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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7 Reasons Why You Should Wake Up Early

Waking up early can help you in so many ways!

We all live our lives sleeping until the very last second until we need to actually get up. As a college student, we strongly believe there is not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Well, I’m going to tell you seven reasons why you should get up early in the morning.

1.You time

If you are a busy person, you can use this time to really spend time with yourself before you have to go out and deal with things. You use this time for however you want to spend it. Meditation, watching your favorite show, reading a book, whatever you want to do. This is your time!

2. Get stuff done

If you have so much to do in a week and you feel there isn’t time in a day to get it all done, you can use the time that you wake up to do it. Doing some of the things that will take the longest time is what could be ideal for this time. It’ll wake you up and get you even more prepared to conquer the day.

3. Go to the gym

Working on your health is very important, but when you have more on your plate and errands to run, its hard to find that good time to go the gym. This would be a perfect time to go to the gym and get that workout in for the day.

4. Take your time getting ready

There are a lot of times when some of us who work early in the morning looking our bare minimum. We put on the most basic outfit and just take it as it is. Well within this time, you can really pick out an outfit and take a shower and still take your time getting ready. You can look your absolute best and rocking the day!

5. Meal prepping

I don’t meal prep, but this could be the perfect time to meal prep for the week. Make your meals on an early Monday morning. Make a list on Sunday and then look at it on Monday morning and prepare it. What better way to start your week off right?

6. Good for your mental health

Waking up early helps you stress less and how you start of your day impacts how the rest of your day is going to go. Wake up relaxed and smooth, that’s how your day will go. You won't be rushing around your place trying to make it on time for work or class.

7. You’ll be even more happy with life

Most people who wake up early and live their life seem to be more happy than someone who sleeps in. They are living their best life and I feel like that starts with getting up early and getting ready to conquer the day.

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When You're The Girl With Her Heart On Her Sleeve

The signs that your heart is your life guide.

There's a saying that certain people tend to wear there heart on their sleeve. I would say I have spent most of my life being one of those people Wearing your heart on your sleeve means that you live your life more intuitively with your emotions. You do not hide the way you feel but express and embrace it.

When you make major decisions in your life, your gut instinct will be a true guide for you to figure out the right decision to make. You will never take things lightly or "as they come" for you it will be more of an all or nothing kind of feeling. You will ask others for advice but still be in tune with yourself in the end.

When you fall in love, it will be all-consuming and overwhelmingly passionate kind of love. Kindness will be a natural character trait. You will be sweet towards nearly every person you meet. People will be attracted to the energy you bring and will be excited to become more open.

While other people will be trusting, you usually see the best in everyone, which can be both good and bad. It is no secret when you are in a good or bad mood as you will easily display the characteristics of it on your face.

Empathy is more than something you think about its something that you will feel. Other peoples emotions will easily rub off on you and you will always be able to tell someone's mood the minute you walk in a room.

Along with learning from others emotions and energy, wearing your heart on your sleeve really means what it sounds like. You will put yourself out there for the world which can be good and bad. While you may be able to be hurt easily you will not suffer from resiliency and should be able to recover from nearly any situation.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve will lead you to share your passion, joy, and life excitement with others. People will know what makes your heart light up. Ultimately, people who wear their heart on their sleeve are positive, optimistic, and open. They are a gift to the world and you should embrace your chance to be surrounded by free-spirited life-loving individuals.

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