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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MONEY MATTERS WITH SHEILA--AMERICA RECYCLES DAY, NOV. 15


Sheila is here today to talk about saving our planet, one recyclable at a time. -- AP

Thanks, Anastasia!

Here at
American Woman we’re all about going as green as possible. We have but one planet, and we need to keep it as pollution-free as possible for our health and the health of generations to come. We also need to conserve energy as much as possible because gas, oil, and coal are non-renewable resources. At some point, we’re going to run out, and we’re just now beginning to get serious about moving from non-renewable sources of energy to renewable ones such as wind and solar power.

One way to go green and conserve energy is to recycle as much as possible. When you recycle 1 glass bottle, you save enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours or power a computer for 30 minutes. When you recycle 10 beverage cans per week, you save enough energy for 30 hours of TV watching per week. A month of Sunday papers recycled will save 4 trees a year.

November 15
th is America Recycles Day. This is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. Help our country go greener by spreading the word. Help save our planet with these three simple steps:

Reduce

  • Choose products with minimal packaging to reduce waste
  • Identify products and practices to reduce waste toxicity
Reuse
  • Use reusable products instead of disposable ones
  • Maintain and repair items you own
  • Reuse bags and containers
  • Consider renting or borrowing rather than buying items you use infrequently 
Recycle
  • Purchase products made from recyclable materials
  • Purchase products that can be recycled after you’ve used them

Not only will these tips help save our natural resources, they’ll save you money. And who among us doesn’t appreciate having a few extra dollars in our pocket at the end of the week?

For more information about America Recycles Day, go to http://americarecyclesday.org.


How right you are, Sheila! So what do you do in the way of recycling or otherwise helping the planet? Let’s hear from you. Post a comment to be entered in this week's drawing for a free book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP

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