Did you know that, by weight, paper accounts for over half of all the material that is recycled in the United States? About 65 percent of all paper is currently recycled each year in the United States, which is more than any other material including metal, glass and plastic. However, the EPA reports that 27 percent of residential trash is paper, the highest percentage of any type of household waste.
A lot of people see Valentine's Day as a day all about buying stuff for loved ones, but you can make it so much more than that when you get creative with your gifts or caring gestures. Chocolates or other not-so-good-for-you treats, flowers and stuffed animals are always fun to give and receive, but we’ve made a list of four things to try in case you’d like to make your gift even more special this year.
If you're watching the game this Sunday, your focus probably won't be on how environmentally friendly the party is. Whether you watch the Super Bowl for the game, the commercials, or just to hang out with friends, you can still have a great party while leaving a minimum impact on the environment.
While everyone is making plans for how they are celebrating New Year's, consider this: We are creating more waste today than ever before. But little contributions in your life can help maintain the planet we all call home. Start living a greener lifestyle at your New Year’s Eve celebration this week! Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to change everything in your life. A small change can literally make a world of difference.
At Wheels For Wishes, we take living a green lifestyle seriously. By taking your new, old or unwanted vehicles and recycling them, we not only help the planet, but also help the children of Make-A-Wish. A donation to Wheels For Wishes can help children in Austin, Spokane, Columbus and throughout the United States. The proceeds from every donated vehicle benefit Make-A-Wish and help wishes come true! Here are some tips for making your New Year’s Eve party green:
Have you ever done a cleanup event or activity on Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day? This year might be the perfect time to do so in memory of Garner, who passed away two months ago on July 6, 2014. Garner is remembered for his 58 years of continuous service for the Corps of Engineers in Arkansas, for his coastal cleanup of Greers Ferry Lake, and for receiving the Department of the Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service award—the highest award the service can bestow on a civilian. Celebrate the impact Carl Garner made in his lifetime by participating in a cleanup event in your city, a state park, or other federal land on Sept. 6.
With the costs of college, going green might be one of the easiest and most responsible ways to save money. College is a time for figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and it can also be a time to think about how you impact the environment. There are hundreds of ways to reduce your impact on the environment in your dorm room, and oftentimes these ways save you more money than making choices that aren’t eco-friendly. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of eight simple ways to lead an environmentally responsible lifestyle on campus.
Teaching children the importance of keeping the Earth green and healthy is important for the future of the world. Earth Day is a special celebration which promotes green tips and sustainable living. Earth day is celebrated April 22, and became an official United States Holiday in 1970. On the very first Earth Day, more than 20 million people gathered in the streets to protest the industrial revolution. Since then, April 22 has marked a day when families come together to collect garbage, plant trees, clean up beaches, teach one another about living green and sign petitions to promote a better future for the planet. Since 1990, the holiday has been recognized worldwide. Huge projects take place each year, including a 100,000 person bike ride on Earth Day in 2012 in China, and more than 28 million trees being planted in Afghanistan on Earth Day in 2011.
There are plenty of ways to promote Earth Day and teach your children about the importance of protecting the planet. Many families will plant a tree in their yard for each child and watch them grow along with their children. One of our favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day here at Wheels For Wishes is by making Worms In Dirt!
What better way is there to show the person that you love how important they are to you than by making the world a better place for them to live? Changing the world doesn’t always have to involve some big gesture. Even the smallest changes can make a huge impact.
Maintaining the planet is another great way to make the world a better place. Once again, it doesn’t take grand gestures to clean up the world. Every person conserving just a little will go a long way in making the world a little more eco-friendly. You can start this Valentine’s Day by going on a green date! Do something that will last, by not leaving a scar on Mother Earth.
Nearly 50 percent of people with televisions watched the Super Bowl last year. Even for people who dislike football, it has become a tradition to click on the game, sit down with friends and mock or admire the commercials. If you are planning to host a Super Bowl party this year, there are ways to have a great party while also remaining eco-friendly! Don’t turn your back on Mother Earth just to impress your friends. Make an effort to throw a green Super Bowl party this year.
If you’d like to keep green and throw an eco-friendly Super Bowl party, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Wheels For Wishes, we promote living a green life every day. When you donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, it is recycled, helping the planet and children of Make-A-Wish. A donation to Wheels For Wishes helps children in Rapid City, Burlington, Billings, and your community too! Proceeds from every vehicle that is donated benefit Make-A-Wish and help to make wishes come true. Here are some tips for making your Super Bowl party green:
Recycling a vehicle involves dismantling a vehicle for spare parts at the end of their life. Once a vehicle has stopped working properly, it is broken down and used for spare parts. The process of breaking a vehicle down can be complicated, since there are many different parts – including some hazardous material that must be removed.
To start the recycling process, recyclers will usually start the engine (if the engine starts at all) to find any leaks there might be. After the recycler has recorded all of the parts on the vehicle, they will then drain all fluids from the car (i.e. motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, etc.) and store those fluids in the proper area. Other remaining hazardous materials will then be removed, like the battery and propellant for the air bags. Once all products and reusable items from the car are removed, the vehicle is crushed and recycled at a metal recycling facility. The old parts can be used to create new cars, or used to repair cars that are still in working condition.
