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Parents, we know you have a lot going on. A lot of us at CalRecycle are parents too! We’re not trying to make things harder for you. In fact, once you get the hang of some of our Earth-protecting tips, you’ll find they’re not all that difficult—it’s just a matter of changing old habits. Shopping for secondhand clothes makes sense, saves money, and isn’t any more difficult than shopping at a retail store. Packing an environmentally friendly lunch can save you money in the long run. Give these tips a try and see what you think!
#CleanCaliforniaForAll #CaliforniaForAll #EarthDayPosted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Apr 16, 2019
When I was in college, there were no iPhones, Netflix didn’t have an online streaming option, and I’m pretty sure Facebook was still called The Facebook. Many things have changed since then, but at least one thing remains the same—it’s grad season and it’s time to celebrate that special student in your life! Here are the perfect presents for the practical (past) pupil—oh, and they’re environmentally friendly.
What do all college students lack? Cash money! Sure, it’s not the most thoughtful gift, but cash is something every recent graduate needs, and they can use it to buy whatever they want—or even stuff they don’t want (like their first student loan payment). Plus, cash doesn’t come with unnecessary frills or packaging. Put it in a recyclable envelope, direct deposit it, or just make it rain.
Later, Lunch Lady
Luckily, I had a grandma to cook my meals during my four years of college, but not everyone is that fortunate. College meals for your graduate most likely included Top Ramen, microwaveable mac and cheese, and cafeteria food. So, while they were feeding their minds, learning how to cook was probably on the back burner. Buy them some cooking lessons because while they may not need trigonometry in real life, they sure will need to eat at some point! And when you understand cooking, you understand the importance of avoiding food waste.
Most colleges offer free gym services so students can burn off stress and calories, but once out of school, regular gyms can be incredibly expensive. Help them stay fit, strong, and healthy by getting them a gym membership. And while you’re at it, get them a reusable water bottle—they’re going to need to stay hydrated while getting swole.
AV Members Only
Once they’re out of school, your graduate can take a breather—and maybe binge on some shows they missed out on while they were studying. Get them a Hulu, Netflix, or HBO Go subscription so they can chill out in front of the TV for a day (or week). Alternatively, if you want them to stay woke and keep up with current events, order them an online subscription to a newspaper like the New York Times or Los Angeles Times—no newspapers to recycle, just important breaking news.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
But, if it is broken, do fix it instead of throwing it in the trash. It may have been a while since they took a shop class, but it’s vital that your grad have a tool kit—and not the kind of tools that came with your assembly-required IKEA desk for your college apartment. (I guarantee you’re not going to be able to fix anything with two Allen wrenches and a leftover wooden peg.) Get them a real tool kit with all the essentials because (1) it’s expensive to buy new things every time they break and (2) there’s no reason to throw items in the trash just because they have a loose screw or a wobbly leg.
Did we miss any gifts that are perfect for the eco-friendly college or high school graduate? Let us know!Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on May 23, 2018
You’ve been there before—the lights suddenly go out and you’re not sure exactly when they’re going to come back on again. It could be a few minutes, or it could be an hour. Who knows? How do you occupy yourself until then? Hopefully, when all goes dark this time, it’ll be because you’re participating in Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, 2018, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour originated in Sydney, Australia, 11 years ago. Since then, 187 countries have participated, with people shutting off lights during the designated hour. The idea is to make an environmental statement by reducing power consumption and therefore reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
Here is a list of fun things to do while you’re showing solidarity for the planet.
Whether you’re alone or with friends and family, stargazing is always a fun activity! Head up to the roof (if it’s safe) or out to your backyard, or hike to a quiet and dark location. As it turns out, Venus is quite brilliant this year—and you’ll look bright too when you impress your friends with your knowledge of constellations using this sky map: https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-march-2018
Light the table with candles (wax or LED) and pour some wine. Make it romantic or gab with your girlfriends. Either way, you’ll be sipping wine, having fun, and showing your support for the planet. Pick a California bottle with this article of perfect pairings: http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/meet-the-grapes/wine-and-food/
Open Your Ears
Close your eyes and open your ears to the sounds of a new album or an old favorite. Cutting out the distraction of lights can really open up your other senses like hearing. You may find yourself discovering new sounds on an album you listened to a million times. Check out free music software like Spotify for new music. https://www.spotify.com/us/
Game Night, Scary Stories, and a Blanket Fort
Gather the kids around and give them a little fright with a spooky ghost story session, or play a fun game like 20 questions inside a homemade blanket fort. (You can set up the fort just before it’s time for lights out to avoid mishaps.) Then you can relive your childhood camp memories with your little ones and save energy at the same time. Here are a few questions to get you started: http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-question-to-ask-kids/
You usually have trouble finding the time for fitness, but Earth Hour is the perfect opportunity for a night run, if the weather permits in your location. Make sure to bring at least one buddy and wear reflective running gear for safety. Find some examples of night running gear here: https://www.active.com/running/articles/9-tips-for-your-night-runs
Long Exposure Photo Shoot
Get out your camera for a long exposure photo shoot that will no doubt yield some stunning results. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the controls on your camera before show time, and don’t forget your tripod to prevent blurry backgrounds. The goal is to capture your subject in movement against a solid background. That can be car headlights, stars, or even someone moving around the scene creating a ghostly figure.Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Mar 22, 2018