I have to be honest with you – 2013 was not a great year. We were sick all the time, my house was grossly unorganized, we had a health crisis in my family, and I neglected my recycling and composting in a way that I cannot even confess in writing. It felt like a fast-moving train and I was grasping to hold on. I enjoyed it, for sure – we had fun, celebrated birthdays and holidays and milestones, and I made sure to get snuggles in with my kids every day and tell my loved ones how much I cared as often as I could. But I didn’t accomplish things I wanted to and I wasn’t able to slow down and focus on the things I needed to do.
Not looking back, I am hoping that this year will prove to be a bit more slow, where I can let go and take a look at the scenery around me. My knuckles are white and raw from holding tight for so long, I long to let go and be free!
So there we have it. 2014 will be the year to be free! Free to do the things we want to do and NEED to do in our lives and homes. Freedom to really get organized at home, with momentos and school planning, with the kids play and art area, and with recycling and the composting. There is one really great thing that my sister-in-law used as a gift tote last year and that was a purple rubber tote bucket which makes for a really awesome recycling tote. It’s so easy to store in the kitchen next to the door and throw recyclables in the tote and just grab it and go when we leave the house and empty it into the recycling bin. My new resolution of turning it green is made very easy thanks to this handy bin.
Turning it Green in 2014 with REPREVE
Recycling should not be a chore. It should be easy and it CAN be easy. Do you know how many new products can be made with recycled items? REPREVE is a really great recycled fiber that a lot of brands use to turn plastic bottles into stuff to wear and use!
Who Uses REPREVE?
A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener:
• Volcom graphic t-shirts are made with REPREVE, using 2 recycled plastic bottles.
• One Patagonia fleece jacket with REPREVE has 40 recycled plastic bottles, so you can be a real “active-ist.”
• Life Khaki by Haggar uses REPREVE to put 7 recycled plastic bottles in every pair of pants; so wear what you believe.
My parents just purchased a new 2014 Ford Focus and I was so excited to be able to tell them that the seats in their car were made with REPREVE! Some other brands made with REPREVE are: The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and more.
Facts about Recycling
The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So Repreve is on a mission to get the word out: Just recycle more. And buy REPREVE products.
The luckiest plastic bottles get made into a recycled fleece beanie made from REPREVE. One REPREVE green beanie is made from 6 recycled plastic bottles. I was lucky enough to receive one of these hats from REPREVE and I LOVE it. Although I have to be honest and say the green is not my color, I may just forget that because the material is so soft and cozy.
Make sure you watch this cool animation that shows you
how REPREVE is made from YOUR trash!
What do you think? Will you look for these brands using REPREVE in the future?