Best Reusable Grocery Bags

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Reducing the use of plastic grocery bags is imperative to improving the environment. Plastic grocery bags find their way into animals’ habitats and end up killing many animals every year. Reusable grocery bags are an excellent way to reduce the use of plastic bags, and they are cute accessories as well! Let’s look at the best reusable grocery bags.



BAGGU bags are a great reusable bag option. They are sturdy, with wide carrying straps for comfortable carrying. The bag is foldable and comes with its own storage pouch, which makes it easy to throw into a purse or your car when not in use. It can hold up to 50 pounds of groceries. It is made from ripstop nylon, comes in multiple colors, and is sewn very well.


BeeGreen Reusable Grocery Bags

BeeGreen reusable grocery bags come in sets of five at a time. For these sets, you have the option of choosing one color or different colors for the bags. Multiple colors make it easy for you to organize your groceries put them away when you get home. They come with an integrated square pouch that the bags can fold into, making storage a breeze. They are sturdy and rip resistant. They also come with a one-year warranty! These can also hold up to 50 pounds of groceries.


Flip & Tumble 24/7

The Flip & Tumble 24/7 features wide straps that are triple stitched to ensure they hold. They also have a felt pouch that holds them onto your shoulder. The bags fit into a stretchy pouch when not in use, which forms a ball shape, to make storage compact and convenient. These bags can hold up to 35 pounds.


Tandi Zippered Shoulder Tote Bag

The Tandi Zippered Shoulder Tote Bag is not only great for carrying groceries, but it is also very stylish. The interior is made of nylon and has a PVC cover, which makes the bag easy to clean. The cover comes in many fun designs. It has two compartments, one large section to hold groceries and a smaller zippered section on the front. The bag folds down to wallet size.


Reusable grocery bags are becoming more popular as efforts to limit the use of plastic bags increase. Being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to be boring; choose a design and style that suits your needs and aesthetic, and you can be stylish and eco-friendly when you shop.



How to Help A Sick Neighbor

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Many people claim that neighborhoods aren’t quite what they used to be. There was a time when everybody knew the names, children, occupations, and birthdays of each neighbor. As time has gone on, the perspectives have changed, and instead of reaching out to neighbors, families instead tend to rely on each other to get through hard times.

However, just because families now are more self-sufficient, that doesn’t mean we can’t help one another. For those who want to lend a helping hand and bring back that old neighborhood feeling, one can easily do so by looking after one’s neighbor if they’re ever ill or injured. With a few simple gestures, you can improve your relations and bring back the kind of neighborly connection that once existed.



The first step is to ask your neighbors what they require help with. By and large, they’ll likely deny the offered help, but that doesn’t mean you should just leave them to their own devices. Nine times out of ten, it’s just their pride talking.

Instead of giving up, gently affirm that you wish to help them in a way that won’t hinder them or compromise their independence. Once they open up a bit, you can establish a plan of action. Whether they need to mail a package, mow the lawn, or do the dishes, you can base your actions on what they need most, but you won’t know what that is until you ask.



If the neighbor is the one who primarily does the cooking in the house, a great benefit that can be offered to them—and their family—providing a few meals. Whether it’s once a week, on the weekends, or even just an ordered pizza now and then, removing the need to cook at least one less meal allows the sick neighbor to relax and enjoy a delicious meal instead.

A lot of sickness and injuries can be made all the better by filling the body with nourishing food. By finding out just what ails them, one might be able to cook up a steaming stew or soup that could make them feel a lot better. Provided you account for dietary restrictions and allergies, making food for a neighbor can be a great way to show how much you care.


Take The Kids Out

If the sick or injured neighbor has young children, they might feel guilty that they can’t do anything with them. The kids may be bored and suffering, too. You can fix both problems by taking the children out for the day; if it’s summertime, you might take them mini golfing, or regardless of the weather, you might pay for them to see a movie. Doing this will offer the neighbor a chance to rest without guilt or distraction. The kids will be able to enjoy themselves, too.


