Summer Vacay Tech and Travel Tips

Summer Vacation Tech and Travel Gadgets

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to take that relaxing or adventurous getaway you have worked so hard to deserve. Before you make your escape and leave your coworkers at the daily grind, take the time to figure out what you need to bring along to make your vaycay truly legendary. Trust us to be your summer vacation planner with the fun gadget and app ideas to help you to get the best (for less) out of your time away.

Pics or it Didn’t Happen

You need proof of your exploits or the shameless luxury you enjoy on a trip so you can brag on social networks or around the office. Make sure you get a camera with the highest resolution you can find so everyone watching back home can see every bead of condensation dripping down the outside of your margarita glass. For extra fun, you can strap your camera to your hat or over your chest to capture the gorgeous details flying by as you drive, swim, bike or even skydive on your unforgettable adventure. Keep the camera rolling to show off how many heads you turn as you stroll down a lively avenue for a night on the town.

Apps for Fun and Convenience

Wanna skip the lines for that bone-rattling roller coaster? How about making sure you pay the lowest price for your room? Check out the app store that comes with your tablet or smartphone for apps offered by the places you plan to visit, or for booking apps such as Expedia or Booking.com. These apps for travel are almost always free and offer you special deals and discounts that you would otherwise miss out on. Research stories from savvy visitors who braved the unknown, so you don’t have to, get deals emailed to you regularly and more. Your best bet for finding these apps is either an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tablet. You can easily make back what you spend on them by getting the lowest price on hotels, fare, and admissions, so you can feel that much better as you race past everyone else sweating away in line because you were smart enough to use your apps to get a VIP pass.

Indispensable Accessories

Depending on where you’re heading, you might need some way to adapt your chargers to a new outlet type. Don’t make it all the way to the hotel to find out that your phone’s going to die before you even get a chance to take your first beachside selfie. Grab any spare USB cords, chargers, adapters and anything else you need before you leave so you can save your regrets for the morning after you go out partying. We can’t save you from a motel that doesn’t come with the same TV and stereo that it shows on its website, but we can help you find portable audio solutions, such as Bluetooth wireless headphones that let you chill with your tunes no matter where you’re at.

Distractions for Relaxation

You may be on the road for a while to get to your ideal vacay spot. Keep yourself entertained while you drive, ride the train or fly to your destination with a tablet or other media device. You can engross yourself in the latest bestselling novel instead of the kid who keeps running up and down the aisle. We’ve got you covered because we can show you where to buy a Kindle cheap, so you can save your cash to spend once you hit your favorite night spots. If you have your children in tow you can keep them out of your hair by loading up their phones with all sorts of games so you can focus on spending time with your partner. We’d like to consider ourselves friends, or at least that one person you can always count on to give you a solid recommendation, so go ahead and leave us a comment or two about your favorite tips for travel and maybe we’ll see you on the beach!

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Where will your DealCow Roam? Summer 2015 Sweepstakes!

640x640-INSTA-SDC-1There are so many awesome things about summer! Longer days filled with fun in the sun, family vacations and laid back BBQ’s to name a few. We’re adding to the awesomeness with the Summer DealCow Sweepstakes!

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No purchase necessary. Ends at 1:59 PM on 8/14/15. See Official Rules for photo guidelines and full entry details.

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What is Wearable Tech?

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A few years ago, the smartphone was the hottest innovation to date. Today, however, technology has skyrocketed, giving average Joes the chance to experience a world once known to only Marty McFly. While many are still waiting for the day when they can own a hoverboard, wearable tech toys are here and making lives so much easier.

From gadgets that track your every move to gizmos that let you talk into your watch like James Bond, wearable tech is more than just the latest digital watch or pair of headphones. This type of technology refers to items that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, use internet connections and feature several smart sensors that help you achieve certain goals. For example: connecting more with others, staying active or losing some weight. While most are worn around the wrist, there are some that can be hung around your neck or even clipped to your body. They often resemble jewelry but do so much more. Want to know what kinds of gadgets and gizmos are out there waiting for you? Keep reading to learn more.

