Monday, June 20, 2011

Why recycle? Well, my dear fellow.....

(Okay, I'm putting a link to Castle Ink RIGHT HERE so you don't get bored of reading my post and forget to click it, which is the whole point)

(And if you totally have no idea why this whole thing is here, scroll down to my first post and read it)

Most of us played outside growing up-- mud pies and giant maple leaves are the best things pretty much ever. Mud pies constructed ON the giant maple leaves so you can carry them around and show 'em off are even better.

Thing is, in landfills around the country, mud pies and leaves aren't really present. The ground is full of bits of plastic and garbage (hey, not complaining-- it's gotta go SOMEWHERE) instead of pure clean dirt, and majestic maples just can't take root on them.

And, of course, we just keep generating trash. Landfills grow bigger. New ones are constructed as the old ones are allowed to settle and start decomposing. A lot of our refuse does have to go into a place like a landfill, but there's a significant portion that is still reusable-- plastics and metals can be melted down and reformed into something new, paper and cardboard can be chopped up and stuck back together again to make new paper and cardboard.

(Ack! Please, if you're bored already (heathen), just click the link before you go)

If we recycle these materials instead of just throwing them away, we'll reduce dramatically the amount of junk that heads for the landfills. And that'll leave plenty of good clean dirt in other places for the mud pies to be made and the maple leaves to grow as big as they want.

The moral of the story: Recycle! It's not that hard these days. Lots of college campuses provide recycle bins, and more and more towns are encouraging their residents to recycle plastics, metals, glass, and paper. Have a bin or a box near your trashcan to put recycles in when you're throwing stuff out.

And if you live with me at school, well, you can just wait until I squeal at you for tossing an empty bottle in the trash and bring it to the recycle bins myself. But you wouldn't want to take advantage of little me now, would you?

That's about it. Yay, recycling! 8D


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Why yes, this IS almost-free advertising for Castle Ink. I still want the scholarship, darnit!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

Hey! Okay, so, I'm after this scholarship thingy from Castle Ink, and in order to get it I need your help. Here's the little description on the scholarship page:

*write something about recycling. It doesn't matter how long or short it is, but be sure it's inspirational!

*post it online someplace, for example on your website, your blog, facebook, twitter, a friend's website, youtube, flickr, etc.

*be sure to include a link to Castle Ink in your post. To win the award, you need to drive as many people as you can to visit your page AND then click-thru on the link that you post

Aha, so that's where I need your help! You've gotta click on my link under my little inspirational message about recycling (that'll be my next post, hang tight while I think of something clever), and if I get enough hits, I'll be the winner of a $2,500 college scholarship. Hooray!

Oh, and you might want to know....

"We'll tally up the visits on 7/1/11 to determine the winner"

That gives us ten days. We can do eeeeeet!