2012 is looking Green

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012.  It’s been a great holiday for our family and I completed many home improvement projects. I have missed writing and wanted to share a few tips to make 2012 a more sustainable year.  My son’s school is recycling Glue sticks and as of January 1st we have recycled 728.  Besides the glue sticks, Chief Joseph Elementary in Portland, Oregon recycles all plastic, paper, cardboard, magic markers, glass, ink cartridges and used batteries.  If your interested in helping your school recycle, check out Terracycle or just contact your local recycling companies.  Chief Joe Elementary School has reduced it’s trash by over 50% in just one year and hopes to do even better in 2012.

I’m excited about the new electric car charging stations going in all over the Pacific Northwest and around the country.  Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Ford Focus are averaging 100 miles on a charge. Fast charging stations give you a full charge in less then a half hour.  I look forward to the day when we dump the oil and gas and plug in the family car.  Several other Green projects have me excited going into 2012.  We now compost all food scraps in Portland, Oregon and have garbage pickup only twice a months.  We have solar and wind power going up all over Oregon and Washington and a bottle bill in Oregon that will include almost anything that holds liquid.

Thanks for reading my “Green” blog in 2011.  I look forward to your thoughts and idea on how we can reduce, reuse and recycle even more in 2012.  I feel in today’s world there is no reason to throw much of anything away.  The earth is warming at an alarming rate and we all need to step up and do what we can to help the environment we live in.

Two blue bins full of recycling in Portland, Oregon.

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