Types of Wearable Gadgets

Smart Watches

Purchasing a smart watch isn’t about telling time. That is simply an after-thought when you see everything these watches can do. Smart watches are worn on the wrist and connect to your smartphone or tablet, typically via Bluetooth. These give you the opportunity to see and interact with your digital life without have to actually use a larger device. Some smart watches, like the Pebble Smart Watch , connects to Android or Apple devices. This type of watch can be used with a variety of apps, giving you the opportunity to play games, tell time or act as wearable activity trackers. The watch will vibrate when you have a notification or text, which you can then see on the mini screen.

The Samsung Gear 2 Neo, on the other hand, is only compatible with certain Samsung devices. It does let you receive and send texts, respond to notifications and call individuals using the watch. You can also use this particular device to check the weather, play videos and listen to music.

Fitness Trackers

At the end of a long workout, would you like to know how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned and track your weight? A fitness tracker can provide you with all this information in a wearable form. We aren’t talking about bulky gadgets and gizmos featuring cords that have to be connected to your phone and get in the way of your exercise routine, though. The Jawbone Up, for instance, is a wristband that tracks your every move. Each step you take, along with the distance you travel, is monitored and displayed by this technology. Another option is the Fitbit Zip, a wireless activity tracker that monitors your exercise and relays it to a compatible smart device. This tracker can be clipped to your clothing or placed in your pocket, so it’s out of the way when you’re working out.

Head-Mounted Displays

When it comes to the coolest wearable tech and must have gadgets, head-mounted displays (HMD) must be mentioned. This technology is worn on your head and over your eyes. The Oculus Rift is a popular option, giving you the opportunity to experience a virtual reality without ever having to leave your home.

Benefits of the Best Wearable Tech

The best wearable tech comes with many advantages to your everyday life. From helping you lose weight to helping you connect with others, these devices can provide you with the technology you need to succeed.

Do you have a favorite piece of wearable tech that you can’t live without? Drop us a comment and let us know. If not, why not treat yourself and take advantage of some great deals. Click here to shop for awesome deals on geeky gear.

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Save Moo-La on the Go

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Most of us have two things in common. We love our gadgets, and we love to save Moo-La while on the go. Right? Of course its right, who doesn’t like to save a buck or two? So, what if we told you it’s possible to put your smartphone to work raking in those savings.  Do we have your attention now? Great! Let’s get to work.

How many loyalty cards do you own?

There are a number of apps available for your smartphone to help you save Moo-La on the go, so let’s begin with that stack of loyalty cards you have in your wallet or on your keychain. How would you like to store them all in one place? That’s right no more fumbling for a card or remembering which phone number you used.

Two apps stand out — RedLaser and Keyringapp. Why have a phone or tablet app and card for each store when you can pool them all together into one convenient place. In fact, Keyringapp will also store your library card, gym card and even any gift cards you have. RedLaser just uses shopping loyalty cards, but its main feature is the ability to keep you posted on current coupons and savings for each card. Scroll through and see where the best place to shop will be today or who is running double coupons for even more savings.

Out and about town?

For the app that offers a variety of savings, take a look at Groupon. You can save on travel, local food, services and even find great deals on that online cooking class you always wanted to take. They also have a long list of clearance items at unbelievable prices worth looking at.  If you’re a college student, then you’ll appreciate CampusSpecial. It shows you all the best and cheapest places close to campus, to cure nagging hunger pains or for that much-needed break from dorm food. You may want to add BestParking so when you check out the excellent deals close to home, you’ll know where the prime parking spots are when you arrive.

Shopping shopping and more shopping

While we are on the subject of shopping and savings tips, check out SnipSnap, Retailmenot, ibotta and Receipthog.  Do you love coupons, but don’t want to spend time cutting them out of the daily news? Maybe you’re sitting in the waiting room at your doctor’s office scanning the magazines, and you see an ad you just have to have, but you just don’t feel right ripping out the page. Now you won’t have to; just scan and go with SnipSnap and Retailmenot. If you’re looking to save and make some extra cash by scanning receipts, then Receipthog or ibotta may be just be the app you’re looking for.

