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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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority

Sorority girls seem to be getting more and more backlash, but why?

To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority,

I buy my friends? Wow. First time I’ve ever gotten that, good one.

Do you feel better now? Was it all you hoped for?

I doubt it.

I’m not the “typical” sorority girl but I’ve also come to the realization that there isn’t a “typical” sorority girl. We are all different and believe it or not we are all just like you. The letters I wear on my chest don’t make me stupid. They don’t make me a bitch. They don’t make me spoiled. They don’t make me an alcoholic. They don’t make me fake. They don’t make me a slut. And they sure as heck don’t make me any better than you.

What my letters made me is better than I was before.

Some sorority stereotypes are inevitable. Yes, I love my Big. Yes, my Littles are my life. I’m guilty of being a master with a glue gun, and I’ll admit that new letter shirts make me giddy as a 5-year-old on Christmas morning.

But here’s what you don’t know — before I joined my sorority I couldn’t speak to a group of five people without turning red. Now I help run meetings in front of 45 women. Before, I would never have had the courage to go up to a group of girls and sit with them for lunch. Now I’m actually invited (crazy, I know). Before, I struggled with my grades. Now I have sisters in my major offering help. Before, my resume was empty. Now, it's full of leadership positions and community service hours. Before, I didn’t quite feel accepted. Now, I’m welcomed lovingly into an extremely diverse group. What’s so bad about all of that?

I get it. Sororities aren’t for everyone. I’ll even go as far to say that some of us sorority girls can be a little much. But what’s the point of dissing something that you don’t understand? Next time you’re about to make a cruel stereotypical joke, think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. Instead of making fun of sorority girls, sit down with one and find out why it’s so important to her.


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There's A Difference Between Healthy And Unhealthy Competition

Competition quickly goes from being healthy to unhealthy when it begins to spark feelings of jealousy and inadequacy.


A little competition is never a hurtful thing. Healthy competition often serves as a motivator and challenges us to reach our goals. However, there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy competition. Competition quickly goes from being healthy to unhealthy when it begins to spark feelings of jealousy and inadequacy. It is important to take a step back and analyze the competition we feel in our daily lives to ensure it is coming from a healthy source rather than something that makes us feel less about ourselves.

I think that the healthiest form of competition is one in which we compete against ourselves. When we challenge ourselves to become a better person every day and set daily goals to achieve our dreams, we are pursuing a healthy form of competition. This form of competition helps us to continuously grow and challenges us to find creative solutions to the problems we face. This competition is healthy because it serves as a motivating factor. We are not focusing on comparing ourselves to the successes of others, and instead, are comparing the person we were yesterday to the one we want to become today.

Competition can easily become unhealthy when we begin comparing ourselves to others. We all have different natural talents and abilities. It is important to recognize that we can't be good at everything. Some people are better writers, while others are more talented in playing instruments. However, this doesn't mean that we don't "measure up." We should never compare our natural talents to those of other people. We must recognize our abilities and celebrate the areas in which we are the most skilled.

Unhealthy competition often leads to a scarcity mindset. When we start comparing ourselves to others, we believe that there is limited success in the world to go around. This scarcity mindset stems from a feeling of fear and inadequacy. It makes us feel that since someone else is experiencing success, our ability to be successful is diminished. There is plenty of success and achievement to go around for everyone to experience. The successes of others do not limit our individual success.

Competition is also unhealthy when it is motivated by seeking attention and validation from outside sources. Many of us constantly compete with others so that our successes can be validated and recognized by outside sources. This mindset impacts our self-worth and serves to lessen our ability to perform and reach our goals. Seeking validation from outside sources is a losing game. Your efforts do not have to be validated by others for you to know that you are worthy.

In my opinion, the unhealthiest form of competition is when it is used to diminish others. Competition is often used to sabotage the successes of others in hopes that we can advance our own personal success. This form of competition leads to unhealthy relationships and an overall unhealthy environment.

It is crucial that we recognize the difference between unhealthy and healthy competition. When used to motivate ourselves and celebrate others, competition can be a healthy thing in our lives. We must learn to use competition in a healthy manner to pursue our goals and help others achieve theirs.

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