Helping a sick neighbor doesn’t have to entail monumental sacrifices or gestures. Showing how you care and taking time to complete tasks or provide food for the sick individual can mean the world and allow them to rest and recover.

Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic Straws

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Straws allow us to more easily consume beverages, but the ones made of plastic are not sustainable; when disposed of, they can harm and destroy the environment. Nevertheless, there are many alternatives to using plastic straws that are better for the environment.



The most innovative, alternative straw available is the Koffie Straw; it is designed from soft silicone that gives it durability and flexibility. The Koffie straws are available in two sizes and come with a tool for easy cleaning. They are also one hundred percent biodegradable. When someone is ready to dispose of their straws, they can burn them without worrying about their carbon footprint. Koffie straws are great for any beverage, hot or cold. They are also perfect for those who may be absent chewers, and they are safe for children.


Stainless Steel

The most durable alternative straws available are made of stainless steel; Green Steel offers a four-pack straw set. They are lead and toxin free, BPA free, and rustproof. Stainless steel straws are a great household accessory, but they can cause burns when used improperly. These straws should not be used with hot drinks and parents should be cautious when allowing their children to use them. Nevertheless, there are stainless steel straws with silicone tips for those who enjoy hot beverages or have children. The straw is durable and safe, and the soft tip design helps protect people from injuring themselves.



Another great alternative to a plastic straw is the glass straw; they are elegant and sophisticated. These straws are very delicate and must be handled with great care. Glass straws are not appropriate to tote around and may not be suitable for young children. Still, they are a great alternative to plastic at home or when attending a private party.



The cheapest and most easily disposable alternative straw available is made out of bamboo. They are a sustainable option to plastic since they can biodegrade. They are safe for cold or hot drinks and come in many sizes. The organic tool is versatile for those who need a straw that can be taken anywhere.



Paper straws are inexpensive and great for those interested in straws that have a one time use; they can be used in hot or cold drinks and are safe for children. Once an individual is ready to dispose of their paper straws, they can throw them away and the paper will disintegrate without causing harm to the environment.


There are many sustainable alternatives to the plastic straws we commonly use. Depending on your drinking preferences and habits, you can select the material that works best for you.

Ways We Can Reuse Aluminum Cans

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Most of the cans that pack food and other products such as soda are made of aluminum. Most families improperly dispose of their cans once they use the product contained within the aluminum cans. Failure to recycle or reuse aluminum cans results in unnecessary waste. This can be minimized or eliminated by reusing aluminum cans in creative and functional ways. Here are some of the simple strategies that can be used in recycling these cans.


Making Bird Feeding Troughs

Many people who are caring for birds spend a lot of money buying feeding troughs and water pots. Aluminum can easily be used as feeding troughs by removing either the top or the bottom and cutting across the mid-section. This will provide a cheaper and more eco-friendly alternative to store-bought troughs.


Housing Indoor Plants

A great method of decorating a kitchen or living space is by placing a few plants by windows and on sturdy pieces of furniture; doing so creates a natural environment that provides clear air and an environmental ambience. Aluminum cans will offer a better alternative to buying planting pots as they are readily available, recycled, and more affordable. Using an aluminum can to plant flowers or herbs is a smart application because aluminum containers hold water well to prevent leakages and can serve as a rustic addition to your decor.


Garden Markers

For gardeners, labeling plants tends to be important for organizational purposes. Rather than buy markers for this purpose, you can instead use aluminum cans to make your own. You can use a metal stamp or a dull writing utensil to emboss a permanent mark, or for short-term projects, you can use stickers.


Making Bracelets

Crafty individuals may be pleased to know that jewelry made from aluminum cans can be cheap, environmentally-conscious, and attractive. By cutting the can into thick strips, attaching them with glue, and wrapping ribbon around the bands, you can make a simple bracelet to give away. These bracelets are easily customizable, as well; just add additional ribbon, charms, or fabric scraps to personalize them.


