Universities Compete in RecycleMania

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Back in January 2001, the recycling coordinators at Ohio University and Miami University decided to challenge each other to find out which campus had students who would recycle better than the other.  Thus, they launched the yearly RecycleMania: www.RecycleMania.com competition.  This competition enables universities to compete and challenge each other to determine who can recycle the most.

Beginning in 2004, as explained on www.RecycleMania.com, they partnered with the US EPA WasteWise program to develop a website and provide administrative support for the program. Participation in the Tournament competition continued to grow with 93 schools in 2006; 210 in 2007; and 400 in 2008. The most recent 2011 competition included 630 colleges representing 49 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Over 7.5 million students and staff participated, collectively recycling 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered.

RecycleMania taps into university school spirit by turning recycling into competitive motivators to reach students who may not otherwise respond to environmental messages.  When many college students are forming the habits and values they will carry for the rest of their lives, this competitive program works to reinforce and build on those practices.

One way that students can make recycling a daily habit is to have a Fibrex Group apartment multi-recycler bin in their dorm or apartment.   Even the Clear View recycling receptacle would be perfect for common areas in the dorm building.     Both recycling containers are made from recycled plastic, are sturdy, easy to use, and even look cool in a college student’s living space.  Show the world & your university that you care about the environment – recycle!

Use the Recycle Box to Start a Marker Recycling Program

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Every year Crayola makes half a billion markers to be sold around the world.  That’s enough markers to circle the earth more than three times!  Millions of kids use and love markers, but they are becoming concerned with the problem of discarded plastics.  These plastics escape into the ocean and then enter our food chain as they are broken down into smaller pieces.

“I love your markers, but I’d like to tell you it’s polluting. So can I please send some of your markers back? I love your product, but hate pollution," says Zachary, age 9 from Sun Valley School in a letter to Crayola.

These students started an online campaign against Crayola to get them to start a “take back” program.  Noting the slow response from Crayola, competitor Dixon Ticonderoga agreed to start a “take back” program simply because it’s “the right thing to do,” CEO Timothy Gomez stated in a press release.

Dixon Ticonderoga’s recycling program will process the company's Prang line of markers for recycling. The company will offer prepaid UPS shipping labels for marker hauls of seven pounds or more.

To encourage the recycling efforts of Sun Valley Elementary students, the company has provided the school a year’s supply of Prang markers.

The Fibrex Group’s Recycle Box would be a perfect solution for collecting all of those markers at schools, daycares, recreation centers, or even at home.  The Recycle Box comes in a generous 32 or 44 gallon bin size and is made from recycled plastic itself so the kids can see the closure of the recycling loop in person.

The Crayola petition is still available to sign online at Change.org.

Dress Up Your Local Park with Designer Recycling Receptacles

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In our neck of the woods, as well as many others, back to school means back to organized sports for many of our kids.  I was happy to notice last weekend at our local soccer fields, that the park has now obtained recycling containers!

Many of these waste and recycling containers were placed throughout the park and even at many of the soccer fields where my kids play.  It’s such an awesome idea to get kids and families to recycle where they play.  Teaching kids about the stewardship of the earth and their environment is an easy task, but parents just need the right tools to give them a great example of how to do it.

Many companies are now marketing “dress-up” recycle bins that look great, enhance the natural environment in which they are placed, and of course, serve a necessary purpose in their locales.  The users of these containers also find it easy and convenient to recycle while they are not at home.  

Whether the recycling receptacles are designed using recycled plastic lumber such as Fibrex’s Envirodesign Series or made from metal like the Stadium Series, the public truly appreciates having modern, functional recycling containers in which to place their used recyclables.

What better place to recycle than at the park!

Buy Local – Support your Local Farmers

Posted: September 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The kids all got on the bus this morning and summer has officially come to an end.  Now, we moms have to start thinking about having enough healthy after-school snacks in the house and prepared dinners for the family.  Of course your best bet would be to buy local.

While you can always get fresh pickings at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, and Fresh Market, it’s always best to support our local farmers.  My community is fortunate enough to have the Smithfield Farmers Market every Saturday from May – October.   My kids love going down to our Main Street area every weekend to purchase locally grown cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, corn and a whole plethora of fresh, tasty produce.  We can even get eggs, honey, peanuts and pumpkins for Halloween when the season comes around.  Living in a rural community definitely has its perks.  

While you’re shopping, you might want to bring something along to bring all of those yummy vegetables home safely.  I would recommend The Fibrex Group’s Multi-Recycler Bin . While originally designed for recycling at home or in the dorm/apartment, it can also be used as a handy tote for shopping at the market since it has a convenient handle built-in on the container.  They even fit nicely into a child’s wagon so you don’t have to carry them around when they get too full.  

The Virginian Grown Coalition is a great place to find out where to purchase locally grown items in the State of Virginia.  Every state has their own coalition, so just go to your state’s website for information.  Always look for recycling containers at the market during your visit.

Happy hunting – here’s to eating well!

Back to School Recycling – The Other Three “R”s

Posted: August 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Mobius Flex - The Fibrex Group

So it’s the end of the summer. Teacher assignments are coming in, school supplies are being bought, and the kids aren’t very happy about the impending fall schedule. While you’re picking up those brand new school supplies, think about purchasing recycled content products such as loose-leaf paper, notebooks, folders, binders, even pens. Your back to school purchase can make a huge difference in the environment.

Don’t buy school supplies that you don’t have to purchase new. Reuse pencils, pens, binders, notebooks, markers, etc. from last year’s booty. There’s no need to kill more trees when you’ve got pencils already stashed throughout your house.

Recycle Box - The Fibrex Group
An awesome website called www.GreenSchools.net says “14 billion pencils are produced every year, many made with wood from ancient forests. Americans use about 31.5 million tons of printing and writing paper each year, requiring 535 million trees (most from virgin tree fiber) and 12 billion gallons of oil to make. The average American consumes about 660 pounds of paper per year, compared to 550 pounds in Japan and only about 8.8 pounds in India.” Think smart and reuse existing supplies.

When searching for those fashionable wardrobes that every kid has to have, give the thrift store or consignment shop a try. Stores like Plato’s Closet and the DAV thrift stores have some awesome threads that your kids will love. Even Abercrombie, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Vans, Levis, Quiksilver, and RVCA to name a few. Then when the kids grow out of them, recycle them again if they are in good shape, for someone else to style.

And, as always, make sure that your child’s school has recycling receptacles for the kids to use in the cafeteria, sports facilities and their classrooms. The Fibrex Group can aid in your decision for obtaining recycling containers for your school. Check out our new Mobius Flex and the Recycle Box. These environmentally friendly receptacles are easy for the kids to use, remind them to recycle, and look awesome in their school setting. We can even put custom logos on them to match the school’s sports team or mascot!

Best of luck in the last week of summer, or your first week of the school year - whichever comes first.

Close the loop – reduce, reuse & recycle!