November 15th- America Recycles Day!

America recycles dayToday, November 15th is America Recycles Day. Do you recycle? Do you know why recycling is important?

I want to encourage everyone to take some time to learn about the recycling today. If you have kids teach them about recycling too!

Did you know that “the average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day”? So much of our garbage can be reused and it’s really a huge waste to just dispose of it when it can be recycled instead.

If you recycle at home you are taking a major step! There are many other ways you can help though. Do you pay attention to the packaging of products when you shop? Many types of plastic are not recyclable in our area so when we have the choice between many brands we try to only buy stuff that is in recyclable packaging. This sends a message to companies and it’s another way we reduce the amount of trash we produce!

Finding alternative uses for stuff you would normally throw away is another great way to recycle and eliminate trash production. We use our old kitty litter bins as planters in the garden and for storage of stuff. Milk jugs have many uses and you can even save those old plastic plant containers and reuse them in the garden! I plant my flowering bulbs in these and they are easier to dig up and the bulbs don’t get damaged!

Another way to celebrate today is to try some fun recycling crafts with your kids, these crafts use household products and are a great way to teach them about recycling and taking care of the environment!

How are you celebrating today and in what unique ways do you recycle? For more recycling information you can visit the National Recycling Coalition’s website.

<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

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