Would you like to make traveling more affordable?

If a vacation is on your ‘to do’ list, then take a look at GasBuddyHotelTonight and Kayak to save on travel. Whether you’re traveling back and forth to work or off on a weekend excursion, you’ll want to find the best gas prices. GasBuddy keeps track of your location and shows the cheapest gas closest to your current position. Have you ever missed your flight and need hotel reservations fast? If your answer is yes, then HotelTonight is the app for you. Find the cheapest rates at the last minute with no advance booking – no sleeping on a park bench for you. When you have time to shop in advance, load Kayak on your smartphone. This app helps you find the best prices for flights, hotels and car rentals all in one place.
What’s your favorite way to save on the go? We’d love you hear your comments and experience with the apps we’ve suggested and learn about any super finds and best savings tips you’d like to share. Just leave us a comment and let us know.

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Make the Most of National Bike Month

cyclingMay is national bike month, and you know what that means…cool toys for your bike! You heard that right, couch potato season is officially over. Time to shred it like cheese. Trade those bulky layers for cool shorts and tees, get out your bike and cruise down to the bike trail. It doesn’t matter if you’re a roadie, a chaser, a spinner or just looking for an excuse to get outside, there are plenty of top bike apps that can help you make the most of your time.

Getting There- and Back

Before you even lace up your shoes, you should take out your smartphone and download a few apps that will help you map out your course. One of the most popular options for this job is MapMyRide. This application lets you plot your routes or find routes other bikers have used in you area. It’s available on both iPhone and Android for free, but you can also take advantage of a premium option that will give you access to advanced mapping and tools.

Also available on your iPhone and Android devices are free biking apps like Google Maps. Google Maps gives you the opportunity to plot out your trail before you take off and receive turn-by-turn directions.

Getting Started

After a long winter of cruising the couch cushions and enjoying more than your fair share of hot cocoa, (don’t feel bad, we all do it,) your bike might not be in the best shape of its life. Luckily, there’s an app for that. If your bike needs to be serviced, let the Bike Doctor come to your rescue. While it isn’t a free application, it can save you time and money by helping you avoid a bike repair shop. The app gives step-by-step instructions on how to fix any mechanical issue your bike might have.

If you haven’t taken the time yet to purchase the bike of your dreams, SizeMyBike can help. This app is available on Android and iPhone for a price, but can help you choose the right sized road bike or mountain bike for your skill level, height and body type.

Track Your Fitness

There’s nothing like pedaling down a trail, wind in your face and heart pounding. But you don’t enjoy biking simply for the pleasure- at least not completely. It’s also a fantastic way to stay fit. There are a number of top bike apps that can help you track just how fit you really are while you’re on your bike as well.

  • Wahoo Fitness– This app lets you track almost anything, from your heart rate to your speed. It also plays well with others, giving you the opportunity to connect it to your favorite fitness site and link to Bluetooth sensors that monitor your power, speed and pulse.
  • Cyclemeter– When you’re looking for top bike apps, this is one option you can’t miss. It is only available for iPhone users but provides plenty of customizable options you’ll enjoy as you track your fitness. All of the data is saved to your phone and alerts can be set to help you monitor your distance, heart rate and even time.
  • iBiker– Biking apps like iBiker make monitoring your cycling activities simple and easy. While it’s only iOS 8 compatible, it can track your time, speed and heart rate while recording your route at the same time.

Getting the most out of your next bike ride begins with the right biking apps. Make sure your smartphone is compatible to the ones you want to own so you can track and enjoy every trail during national bike month. Is your favorite app not mentioned? Why not leave a comment below and tell us what it is.

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Should Your Cloud Be Personal?

