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Moms, Rinse, Recycle and Re-imagine For A Bright Future

May 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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When you become a mom, I find that a lot of your traditional behaviors change. For one, I feel that you become more conscious about your environment and your contributions to it! After all, your children are now part of the world you live in. These changes may also apply to your body and how you eat. Recently, I moved to a new neighborhood and the first thing that I noticed was my neighbors’ commitment to recycling. At first, I wondered – who had the time in their busy schedule to separate plastic from trash, etc. But truly through observing my neighbor, I’ve come to realize how important it is to protect my surroundings – not just for me and my community, but also for my son.

So this year, I’ve made a commitment to start recycling. Day by day, I take the necessary steps to place the plastic bottles from my bathroom; empty soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles  into the right recycling bins.

Because of my commitment, I’ve been doing more research on initiatives that are helping the world. Through that, I stumbled upon Unilever’s initiative, Bright Future! What a delight!

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Moms, did you know: Americans are more likely to go the distance to get a drink when thirsty, charge their phone, or answer a phone call, than walk an empty plastic bottle from the bathroom to the recycle bin. As a result, these easily recyclable bathroom products are contributing to nearly 29 million tons of plastics in landfills each year!

Wow! I feel guilty. I was partly to blame for the amount of plastic in landfills each year. Thinking back, all of my shampoo and soap bottles were just tossed in the trash without much thought. Enough is enough! I am determined to change that and I am asking you to do the same. In support of Unilever’s, Bright Future initiative, I am asking all of my Mommynoire readers to be more conscious about their environment. I am asking that you to think about the bigger picture when it comes to recycling.

I am proud to announce that Mommynoire is partnering with Unilever on their Bright Future sweepstakes. We are simply happy to support the initiative!

It’s pretty simple to enter! Via your Instagram or Twitter – snap a picture and post up  showing yourself recycling products from your bathroom! You must include the hashtags and handle: #ReimagineThat and #sweeps and tag @UnileverUSA – Prize: (1) grand winner will receive a $500 gift card for supporting the “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine” program!

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Deets on entering the sweeps:

Sweepstakes Period: The Unilever #ReimagineThat Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes“) begins April 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET“) and ends June 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period“).

During the Sweepstakes Period, you may enter via Twitter.com or on your web enabled mobile device via the Instagram application by uploading a photo showing off how you recycle in your bathroom with the hashtags #ReimagineThat and #sweeps and tag @UnileverUSA

Moms, please note:

You must have a Twitter account to enter via Twitter, be a @UnileverUSA follower and have your account settings set to “unprotected” or “public”. By including the hashtags #ReimagineThat and #sweeps in your Entry, you are agreeing to these Official Rules.

The “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine” program is part of the Unilever Sustainability plan and aims to increase its positive social impact while reducing its environmental impact.

Moms, Rinse, Recycle and Re-imagine For a Bright Future

Reselling, Upcycling, and Swapping: Tips for Making the Most Out of What You’ve Got

January 18th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Look around your house and you’ll probably find at least a half dozen things that you don’t need. Those items might not mean much to you, but they could have more value than you think.

We’re always looking for ways to save money. Enter Cristin Frank, who we’ve spoken to before and was willing to pull together a few tips to elaborate further. A blogger and author, she’s all about reducing waste and debt. After the jump, she has suggestions for making the most of the items that you already have, whether you repurpose them or sell them. Read on for more!

Union: Privatizing Recycling Will Cost City, Hurt Minority Contractors

May 23rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plan to privatize household recycling would saddle Chicago homeowners with hidden costs, collection fees and late-night deliveries while depriving the city of millions of dollars in revenue from the sale of recyclables, union leaders contend.  Laborers Union Local 1001, whose members stand to lose their jobs to a private contractor, is further arguing that the 14-year contract would shortchange minorities and women, who would get just 9 percent and 3 percent of the deal respectively. That is a far cry from the 25 and 5 percent set-asides tied to most other city contracts.  Local 1001 business manager Lou Phillips noted that the city’s own forecasts project $3 million from the sale of recyclables this year, nearly three times the take in 2010.  “Can we afford to give up such an expanding, long-term revenue stream that, in reality, is better than the now-famous parking meter deal?” Phillips said.

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DeKalb Looks to Turn Yard Waste into Energy

July 9th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Discarded wood chips, grass clippings and cooking oil could bring money to DeKalb County and a new source of renewable energy to Georgia.  DeKalb gave the first approval Thursday for Green Energy Partners LLC to move forward with building a $50 million biomass plant in Lithonia. The company said its proposal calls for turning yard waste, fats, oils and greases into clean energy that could be used to power 7,000 homes.

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Is Chicago Throwing Away $1 Million on Recycling Carts?

July 9th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — Thousands of blue recycling carts — with a pricetag of nearly $1 million — are stashed away in a Far South Side warehouse because City Hall bought them to make the citywide switch to curbside recycling, but ran out of money one-third of the way through.  The Daley administration acknowledged having a stockpile of “roughly 22,000 carts” at a cost of $45-per-container.

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Five Fab Ways To Go Green

June 17th, 2010 - By Elaine G. Flores
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Taking care of the environment is on everyone’s mind right now and we all mean to do our part, but let’s face it, sometimes it all just seems way too complicated. Are you really going to learn how to compost? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Every little bit helps, so here are some easy — and even fun — ways to go green.

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Aldermen Want to Dispose of Suburbanite Recycling in City

June 14th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Aldermen Discuss Expansion of Recycling Program

June 8th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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Recycling Takes to Air in Brooklyn

June 3rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(WSJ) — Standing in a corner of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Breck Baldwin and Mark Harder launch their strange, remote-controlled aircraft that look like flying Stingrays.

As the planes glide like miniature stealth bombers high above joggers, dog-walkers and softball players, some people stop and pull out head phones, leave kickball games and hold on to their dogs to keep them from chasing the flying machines, buzzing and banking at 20 miles an hour.

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Nonprofit Uses Discarded Hotel Soap to Stop Spread of Disease in Africa

June 3rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Derreck Kayonga noticed something strange during a hotel stay in Philadelphia several years ago.  His hotel room contained three bars of soap. On top of that, after just one use, the hotel’s housekeeping staff replaced the used bar with a new one. He started hiding the soap in his luggage, but each day there was more soap.

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