Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Five Do's and Don'ts When Recycling, or Regifting, Gifts

Get Ready for White Elephant Parties This Season

During the holiday season, it is commonplace to receive some excess and some, frankly, unique gifts.  Trying to decide what to do with some gifts that are not necessarily useful?  Try regifting these presents, a way to recycle presents and give them to someone else.

What is regifting?

Essentially, regifting is the process of giving a received gift to someone else.  This is also occasionally called "recycling a gift."

In America, an unofficial holiday "National Regifting Day," takes place the week prior to the Christmas holiday.

What about etiquette?  Is it polite or appropriate to regift?

Ultimately, this is up to personal preferences.  Some individuals may feel uncomfortable regifting or recycling gifts received during the holiday season.  Others may feel this is a great way to give more gifts during the holiday season.

What are some regifting do's and don'ts?

Below, the Grady's GreenLiving Tips team compiled a few tips to help with gift recycling and regifting:

1. The gift should always remain in the original packaging.  No one wants to receive a pre-used gift, even if it is an appliance or kitchen item only used once.  If regifting this season, ensure that the original packaging is intact and in good condition.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Three Green Truths About Balloons

Think Before Letting Balloons Go

After holiday celebrations, birthdays, or other special events, hosts and attendees may be left with a multitude of balloons.  While some may take the balloons home, others may think it is a good idea to let balloons "go" to float upwards into the sky.

While this may seem like a nostalgic and harmless pastime, letting balloons float upwards can have devastating consequences for the environment.  Below, Grady's GreenLiving Tips details three of these negative environmental impacts:

Animals Can Get Sick or Hurt From Balloons 

After balloons float upwards, the balloons eventually sink downwards and land in a different place.  Once this happens, birds, fish, and other animals can mistake the deflated balloons as food.  This can, obviously, cause serious detriments for the impacted animal.  Animals can choke on the balloon.  In addition, balloon strings can entangle birds, turtles, and other animals which can limit or totally hinder their movement and ability to survive. 

Balloons Will Become Litter

Balloons that sink back to Earth will land on the ground: in plants, on top of shrubbery, in trees, or in waterways.  This is essentially litter, as a discarded and foreign piece of trash is now in an open space.  Not only can this kill the plants and shrubs, but it can also impact power lines and damage other man made structures.

Resources Will Be Wasted

Letting go balloons only for the whim of watching them float into the sky will waste helium, the gas that makes balloons float.  Again, this may seem harmless, but helium is a precious resource.  When blowing up balloons before parties and events, ensure you are not filling more balloons that needed in order to reduce waste.

Even when not letting balloons float into the sky, remember to remove the string from balloons before disposing of them in the garbage to try to curb potential negative impacts on birds, fish, and other animals.

Grady's GreenLiving Tips was created in 2014 by Grady Management, Inc.  Grady Management was founded in 1965 and continues to provide a full service residential, commercial, and consulting real estate firm in the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area.  Learn more from our website or Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebrate America Recycles Day This Thursday (November 15)

#BeRecycled for a Green End to the 2018 Year

Recycling is an easy and efficient way to live a green life.  Sorting recyclables, such as plastic soda bottles, aluminum cans, and newspaper, from waste, re-using products, and re-purposing goods and supplies are all ways to recycle that will have a positive impact on the environment.  

Thursday, November 15, is America Recycles Day, an annual, green, holiday that celebrates the positive impact of recycling.  Three ways to celebrate America Recycles Day include:

Take the #BeRecycled Pledge: Located on the official America Recycles Day website, the digital pledge allows people to commit to recycling and even narrow down on a particular product or products to recycle more of throughout the year.  Signing the online pledge also allows individuals to opt in to receiving recycling tips via email.

Attend a Recycling Event: Multiple recycling and GreenLiving themed events are taking place this week in honor of America Recycles Day.  Find a nearby event online.