Making Cookie Cutters

Finding a cookie cutter that suits your needs can be difficult. Manufactured cutters may not be the right shape, size, or dimensions that you want. With aluminum cans, you have the freedom to make cookie cutters in any form you’d like! By cutting the cans into strips and attaching them to make an appropriate length, you can then bend the connected strips to form a shape of your choosing!


Recycling aluminum cans takes many forms, many of them both functional and fun. By repurposing the empty cans for projects like those listed above, you can help prevent unnecessary waste while also saving money.


The Real Estate Development Process

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Real estate development is a potentially lucrative field for anyone looking to invest. It takes a great leader to become a developer, as collaborating, planning, and executing a build ultimately falls back on the developer. Before you commit to diving headfirst into the world of real estate development, read this article to find out what it really takes to start.

Part 1: Pre-Construction

Although most people think of construction when they think of development, there are actually several steps that come before it. You will need to acquire financing, find legal professionals, and search for a property. Builders and architects will need to draw up plans based off of the zoning laws of the township, and the land will need to be surveyed to ensure the integrity of the land. Beyond this, there will be tons of paperwork, many fees, and constant collaboration. You will need to know where you are with each member of your team at all times, as they may not talk to one another.

Unfortunately, many people underestimate the amount of time, effort, and money all of this takes. Some developers get partway through this process and realize they do not have the funds or mental capacity to deal with a project of this size. My advice: imagine how hard you think this will be and expect it to be 10 times harder, at least. Then, you can realistically decide if this is right for you.

Part 2: Construction

If you managed to get through all of the pre-building paperwork, it is now time to move on to construction. Any experienced developer will tell you to expect construction to take several months (or even years!) longer than you planned. Construction workers can run into all kinds of problems, such as delayed materials or hitting a ground pipe. Even more frustrating than the time delay can be the money problem. Any time your construction team runs into an issue, it can cost thousands of dollars. Make sure you have enough financing to cover anything that could arise and be prepared to be patient.

Part 3: Post-Construction

Once your new house or office building is completed, it is time to sell the property or rent it out. This process should be self-explanatory, but again, make sure to account for plenty of time between the end of construction and a finalized contract. This time will also cost you money, as the development loans will need to be repaid one way or another.

Although real estate development can be stressful, time-consuming, and even risky, it is ultimately a very rewarding process. Not only will you have made a (hopefully) lucrative investment, but you will have a major project to show for it. Still, before you decide to head into a new development project, make sure to carefully consider whether or not you are equipped to handle all three parts of a development project.


Biggest Charitable Mistakes

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As a charitable person, one of my main goals in life is to help others any way I can. Most people like to lend a hand in some way, and some people make it a major facet of their routine. Although we try our best to give back in a meaningful way, sometimes, we can make mistakes. These mistakes, unfortunately, can cause charities and those in need to suffer, and we may be none the wiser. Before you engage in a philanthropic cause, make sure you are not making one of these big mistakes.

Trend Over Substance

No matter where you live or who you know, you have probably heard more than once about a trendy activity you can do to support charity. One good example is the Ice Bucket Challenge. While these events do receive views online and may spread like wildfire, they also tend to be less effective than simply giving. For example, many people who did the Ice Bucket Challenge forgot one crucial part — they were supposed to donate afterward. This means that some kids were able to use charity to get views on a challenge that did not benefit the charity whatsoever. Although creating or participating in a trend may be fun, make sure you are actually helping those in need at the same time.

Restricting Your Donation

When you donate to a breast cancer charity, you expect all of your money to go to researchers and research materials, right? Well, the unfortunate truth is most charities need to cover administrative bills, and many do so with your donation. When people find this out, they may choose to donate with the condition that their money is put only toward the charity’s research. What many people fail to realize, however, is that government organizations and large donations already go toward this part of the charity and are usually restricted for these purposes already. So, while you may wish your $10 directly benefited those in need, your money may really be more useful elsewhere.

