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Top Five Recycling Stats

Top Five Recycling Stats
Top Five Recycling Stats. Graphic: © Small images – Pixabay (PD).

It’s about time we take recycling more seriously – i.e. if we plan to ensure the sustainability of our planet. Observing proper recycling practices allows us to conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, reduce the exploitation of new raw materials, save energy, and reduce the carbon footprint. Still not convinced? Consider these recycling stats:

1. Did you know that recycling aluminum uses less than 5% of the energy it would take to create the product from scratch? The energy saved from recycling a single aluminum can of your favorite beverage can theoretically power a TV for 3 hours or a bulb for 20 hours [1]

2. If every household recycled 1 out of every 10 newspapers, we would prevent 25 million trees from being chopped down every year. This seemingly negligible action could statistically help curb the rampant deforestation around the world (source).

3. The paper and pulp industry is the 5th largest consumer of energy. Making recycled paper would lead to a 64% reduction in energy use compared to cutting down trees for wood pulp. [2]

4. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.” [1] Fun fact: A glass bottle can remain intact in a landfill for up to 1 million years.

5. As surprising as it may sound, cars are one of the most recycled products in the world. Up to 95% of retired cars head to recycling operations, whereby 75% of the parts are recyclable. [3]

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10 Amazing Uses Of Used Tea Bags

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Most people just toss the teabag when they are done making the tea – however we discovered a fantastic page listing 10 top uses of used tea bags. Some of these benefits were quite surprising! The link to the original list follows at the end of our additional notes.

Tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant (Camillia sinensis). In a 2007 study, tea was found to contain over 700 different phytochemicals, many of which are recognized for their potential to fight disease. Among these compounds, the most widely-recognized and well-understood are flavinoids, amino acids, vitamins and polysaccharides. Tea varieties–green, black, white and oolong–were found to contain high concentrations of antioxidants.

Many of the herbal benefits derived from the used teabags are from the tannins in the tea – so if you are going to do this, note that for best results you will want to use black, green or white tea, as opposed to a herbal tea made with some other herb or fruit.

Having said that, herbal tea bags may of course have herbal benefits of their own and are likely to have some interesting uses. If you are curious about this you could look up the herb / fruit from your herbal tea on our website and see if you can get some ideas!

We did a little additional research and found some more unusual and interesting uses for teabags that people are suggesting online (note – we haven’t tested these):
1. Soothe nipples for the first few days of breastfeeding.
2. Hair dye.
3. Great for Fuscias in the garden. When they start to compost just cover with a little soil and start again.
4. Canker sores (topical application)
5. Foot soak for fungal infections.
6. Dry them thoroughly and they can be used as fire starting materials!

Has anyone used any of these? If so, please let us know in the comments – and of course please let us know any other interesting teabag uses.

Ok here’s the link to the full list:

Further reading: check out our full length page on tea (Camillia sinensis) – including scientific studies and history –

10 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds

10 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds
10 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds. Graphic © Photo © AdobeStock 53076449 (under license)

Coffee has been consumed as a beverage since at least as far back as the 15th century – and it originated in the Middle East, where it is thought that it was first roasted in a fashion similar to that of today. Coffee became popular in Europe in the mid 17th century and coffee houses appeared in several countries; however its popularity did not rocket in the USA until the time of the War of Independence (1775–1783). [1]

We found an awesome page of the ways to re-use coffee grounds, courtesy of our friends over at Common Sense Homesteading. The link is after our commentary.

Turns out that used coffee grounds have a number of great uses (as well as a few that fall firmly into the ‘weird’ category). Reduce, re-use, restore, recycle! It’s become the mantra of our times. As an ant deterrent – well that sounds like a great plan. It must be overpowering for the little critters and they seem pretty caffeinated already, so maybe it makes them crazy. I have to say though – as a facial scrub? I like coffee, but not that much…

Another of my favorites from the list would have to be the gardener’s special – making compost or mulch. Coffee grounds are rich in minerals – including phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper. Worms love them – and they are reported especially good for blueberry plants. Although some coffee companies are involved in recycling programs for their used coffee grounds, I imagine that a number of coffee shops still just dump their used grounds, so if you are really a serious gardener, you could probably find a coffee house that would let you have them for free.

Two on the original list (wood stain and “hide furniture scratches”) seemed almost like the same tip! So, not wanting to under-deliver, we dug around and came up with another unusual use – as a pin cushion filling! Simply put the (dried!) grounds in a small cloth, tie off with an elastic band and place in a small container. Now, why bother using coffee for this? Apparently the grounds will keep the pins rust-free (can anyone verify this??)

A couple of other coffee-related pages from our blog:

Top 20 “Weird But Amazing” Uses For Green Tea

Top 16 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

Ok here is the link (via web archive) to the full list of ways to re-use coffee grounds:

10 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds