E-waste is defined as any sort of electronic waste. This includes computer monitors, computer casing, cell phones, printers, fax machines, televisions, DVD players and anything else that has a cord or charger. Most of these machines contain harmful levels of Mercury, Lead, Lithium, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and other known toxins that can cause everything from birth defects to cancer. Obviously, the more we can do to keep these chemicals out of landfills and therefore out of our water systems, the safer we will be. Companies and organizations are starting to offer more and more realistic ways to recycle these items.
At Bamboo and Tikis, we strive to provide our supporters with environmentally responsible products, services and information to help protect and sustain our planet as best we can. Lately, this new “eco-trend” has gained steam around the world and is affecting consumers, large and small businesses alike and our society as a whole. Some of the biggest retailers across America and Europe are integrating environmentally responsible practices at the local and corporate levels. Levi’s, Target, H&M and Nike are all trying to do their part.
As you read this article, you are probably sitting in front of a computer and/or using a mouse and keyboard. Have you ever thought about what happens to these devices when they break or become obsolete? What did you do with your old computer when you upgraded? Technological hardware is often “made to break” and has to be replaced often; hardware recycling centers are sometimes difficult to find and usually operate during weird hours; so most hardware winds up in a landfill where it can take anywhere from 420-1000 years to biodegrade.
One of the best times of the year is when we get to start all over. It wouldn’t be January 3rd if we all weren’t concerned with our New Year’s Resolutions and how we are going to accomplish them. Here is a list of some of the most popular including, quite possibly, your key to a successful 2011.
Most people make some effort to get in shape for the new year; gym membership sales shoot up and running shoes are bought, but the effort only lasts a couple of months. To avoid this tapering off, set specific fitness goals to accomplish in weekly or monthly increments. Shoot to bench press your body weight by February or try to stay on the treadmill for 30 min after two weeks. Keep your goals bite sized and the feeling of success will motivate you throughout the year.