10 Easy Items You Never Thought To Recycle

10 Easy Items You Never Thought To Recycle

Common items you may have overlooked.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Each and every one of us can be making the world a healthier place. The ability to do so is right at our fingertips. Whether you know it or not, there are so many different overlooked items that we could be recycling. Below are 10 items that you can easily recycle.

1. Newspaper

While sitting at the kitchen table during breakfast, recycling your daily read is not often thought about. However, did you know that by not recycling your newspaper, you are contributing to the one-third of paper waste in the U.S? That's a lot, one-third of all our waste is paper, of which most can be recycled.

2. Computers

Ever thought about how hard it is to get rid of that old, broken computer? Well now you have a solution, recycle it! Yes, you read that right, you can recycle your old computer. Sometimes if your computer is in good condition, it can be given to organizations who will place it with people who can use it. In other cases, the computer can be sent to recycling centers where they till take it apart and salvage any working parts. -Before doing this, you may want to think about wiping your hard drive.

3. Steel Cans

This can include cans from vegetables, soups, coffee and much more. About 71% of steel cans end up being recycled. This saves about 75% of the energy it would take to produce a new can. If you need to think bigger, that energy could be used to power 18 million homes.

4. Household Batteries

There are many toxic chemicals in batteries that are harmful to the environment. This can be avoided by recycling them. Simply ask your local library and post office to see if they collect them for recycling, most do!

5. Power Cords

Most people have tons of chargers, that aren't used anymore, just laying around from their old phones. These cords should not be thrown away, just like many other electronics. Do your research and find out where you can bring these cords to be disposed of properly.

6. Cooking Oil

You read that right, your cooking oil can be recycled. Not into new oil, but in this day in age vegetable oil and oils alike can be used as a power source. Simply look up the location of places you can give your used kitchen oil to.

7. Packing Peanuts

Generally, styrofoam is not recycled so try to avoid it when possible. However, if you get a package in the mail with styrofoam in it, take a trip to your locate UPS store to see if they accept them. Many of these stores do take them, try to turn them in when possible.

8. Crayons

Recycle those childhood crayons you have lying around all broken, someone can benefit from them. Look up the Crayon Recycle Program, they will take any unwanted and damage crayons and turn them into new ones. How cool?!

9. Grey Water

What is grey water? Great question. Grey water is gently used water from your bathroom or kitchen. Next time you are washing dishes, collect the water and use it to hydrate your houseplants. Now, if you really want to recycle your grey water, think about having a landscape-direct system put in. This will lead water directly from your washing machine to your garden and outside plants. This doesn't require you to change the existing plumbing either. Consider talking to your plumber about your options.

10. Holiday Lights

With Christmas right around the corner, sort of, so many of us will be taking our lights out to put them on the tree and realize they don't work. Don't throw them out! Check out HolidayLEDS.com for some guidelines on how to ship your lights to them and much more. Through their program, you will be able to send away any unwanted holiday lights you have, while recycling them instead of just throwing them out. *Bonus Alert* you will also receive a coupon good for 15% off LED Christmas lights on HolidayLEDs.com!

Finally, always remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Don't just stop with this list, there are endless possibilities of items we can all recycle. Check of Personal Creations for a much longer list of items you can recycle.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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I Have No Label

Labels aren't for everyone, and I'm one of them.


There's a huge pressure from society for people to know things about themselves—what they want to do with their life, what career they want to be tethered to, where they plan on being five years from now—that we really shouldn't add more pressure by requiring people to know their sexual orientation and gender identity.

I've always been pretty comfortable with my gender, but my sexuality? I'm still figuring that one out. I grew up in a fairly conservative home, so I was never exposed to the LGBT+ community or anything similar to it. Straight was the only way to go, and I grew up completely fine with that. It's only now that I know I'm not, that I'm realizing some of the things I did, probably should have told me I wasn't sooner.

Thankfully, it was never a huge source of stress for me because I was OK with being straight. I was fine with the idea of only being into men because I mostly still am. It's just that "mostly" bit that has me thrown off.

If I'm not fully into just guys, does that make me bisexual? What's the full difference between them, anyway? What does "bi" really imply, anyway? Two? Which two? Does the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexual" even really matter?

Do people identify as "pansexual" because the distinction of "bi" is misleading since there are more than just two genders?

Speaking of genders, would I date someone whose gender identity doesn't conform to the binary? How about a transgender person? How can I really know this for a fact without dating someone like that?

All of these thoughts gave me countless headaches, and they still do if I think too hard about it. Since I'm still discovering myself, I'm not fully comfortable labeling my sexuality as anything other than "not straight."

That should be totally fine.

If anything, I think this should be encouraged. It puts way less stress on people who are already stressed beyond belief. It shouldn't be something that a person has to know immediately, and they shouldn't have to ever label themselves if they aren't comfortable with it.

Let people explore their sexuality and gender. If they find a label early, let them. They may change it later. They may not. As long as they're happy with it, what does it matter? Why tell them "no?" Even if you're their parent or caregiver, you should at least be fine with them exploring their own identity and figuring their life out.

It's healthy, and ultimately, it will make them a happier person to know they had support for the whole wild ride.

Respect people if they find nothing and choose to stay label-less.

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