard 2 Recycle locations such as Eco-cycle and SustainAbility. 
The most important thing we discovered is that you might think by adding an unknown item to your recycling bin that you are making a positive decision, but in fact, that is not the case as these items often cause more damage than help.  If these items are not in-fact recyclable they are contaminants and cause contamination and more things to head to the landfill.

Contamination happens when non-recyclable items are mixed in with recyclables items or when recyclable items are placed in the wrong recycling bins. Too much contamination is the reason manufacturers reject tons of recyclable cardboard, paper and other materials each year. Contaminants can reduce the quality of the final batch of material to be recycled, reduce production efficiency, break the machinery or endanger staff members who must stop the machinery to retrieve the item from a tight location.

RECYCLING TIPS FOR (SINGLE STREAM) DENVER RECYCLING BIN TO AVOID CONTAMINATION
•  NO moisture
•  NO Receipts
•  NO Food waste inside bags
•  NO Biodegradable plastic
•  NO Tape
•  NO Packing materials or peanuts

Links for Recycling (Single Stream) Denver Recycling Responsibly
The following are links to resources containing recycling guidelines and sources to begin to shift your footprint or impact on our environment and planet. (Please be aware that recycling guidelines vary by locality) 

List of Accepted Materials for Recycling, Denver
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/what-can-be-recycled.html

Things You May Not Know About Plastic Film Recycling
http://www.how2recycle.info/news/2017/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-plastic-film-recycling

Grocery Shopping With Less Waste, Safeway
http://www.bezero.org/be-zero-blog/2017/6/18/grocery-shopping-with-less-waste-safeway-grocery-store

SustainAbility
https://www.sustainability-recycling.com/
SustainAbility is a recycling company that combines a passion for the environment and recycling with an understanding that every human being has gifts and talents to offer our communities and our planet. SustainAbility employs individuals with various disabilities, which is often an under-employed segment of our society. However, at sustainAbility this diverse work force plays a huge part in helping to divert valuable resources from landfills. 

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PRE-Earth Day UP-CYCLED MATERIAL Drive at Violet Hive
SATURDAY, April 21, 2018, 10am- 12pm (shorter time due to weather)

The items below will be drive items we are collecting to use in art making with our onsite studios and mobile programming.

  • fabric, ribbon, yarn, crochet thread, lace
  • floss containers
  • grape tomato plastic (clamshell)
  • buttons (in packages ok)
  • craft wood, wood sticks
  • pipe cleaners, pompoms. feathers
  • wine corks & beer bottle caps
  • yogurt containers and lids (Noosa etc.)
  • glass jars with lids
    -baby food & medium-sized, spaghetti sauce jars
  • aluminum foil, freezer,  wax paper
  • plastic caps (milk, OJ, soda, Gatorade, all colors)

  • any art supplies still usable (paint, watercolors, etc.)

  • glue guns, mod podge, glue sticks, Elmer's glue

    OUR UP-CYCLED ART MATERIAL DRIVE IS STILL ON FOR TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST BETWEEN 10AM AND 12PM (NOTE THE SHORTER TIME FRAME DUE TO POSSIBLE INCLEMENT WEATHER). SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE, THANK YOU!

    If you have any questions or need to schedule a different drop off time please shoot us a message our contact us page.

    Do Good & Be Well,
    XOXO

    Amy

 

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