Donating Your Junk

Many of us have old clothes, electronics, or furniture lying around the house. Instead of throwing these ancient artifacts away, we may be tempted to donate them to a local thrift store charity. However, be aware that these charities have limits on what they can accept. If you want to be sure that your donations are accepted, ask for a list of acceptable items and sort through your possessions to find those. Regardless, you may still be required to go over your items with a charity employee, depending on what they are.

When you begin donating to a charity for the first time, you may quickly learn about some of the pitfalls of donating. Make sure that your charitable efforts are truly helping others by avoiding these mistakes. If you do so, you can rest easy knowing that you have helped someone today.


Recycling Materials With Food

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It is learned from a very young age that recycling is important to be sustainable. But many fail to realize that some materials cannot be recycled if they contain food waste. That is why the following list of reasons why food waste should not be recycled has been compiled. They are as follows:

  • Sanitary Concerns
  • Paper Contamination
  • Single Stream Recycling

Sanitary Concerns

Once the recycling bins leave a home or business, there is still a person dealing with those materials at a recycling facility. Food waste left on recyclable materials can create unsanitary working conditions for the plant workers. Although it can be burned off in the melting process of metals, glass, and plastic, mold and bacteria are still present for these employees before this process occurs. This is a common courtesy that should be afforded to the workers whose job it is to make the world a better and cleaner place.

Paper Contamination

The process by which paper is recycled is quite fascinating. The paper is broken down back into a pulp and mixed with other ingredients so that it can then be reused as other paper or paper products. The problem with food waste in recycling bins is that it contaminates this paper with things like grease and oil which are very difficult to remove in the paper recycling process. This issue is exclusive to paper however because other recyclable materials such as metals, glass, and plastics can be melted down at which point these oils and greases can be removed.

Single Stream Recycling

Similarly to the above issue, some recycling programs use what is known as single stream recycling. In these communities, ensuring food waste is kept out of the recycling bin is even more imperative. Again, oils and grease can contaminate paper to a point where it can no longer be recycled. It should be noted, however, that for the sanitary reasons listed above, communities that separate recycling should still steer clear of food waste in recycling bins.

Recycling is one of the major ways individuals can do their part to improve the world. Many people helping at a local level makes a huge impact over time. To best maximize the amount of recyclable material that can be turned back into a usable product, food waste should always be completely cleared away before being placed in recycling bins.


Should You Compost?

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Thinking about adjusting your home to become a little bit greener? Composting is an easy way to start doing your part for the environment – did you know that about 40% of residential waste is compostable? You can easily start composting at home, reducing your family’s environmental impact, providing a free source of fertile nutrients for your garden’s soil, and improve plant growth better than chemical fertilizers.

Why you may want to start composting

Simply put, composting is a simple way to help keep waste out of landfills and improve the production of most plants in your garden simultaneously. Looking for a bit more information? Here is a more detailed list of reasons to compost:

  • Use fewer chemicals in your garden
  • Creates richer soil
  • Lowers your carbon footprint
  • Saves you money on fertilizer
  • Reduces the amount of food waste your household accumulates
  • Saves you trips to the store to buy fertilizer

How to start composting at home

To begin composting, you’ll need to know that you need three major components to compost successfully: Green materials, brown materials, and water. Green materials are the things you likely already have in your home – vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and some expired leftovers. Brown materials can easily be gathered outside. These are things like twigs, dead leaves, bark, and branches. You’ll simply need to add the browns and greens equally into your compost pile and add some water to help break down the components. Do some quick research about what to add and what not to add to your compost heap.

You can start a compost heap outside by placing your compost bin or pile in a dry spot with shade and proximity to a water source. Just add your greens and browns as you collect them, but make sure to break up large chunks into smaller pieces and bury fruit and vegetable scraps about ten inches underneath the surface. You should also dampen any dry components before adding them to your heap. You can then cover your heap with a lid or a tarp to keep it moist. Your compost will be ready anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more, depending on what you add.

Composting can be done inside if you don’t have the outdoor space. While this may sound smelly, it doesn’t have to be. You can use a lidded ceramic or stainless steel container to compost indoors successfully without pests or major smells.