Should Your Cloud be Personal Could

Just recently I was going about my business on my MacBook when up pops a notification informing me that my hard disk was almost full. I immediately googled said issue and realized I needed to get my virtual house in order. I got busy deleting unnecessary files and programs but it wasn’t enough. In my case, my music library was bulky and taking up a valuable storage space. I needed a long term storage solution. Solutions such as USB flash drives and external hard drives are helpful for storing important documents and photos but the avid video or music buff will likely run out of room faster than they can keep up with their devices’ storage capacity. Luckily, cloud storage solves these issues without the hassle of taking up physical space. Read on to learn about what kind of cloud storage solution may be right for you.

What’s the Difference Between a Personal and a Public Cloud?

There are a few types of cloud storage options, and currently the most popular is the public cloud. A public cloud service is one like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. All of these services allow you to store, back up and share your data. Your data is stored on distant servers, right next to other people’s data. Additionally, if you need to store more than the free space allowed for the service you choose, you’ll have to pay monthly or yearly fees just for them to store your stuff.

On the other hand, you could decide to go with a personal cloud storage system. When you compare cloud storage, you’ll notice that when you use a personal cloud storage system, you own and control the entire thing and don’t have to rely on someone else to take care of your valuable data. Instead of leasing cloud storage space, you just store your files on a networked storage device and connect it to the Internet. Then you can access it via apps designed by the maker of the device, or if you’re particularly tech-savvy, can create your own remote access. Of course, there are some other things you should keep in mind.

Storage Capacity and Price

One of the advantages of public cloud storage is that it’s fairly inexpensive. In many cases it’s free if you don’t need a lot of space, though if you do need a decent amount of space, you’ll have to pay a monthly or yearly fee. On the other hand, you only have to pay for personal cloud storage once; there are no recurring charges, so data won’t be compromised if you can’t pony up the cash for those fees.

Security and Privacy

Recent data breaches and controversy over government surveillance are a reminder of the privacy and security risks associated with public cloud storage. If your data is stored outside of the USA, it’s subject to the laws of another country — laws that you may not agree with. With personal cloud storage, you have complete control of your data. In fact, you decide who can access it and who can’t, and you don’t have to worry about your host sharing your most sensitive data.

Reliability

Your data is susceptible to weather-related problems and abandonment just like regular books, videos and photographs. Even the huge companies aren’t immune to such problems. A few years ago, Amazon’s data center in North Virginia suffered an outage that brought down access to public storage systems, as well as services such as Netflix, Instagram and Pandora. Just last year, a cloud storage company filed for bankruptcy and gave its customers just two weeks to move everything or lose it.

While these incidents are rare, they do happen. However, with personal cloud storage, bad weather in another state won’t stop you accessing your files, and you’ll still be able to get to your data even if the Internet is down or the provider goes belly up. But, the hard drive you use for your personal cloud could fail, so you should still make sure you back up your information regularly.

Regardless of whether you use a public or personal cloud, there are many advantages of cloud storage. I personally decided to go with a personal cloud with 4TB of capacity. That way I could back up my system for a very long time without worrying about running out of space. Plus, I can access my videos and music on the go from my own personal network.

Do you use personal or public cloud storage? If so let us know what you like about it in the comments section below!

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Clear Your Computer Clutter

Clear your Computer ClutterAre you looking for more zen in your life? It’s amazing what a clutter clearing session can do for our energy levels. Think about that rewarding feeling you get after you’ve cleaned out your closet or rearranged the furniture in your living room. With the amount of time we’re spending on our computers these days its important to look at organizing our virtual spaces as well.

Do you often find yourself waiting around for what seems like an eternity when your computer is booting up? Or worse, sifting through dozens of files on your desktop to find the one you actually need? We’ve all been there. Unless you’re one of those rare organizing breeds, you probably didn’t wake up this morning beaming with excitement about the prospect of culling your computer’s files. However, the reward is great and you’ll be feeling more zen from the process. Save this task for a rainy day or if you’re feeling ambitious dive right in and get your virtual life in order with these computer clutter clearing tips.

1. Cull, Cull, Cull!

Before you can get organized, you must first omit the files you don’t want or need. Think of your desktop as the entryway in your home. No one likes walking into a mess! Clear your desktop first by deleting all unnecessary files. Then start with your sub-folders, and delete anything you don’t need or want or that may be a duplicate file. This process takes time so break it up into working groups by documents, media and photos. Save the photos for last as they’re oftentimes the hardest and most time intensive to deal with.

2. Choose Your System

Once you have cleared the unwanted files from your computer, it’s time to get organized by choosing the type of system you want to use. Of course, this is mostly a matter of personal preference, so choose a system that makes sense to you.

You may want to organize based on computer users. “My Files,” “My Partners Files,” “The Kids Files,” etc. You can then break each one down into “Business,” “Fun” and “School.” You may find some overlaps; everyone may want access to your vacation photos or the music library. For something like this, you can create another folder to keep shared files and call it “Family.” .

Another way to organize files, particularly photos, is based on their status: Files you have not yet looked at go in one folder, those you’ve looked at but not filed in another, and files used on active projects in a third. Everything else can go into an “archive” folder. Of course, the “archive” folder should contain subfolders so that every file and photograph is organized.

3. Choose a Naming Convention

Whenever you name a file or folder, make sure you name it wisely. Document 1, New Folder 2 or Photo 3 won’t mean anything to you in the future. Take the time to come up with a meaningful name, one that accurately states what the contents are without listing everything. For example, a folder with pictures from your recent snowboarding trip could be called “Vail 2015.” If you have files and folders from previous trips, you can simply call the main folder “Travels” and then create subfolders for each trip.

4. Stick to It

If you’re going to spend time creating a system and getting everything filed, be sure to stay with it. Don’t fall back into the habit of dumping every new file or photo onto your desktop. Ensure you keep clearing your computer clutter by filing every new file or picture you get as soon as you get it. Otherwise, in a couple of months you’ll be facing another disorganized mess.

5. Back up Your Files Often

You’ve worked hard to organize your files and they need protection from potential computer crashes and the like. Set up a reliable backup system to make sure those important files are always safe. Cloud storage services such as DropBox or Google Drive are both options for automatic backups of smaller files and photographs. For larger files, an external hard drive is a good choice. A 1TB hard drive can store up to 250,000 photographs or 1,000 high-definition movies.

Regardless of the system you use, it’s important to clear your computer clutter on a regular basis. Not only will it make life easier when you’re looking for those important family photos, but it will also help to speed up your computer.

Do you have a specific way you organize your files? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Save Green, Be Green: Tech Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption

reduce energy consumptionIn the digital age, everyone has a whole lot of electronic gadgets and systems that eat energy, giving you a big carbon footprint. How can you combat this? Do you have to live by candlelight and communicate with smoke signals? Not so much. In fact, we’ve put together a number of tech tips to reduce your energy consumption that lets you enjoy your home and all the conveniences of your gadgets while saving money on energy costs and doing your bit to save the Earth. Use these energy-saving tips to get the most value from your modern conveniences.

Invest in Smart Tech, Like the Nest Learning Thermostat

Smart tech, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, helps to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, but only when you need it. Nest learns your routines and your temperature preferences, and even adjusts according to the season. This helps reduce energy consumption by only actively heating or cooling your home when you’re at home or on the way. If you have an unpredictable schedule, you can preset an Auto-Away function then, whenever you find your schedule demands that you’re away from home, simply select Auto-Away.

Since it’s smart, you can control Nest from anywhere with your smartphone, maximizing your savings. For example, if you’re going to be late home, you can tell Nest remotely not to start its regular heating or cooling routine until later. Investing in Nest can save up to 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills.

Turn Stuff Off — and Unplug It

This is a fairly obvious way to save energy, but there are common misconceptions that leaving items plugged in doesn’t use energy and that leaving computers, televisions and other devices on standby uses less energy and makes the hardware last longer than turning the items on or off. This is nothing more than urban legend, left over from old-school mainframes that did indeed last longer if you never, ever turned them off. But times — and technology — have changed! Even if a device is off, whether it’s a smartphone, your oven or a laptop, if the cable or charger is still connected to the main power supply, it still draws energy. Consider the amount of energy wasted over a whole year based on the sheer number of electronic devices you have in your house. So, turn devices off and unplug anything you’re not using.

