Published on April 1st, 2017 | by TerraCycle
TerraCycle’s 4 Things to Do This Earth Month
At TerraCycle, we work year-round to observe environmental action and celebration through programs striving to make sustainability accessible to all—but Earth Month is still a significant time for us. It is during Earth Month that the need to create realistic, actionable solutions are brought to the fore in the minds of governments, corporations and consumers, creating a climate for change in habit, and in perspective.
One of the most common barriers for consumers willing to make a difference is that they don’t know where to begin. Taking the word of a recycling company on a mission to Eliminate the Idea of Waste, know that no action is too small, and that these Earth Month initiatives, events and activities are a great place to start:
March for Science
In over 300 cities across the world and in Washington, D.C., The March for Science is a series of rallies and marches set to be held on Earth Day, April 22 to celebrate science and safeguard the scientific community. Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March of January 21, 2017, The March for Science is an international, non-partisan event for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens in favor of scientific evidence-based policymaking. You can find a satellite march near you here.
Tom’s of Maine Less Waste Challenge
Toys are a waste stream that children understand, adding an element of engagement that brings complex waste management issues to their level. This year, Tom’s of Maine will not only continue to share expert tips and waste-reduction strategies on their Less Waste Challenge landing page and social media platforms, but run a toy recycling program through TerraCycle during the campaign. Consumers will be able to download a free shipping label directly from the program landing page to solve for old toys. Make the pledge here.
D’Addario Recycle and Restring Events
Did you know that musical instrument strings are not recycled through municipal recycling programs? It is estimated that more than 1.5 million lbs. of instrument string metal could be put into landfill every year. This April, musicians nationwide are invited to attend a free recycle and restring event at their local music supply store. Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s free, national recycling program powered by TerraCycle. Find you nearest recycle and restring event here.
Make your Spring Cleaning more Sustainable
April is also Spring Cleaning Month, and this is a good time to remember that keeping a clean home and a healthy environment don’t need to be mutually exclusive. For wiping down, swap out paper towels for reusable rags or old t-shirts that you can wash. Be aware of the amount of water you are using. Try using environmental friendly (and family-healthy) cleaners without phthalates and parabens (or other nasty chemicals), or, better yet, make your own homemade cleaning products. And of course, spring cleaning is mostly about letting go of the “stuff” you no longer want or need— instead of simply kicking them to the curb, donate, sell or second-hand whatever you can, and recycle the rest.