History of Ontario’s Recycling

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Waste management is vital in ensuring our environment is clean and safe. The blue box program is a curbside recycling program that is adopted in over 100 countries. What is the history of this award-winning Ontario recycling program?

Increased environment pollution

In 1972, the amount of waste in the ecosystem was increasing leading to the creation of Ministry of Environment (MOE) whose major role was to reduce the waste. A large amount of the waste was as a result of non-refillable cans. A soft drink beverage industry was using the cans to save up on cleaning and collecting refillable cans.

The Ontario Provincial government started a waste material recovering and processing facility in Downsview. However, the quality of the recycled products was poor. Several grassroots organizations were establishing recycling programs in their localities. The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) was mandated to promote the recycled products as recycling operators were struggling to market them. The RCO led discussions on recycling issues such as subsidies for recyclers. The operators started to cooperatively market their products.

The birth and the rise of the Blue Box Program

Following the release of MOE’s regulations and requirements for waste management, a pilot project was initiated in Kitchener. Households were given large blue box as they were deemed to be visible and able to withstand the ultraviolet light. The slogan “We Recycle” was applied to every blue box. The project was a success, and in 1984, the City of Kitchener issued a tender for waste haulers.

In 1987, Ontario appointed Halton Recycled Resources Limited to implement the multi-material recycling program. Ontario government was to launch later waste reduction initiatives where all municipalities with a minimum of 5,000 people were to operate a Blue Box program. The RCO in 1994 provided those in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Sector with information and resources to handle their waste.

Major strides in the Millennium

In 2002, the Waste Diversion Act (WDA) came into effect, and it was to promote the 3Rs (reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste). The Waste Diversion Ontario was established to maintain and promote waste diversion programs by handling funding issues. The stewardship legislation now requires every brand owner to be physically and financially responsible for the management of their products.

The Blue Box handles glass containers, steel containers, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and newsprints among others making it a successful system. In a world full of waste materials, recycling is the way to go for every city and country.


History of Blue Box Recycling

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Becoming an Organ Donor

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Every day, thousands of people wait on a list to receive an organ transplant. Many of these people never receive the organs they need to survive and pass away. It is a terrifying thought that one day you or a loved one may be in this position. However, many people are afraid of donating their organs for many reasons. Today, I want to give you some facts so that you are able to make an informed decision about whether or not to be an organ donor.

1) One donor can save many people.

Think about how many transplants you could provide. Not only can you donate organs, you can also donate tissues that would help people greatly. These can include bone, skin, and veins amongst others. Not only would you be able to help people with malfunctioning organs, you could also help those who have other conditions that impair their body.

2) Your blood type may make the difference.

Have blood type O? Your donations can make a huge difference, as people with type O blood can only receive donations from the same type. In fact, any blood type can receive type O blood or organs, which makes them the most valuable donors. That being said, even if you don’t have type O blood, you should still donate. Type A and B can receive their own type or O, while type AB can receive any.

3) Liver and kidney disease kills a lot.

In fact, these diseases kill more people than Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, or prostate cancer. Donating your organs would give more people the opportunity to live, and hopefully together we can decrease that number enough to make a big difference. It may seem unlikely, but if many people banded together, they could possibly save 3 lives apiece (one from a liver transplant and two kidney transplants) and cut down that statistic quickly.

4) You can donate while you are alive.

Sure, you can’t donate your lungs or liver while you are alive, but you can always donate a kidney. Your lifestyle would likely change drastically, though, so be aware of that before committing to anything. Keep this in mind if a loved one ever needs a transplant, as there is a much better chance of survival and less time waiting for a donor if a matching family member donates.

Donating an organ may sound scary, but it isn’t. It is a necessity for many people, and your donation could save many lives. Consider these facts and statistics, and think about what you would want someone to do if you were on the transplant list. We often don’t like thinking about death or illness, but thousands of people face these realities every day, and your help could brighten their future just a little while longer.