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Success Dressed in Green for Earth Day Celebration

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Recycling for Charities could not have asked for a better day to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. The sun was shining down on their eco-friendly Smart Car; the newest hits provided by 98.7 AMP Radio kept everything upbeat and the donations pouring in. The campus of Oakland University was glowing green thanks to students, staff and local community members.

Interested overseers hung out during set up and engaged in conversation about various green facts and how to help maintain our Earth with volunteers from Recycling for Charities (RFC), Sustaining Our Planet Earth (SOPE), Reverb and The Salvation Army. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. there were several tables stationed outside of the Oakland Center that provided food, key chains, pins, green facts, seeded pots,  and activities. Students, staff, and members of the community had the opportunity to donate their broken/old phones, iPods, cameras, electronics and clothing. All donors were entered in a drawing for eco-friendly prizes. Recycling for Charities raffled off a Kodak Digital Camera and a Digital Photo Frame. The winner of RFC’s raffle will be announced and contacted sometime next week.

The Earth Day Celebration helped RFC keep 50 tons of e-waste out of landfills. Also, the raised funds were donated to the Michigan Hospice. The Salvation Army walked away with bags upon bags that will help clothe our community and Reverb promoted their Campus Consciousness Tour encouraging students to actively go green. Green gardens will be growing this spring too as the biodegradable pots provided by Bethel Farms and planted with seeds from Siegers were a big hit! The teamwork from all organizations combined to create an exciting, fun and educational environment.

If you thought you missed out on the fun, think again! We will be in Downtown Royal Oak this Sunday, April 25, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. continuing the celebration of Earth Day with Recycle Royal Oak. Bring your e-waste!

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Oakland University Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

It is that time of the year again; time to clean out your dorm room and move back home for the summer. Most likely you have come across something while packing up that you had completely forgotten about. Maybe a cell phone you dropped in a puddle while rushing to class. Or an iPod that’s battery is more drained than you are after finals week. Why not doing something positive with these electronics that you aren’t using anymore?

Recycling for Charities has partnered with the Sustaining Our Planet Earth organization of Oakland University to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. As a non-profit charity, Recycling for Charities (RFC) defends the environment and supports other worthy non-profits through recycling, donating the money raised to over 800 charities nationwide. On April 15 the two organizations hope to prevent nearly 50 TONS of electronic waste, which can leak harmful chemicals, from entering landfills while celebrating the environmentally-friendly holiday at Oakland University’s campus.

From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. students, staff, and members of the community will have the opportunity to donate broken and used electronics such as cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, pagers and PDAs. RFC, stationed with their eco-friendly Smart Car at the Oakland Center, will be accepting electronic donations to be recycled. Every donor will receive an entry into a contest to win prizes, such as a Kodak Digital Camera or Digital Photo Frame, simply for donating their used e-waste! If you are planning on being on campus April 15 remember to keep your old electronics with you and head to the Oakland Center where all the fun will be! All funds raised from the recycling of the e-waste collected will benefit the Hospice of Michigan, a charity chosen by SOPE.

Attendees will be able to participate in other ‘green’ Earth Day activities on campus as well provided by Reverb, including organic t-shirt screen printing and seed planting, and can grab an organic bite to eat while listening to a live DJ from a local radio station spin the newest hits. As a part of Reverb’s Campus Consciousness Tour, rapper Drake will also be performing on April 15 at the Meadow Brook Theater.

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We need YOUR help! Only 10 percent of used or broken cell phones are recycled each year. What is your excuse? Be sure to do your part this Earth Day by helping RFC and SOPE keep 75 tons of e-waste out of our landfills!

Oakland University is located at 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309.

Wine Goes Green: From Bottles to Boxes

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The traditional wine bottle may be in jeopardy after many wineries are going green by boxing their wine instead of bottling it. Imagine walking into a wine cellar and instead of elegant bottles from wall to wall there was just boxes. This idea may not be too far fetched. It may take away from the aesthetic tradition of wine, but when it comes to assimilating to the green way a box makes more sense.

Wineries are now beginning to offer various amounts of organic wines to deplete their carbon footprint. The wine itself is becoming more environmental friendly, next is the packaging. The battle of glass bottles versus paper boxes may not seem like a big deal. It is hard to believe that packaging wine in boxes instead of glass bottles will be beneficial to the environment. However, that is the case according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The making of glass bottles is a more thorough process than one may think. The production of glass and the cork for the bottle uses a considerable amount of resources, all while releasing green house gas emissions into the environment.


Team Green & National Sport Organizations

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Understanding the importance of our environment has become a major issue with most organizations. The green movement isn’t politely saying excuse me anymore. Green is here and organizations better let this movement in or it’s going to push its way through. Now major organizations are giving the attention that going green demands. In this time, when there is such an emphasis on going green the pressure is on organizations in all industries. This includes professional sport organizations which are all changing certain elements in their company infrastructure to accommodate the green movement. The four major sport organizations in North America: MLB, NFL, NBA, and the NHL all have set down guidelines to become more green and eco-friendly.


Reuse Stores Rethink Use of Recycled Items

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Reuse stores are popping up everywhere throughout the country. These reuse stores take old items from empty yogurt cartons to old cabinets and allow consumers to come in and buy them at a much lower cost. The reuse centers are products of the ever growing environmental green movement and the economic crisis. It is common sense to be able to get something for free or at a much reduced cost. It is not only helps your budget being able to find certain items at such a low price but it is also just the right thing to do. Hundreds off these reuse centers have formed businesses that allow consumers to come in and go through what once was considered trash and shop through the odds and ends to buy items to be reused, which keeps them out of our landfills.

Some of these reuse centers operate as businesses to sell reused items for a few dollars to generate revenue but, most are non-profit organizations getting by with grants, government support or income off of sales. No matter the size or vehicle of revenue they are all based on the same idea that for almost every item there is someone that has a use for it.

Not only are they located across the nation but they also specialize in certain areas.  Reuse centers can come in all different sizes depending what exactly they aspire to accomplish inside their business. Large ones like the Loading Dock, Baltimore, Maryland specialize in building materials such as lumber, cabinets, windows, and almost anything else except broken appliances. Then there are the smaller ones like the Scrap Box, Ann Arbor, Michigan that specializes as an arts and crafts shop to reuse items towards creativity. They provide creativity/art classes for children and families and consider their shop as a way to creatively recycle.

Much like what Recycling for Charities, these reuse centers strive keep materials that still have value out of our landfills. When it comes to preventing useful materials from entering landfills both the reuse centers and Recycling for Charities have the right idea. Organizations like the Loading Dock, the Scrap Box, and Recycling for Charities continue promote an eco-friendly environment and the green movement in hope to make our planet a better place.

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