Posts filed under ‘Recycling Symbols’

We’re Moving to A New Shiny Happy Blog!

You heard it right – ecosumo did some upgrading to its blog so that we could organize content better, share content with more social media venues, and make things just a wee bit easier on us to manage.  So as of RIGHT NOW, we’re going to start posting our content at – dun, dun, dun! – www.ecosumoblog.com.

One awesome new part of www.ecosumoblog.com is that it is prepped (not active, but the foundation is there) to have a whole community profile system where you’ll be able to interact with other community members – share green tips, network with other eco-netizens, and even coordinate to meet up in the real world for grass roots efforts to do things such as plant trees, create a gardening commune, and a zillion other tree-huggy hippie love child save the planet stuff that we love!

We’ll have all the same categories and all the content from this blog is moved over there already so you can still research all our previous content.  This blog will be kept live for a few months while we get www.ecosumoblog.com indexed with the search engines.

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September 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

Recycled Art

As you already now, we love art made from recycled materials.  Check out this blog: Diamonds in the Rough written by Tess.  Awesome recycled art blog that provides great pictures of art from various artists working ec0-consciously and brief explanations of the pieces with links to the artists’ own sites.

Check out Tess’ blog and show your support of eco-art by spreading the word!

September 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm 1 comment

Recycling Symbols, How to Recycle, Disposable Water Bottles…and More, All Made Simple

We found this amazing video that breaks down the major questions regarding recycling many different products.  It talks about whats true and false in the recyling game, all sorts of ways to reduce waste, and how to correctly get rid of volatile items such as batteries.  Give it a viewing and don’t forget to check out the other videos attached to it – great stuff.  Big thanks to Pic.tv and Video Jug for creating and posting this video.  Click on the image below:

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September 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

KOR Hydration Vessel in New Colors

We’ve splashed some new color into our reusable water bottle collection.  Check out the new KOR Hydration Vessels that we recently released – Sawgrass and Orchid Pink.  If you do your part to stop the 10’s of millions of disposable water bottles going into our trash every year, well, that would be just keen.

KORORCHIDPINK

KORSAWGRASS

August 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

What Does the Recycling Symbol Mean Pt. 6 – The No. 4

The recycling symbol number 4 is telling you that the plastic is made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is a thermoplastic made from petroleum (BOO!).  It was the first grade of polyethylene, produced in 1933 by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) using a high pressure process via free radical polymerisation [1]. Its manufacture employs the same method today.  LDPE is supposedly commonly recycled, but we can’t find a citation indicating any proof or research done to substantiate the claim.

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LDPE is widely used for manufacturing various containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, plastic bags for computer components, and various molded laboratory equipment. Its most common use is in plastic bags. Other products made from it include:

* Trays & general purpose containers
* Food storage and laboratory containers
* Corrosion-resistant work surfaces
* Parts that need to be weldable and machinable
* Parts that require flexibility, for which it serves very well
* Very soft and pliable parts
* Six-pack soda can rings
* Extrusion coating on paperboard and aluminum laminated for beverage cartons.
* Computer components, such as hard drives, screen cards and disk-drives.
* Playground Slides
* Plastic Bags

Remember, no matter what the symbol (which coaxes most people into feeling that the product is safe for the environment because it can be recycled), there are many more factors that play into if this plastic will ever be recycled rather than wasted.  Your local government’s recycling laws are the biggest obstacle to plastics actually being recycled (go find yours at whatever the name of your town or state it with a .gov attached rather than a .com or .net).

The best thing you can do is use products that are made with the environment and your health in mind.  Check out our extensive supply of reusable water bottles and reusable shopping bags at ecosumo.com and help us fight The Disposable Water Bottle Beast.

August 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

What Does the Recycling Symbol Mean – Part 4: Your .gov

.gov…  It’s the standard URL finale instead of .com or .net or .org when trying to learn about your local government.   And local government is typically who controls regulations and laws concerning recycling of all sort of disposable products, such as those disposable water bottles we’re fighting to eradicate from all forms of production, consumption, and waste.  Tip: be certain to type in the name of your city plus the .gov fixture IN THE GOOGLE SEARCH, not in the URL browser.  Why?  Because some cities use .us, org, or something else.  By using the search mechanism, your city/state government website will likely be in the top five search response.

Why do we bring this up?  Several reasons:

1. You want to know more about what you can and cannot recycle, but all you’ve got is a blue or yellow or green or red or whatever-color barrel with a recycling symbol on it.  Not very helpful.  The quickest place to either find that information or find contact information to some service that can answer those questions, is at your city/state .gov.

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2. You want to know more about what your city /state PLANS to do about recycling efforts?  You’ll find details and contact information there for sure.

3. Last but not least – CONTACT INFORMATION!!!  You figure your city/state isn’t doing enough about recycling many types of common waste in appropriate manners?  Email them once a day.   Write them letters.  Call them.  And most importantly, spread that information around so that other people can write them regarding solutions as well.  You might even want to put a sign in your yard with that contact information and pre-written messaging to send.  Get your grass-roots on and find out what your .gov is doing about recycling.  The think global/act local mentality works, we just need to find ways to act.

Peace…ecosumo

June 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

What Does the Recycling Symbol Mean – Part 3: The Number 2

When  you see the #2 inside the recylcing symbol, it is telling you that the polymer type used to construct that container/vessel is High Density-Polyethylene (HDPE).  This means it is, along with those containers marked #1, one of the two most recycled container types.

Most plastics are capable of being recycled, but due to a very long laundry list of reasons, many recycling agencies are equipped only to work with a limited amount of polymer types.  The #2 polymer type is used in such containers and objects as: laundry detergent bottles, milk jugs, vehicle fuel tanks, plastic lumber, plastic pipes, folding tables, folding chairs, storage sheds, plastic bags…and more.

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Generally, #2 is #2 because the intermolecular chains bonding the plastic are stronger than those in #1, it is harder, and can withstand greater temperatures.  If you want more on the techno-speak about HDPE as well as the modern global business parameters of the polymer, check out these articles: New Study Analysis and Resin Identification Code.

So, remember to call up or write to your local government representatives about what your local recycling agency actually handles.  You can find your local recycling agency by searching for the name of your city/state with the .gov affixed to the URL rather than a .com or .net.

More to come on #’s 3-7 in the polymer resin index.

Peace…ecosumo

June 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment


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