If you are tired of living a wasteful lifestyle and are resolved to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle this new year, you might feel a little overwhelmed about all of the big changes in your life. Starting something new can be stressful when you are unsure where to begin. Rest assured, you have already completed the most difficult step – deciding to make a change. Focus on smaller changes you can make easily before you tackle the more difficult steps of your eco-friendly resolution. Here are some easy and small changes you can make in your everyday life to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:
Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of the green movement. We are always encouraging others to make eco-friendly choices that will help keep America clean and green. At Wheels For Wishes, we accept donated vehicles and recycle or auction them off, so vehicles are always recycled and reused. This helps to extend the lifecycle of vehicles of all makes, models, and years. However, we are also interested in keeping America clean and green in other ways as well, such as by participating in National Planting Day!
Hosted by Keep America Beautiful, the second annual National Planting Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. This event celebrates the value of native species while encouraging others to keep America beautiful by planting native species of trees, flowers, and plants. Native species live or grow naturally without direct or indirect human interaction, which is very important in balancing the environment. They provide habitat for wildlife and they provide food for birds since they tend to attract pollinators and insects. Plus, natives are very low maintenance. Consider planting native shrubs, plants, or a tree on National Planting Day!
To ensure that our future generation knows how to protect the world we live in and keep it green, it’s good to set an example for kids, whether they are our children, grandchildren, friends’ children, students, etc.
Donating a car can be an excellent way to teach kids about recycling as well as the benefits of donating to charity. When you donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, you get the best of both worlds, because you are not only recycling a vehicle and allowing it to be reused, but you are also making a donation that will benefit Make-A-Wish and help to grant the wishes of local kids.
The environment needs our help, and World Environment Day is an important day to recognize what we can do to protect the world we live in. Since 1972, World Environment Day has been a popular celebration throughout the whole world. People of all ages are encouraged to get involved to make our world a cleaner and greener place to live. It’s an excellent time to get the whole family involved and to teach children the importance of living green.
Whether you choose to tackle city-wide cleaning on June 5, or you practice more sustainable ways of living for you and your family, World Environment Day is the perfect day for you to kick start your new green routine.
May Day is the start of a bright new spring and a perfect time to honor friends and loved ones with a special May Day basket. People love receiving May Day baskets, but instead of giving away a basket filled with wasteful items, consider creating an eco-friendly May Day basket that will allow friends and family to get the most out of their May Day gift.
Recycling is a big part of Wheels For Wishes and recycling is also a very big step in creating a greener world. Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of the green movement and encourages others to get involved, especially on holidays such as Arbor Day. Wheels For Wishes accepts donated cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, boats, or motorcycles, and recycles or auctions them off so vehicles can be recycled and reused. Earned proceeds from recycled or auctioned vehicles benefit Make-A-Wish, so there are many ways that an unwanted car can be put to better use.
Since Wheels For Wishes is a proud supporter of the green movement, Arbor Day is another perfect time of the year to be kind to the world we live in, starting with your own backyard. Maybe you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your yard or in your garage, and if you do, consider donating it to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish.
When you donate a vehicle, you have nothing to lose and you will actually end up with the maximum possible tax deduction at tax time, plus the great feeling of knowing your vehicle is helping to grant a wish for a child in your community.
Earth Day is the time of the year where nearly one billion people come together and work to make the world a little cleaner. April 22 has been known as Earth Day since 1970, and is still a very popular holiday for the environmentally-concerned or those who are interested in learning more about protecting the environment. Year after year, cities put together annual events to teach their communities how to live as green as possible. If you’re looking to get involved this year, look no further. We have everything you need to know about Earth Day 2013!
You know the tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, drinking green beer (or other green beverages) and showing your Irish pride (even if you’re not really Irish). However, there’s other ways to truly be green on St. Patty’s Day, and it goes much deeper than the color you’re wearing and the beverage you’re drinking!
This year, you could choose to really go green for St. Patty’s Day so you can contribute to the green movement which will make the world a healthier and cleaner place to live. Plus, going green can also get you a great tax deduction during tax time next year.
There is no question that used car donation is beneficial in many different ways. Not only does it get you a great tax deduction at tax time, but when you donate a car to charity, you are also recycling your car, which makes it a smart and eco-friendly option!
It’s easy and resourceful to donate a car to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish. We try to get the most out of every vehicle before recycling it, but if the vehicle can’t be auctioned off for a new family to drive, all of its parts will be reused—even the bumper, doors, engine, and transmission. When a car is recycled, no part goes to waste and every single piece of the car is put to use.
Donating a car makes for a better world, and when you donate your old car, you can personally get involved in making the world a cleaner place. Used car donation is beneficial to you, the earth, and a local child. When you donate a car to charity, you are turning your old car into a wish for a local child.
The damage caused by the recent natural disaster to hit the east coast is already estimated to be in the billions. The number of cars damaged could easily reach tens of thousands from the Hurricane turned Tropical Storm.
We're here to help, here's what to do
If your vehicle was one of the victims to Sandy, here is some advice on what you may need to know and steps to take:
1. Check with Insurance:
If you are covered with comprehensive insurance, you will be insured in this event and be able to receive enough to replace your damaged vehicle. Be patient though because insurance companies will be getting slammed with all of the claims in the next few months, so it may take several months before you can start the process.
If you only have liability insurance, unfortunately you will not be covered. In this case, jump to #3. If you are covered, see #2: