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5 Items That You Never Thought About Recycling — Until Now

5 Items That You Never Thought About Recycling — Until Now

Recycling can be about more than just reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill. Sometimes recycling can involve putting things to good use that you no longer want. Instead of throwing something out, think about the many ways that you can recycle it and brighten someone else’s life.

Christmas Lights

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    These days, people are ditching the old style Christmas lights for the newer LED types. The LED lights burn less energy and they can also be programmed to do a variety of patterns. Throwing out your old style incandescent light bulbs with your glass recycling is not a good way to dispose of them. But you can take those old lights to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s during the Christmas season and have the store recycle them. Many of the stores that take trade-in Christmas lights will also give you a small credit towards the purchase of new LED lights.

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      As Americans, we sometimes take something as important as shoes for granted. When we don’t like the pair we have or they get a small hole in them, we will usually throw them out and buy new ones. But instead of throwing them out, you can recycle your shoes and even save a life. When you donate your old shoes to charity, you are helping nearly 300 million children around the world who do not have any shoes at all. It is estimated that the lack of proper footwear causes the deaths of up to one million of those children. That is how your recycled shoes can save lives.

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        Technology changes rapidly these days, and many people do what they can to keep up. A common practice is for people to throw an old laptops or cellphones in a drawer and then move on to buying a new one. But you can sell that old cellphone or computer and use that money to buy a new iPhone or Ultrabook. There are plenty of places that will buy that old device and let you recycle it into cash. There are also non-for-profit organizations like Cell Phones for Soldiers that collects donated cellphones. When upgrading your electronics, look for positive ways to discard the old alternatives.

        Batteries

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          When non-rechargeable batteries die, most people usually throw them away. The batteries that contain metals such as nickel are recyclable. As a matter of fact, the more hazardous the battery material is, the more likely you will be able to have it recycled. Instead of throwing out those dead batteries and unleashing harmful materials into the environment, find out if your retailer has a battery recycling program. If you cannot recycle them locally, then there are companies you can mail the batteries to for proper recycling.

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            The corks that are used in wine bottles are often discarded after the bottle has been opened. But there is actually a national network of cork recycling retailers that will take those used corks from you and recycle them into flooring materials, ceiling tiles and corkboards for school classrooms.

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            Recycling is one the best ways for anyone to help the environment. You should always check and see if there is way to recycle something and preserve our natural resources before throwing it into the garbage. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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            Last Updated on March 24, 2021

            8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

            8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

            We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

            On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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            Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

            1. Smart Door Locks

            A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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            2. Smart Kitchen Tools

            Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

            3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

            If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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            4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

            These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

            5. Nest Thermostat

            This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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            6. Smart Lighting

            Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

            7. Google Chromecast Ultra

            Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

            8. Canary

            This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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