Go Solar

Taking advantage of solar power doesn’t mean you have to go and install costly solar panels on your roof, although that is a fantastic way of saving energy. Instead, switch out your device chargers for solar models, or even hand-crank ones. Whether the charger uses solar energy or kinetic energy, it still uses renewable, sustainable energy and doesn’t cost you anything at all. You can even get solar-powered devices and peripherals, like solar keyboards. Of all the ways to save energy, this is one of the easiest.

Buy Energy Star

When you’re planning on buying a shiny new laptop or smartphone, look for ones with Energy Star certification. These devices use up to 65 percent less energy than devices without this accreditation.

With so many ways to save energy, there’s really no excuse for not reducing your carbon footprint and living a greener lifestyle. Put these energy-saving tips into practice and watch as your savings add up. Treat yourself to a cool piece of smart tech, a laptop or a game console with all the money you save on energy!

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Save the Date: Earth Day Twitter Party

Earth Day Twitter PartyIn celebration of Earth Day we’re hosting a Twitter Party! Join the @CowBoom team on April 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. CT for a fun game of eco trivia! We’ll be giving away fun prizes including the famous CowBoom DealCows, Best Buy Gift Cards and an Apple iPad Mini 2!

No need to RSVP, just make sure to follow @CowBoom on Twitter,  use #CowBoom in your Tweets and come ready to party! If you need more info, check out our official rules here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Earth Week: Apps and Tips to Reduce Waste

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and the week surrounding this date is known as Earth Week. This is a time when people all over the world come together to hold Earth Week activities like beach cleanups, habitat restoration and outreach. For many of us, it’s a great time to reflect on our own habits and find new, interesting and even fun ways to become more “green,” and one of the best ways to do this is to embrace recycling and repurposing. Take a look at some of these Earth Week facts, and then read about some pretty cool Earth Week-themed apps and some of our favorite tips to reduce waste.

Earth Week Facts

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  • Earth Day was started on April 22, 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, and about 20 million people were involved in the first one
  • Last year, the U.S. burned or buried more than 165 million tons of resources such as plastic, paper, metal, organic material and glass in incinerators or landfills
  • In about six weeks, an aluminum drink can is manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured
  • Every year nearly 200 billion of those drink cans are sold in the U.S; about two-thirds are not recycled
  • For every drink can you recycle, you’re saving enough energy to watch your favorite show on TV for three hours
  • If we reduced waste by 1 percent each year and composted or recycled 90 percent of the things we throw away, by 2030 we could save the equivalent of 400 megatons or more of carbon dioxide a year

Are You Ready to Start Reducing Waste?

It’s easy to say you should reduce waste, but where do you start? It’s not always obvious what’s recyclable and how to go about it. Fortunately, there are many Earth Week apps and tips to reduce waste that can point you in the right direction.

eEcosphere

This is a web-based community of like-minded people who are working together to shape the world. Users share their stories and ideas and encourage each other to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you’re interested in how much food is wasted in the U.S. every day or how to grow your own takeout box, you’ll find it on eEcosphere.

iRecycle

An app from Earth911, iRecycle is a smartphone and tablet app available on both iOS and Android operating systems. If you aren’t sure what to recycle or where to take it, this is the app for you. Using iRecycle, you can find local recycling opportunities and all kinds of ways to recycle hundreds of different materials.

MyEco

Did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year? Here’s the clincher: That’s enough to cover the Earth multiple times, and most of them end up in landfills. MyEco is an app for Android and iOS devices that gives you access to a sustainability platform that reminds you to use reusable bags. It also measures progress and rewards you for reuse. Of course, it doesn’t only concentrate on plastic bags; it encourages you to break many less than eco-friendly habits.

Tips to Reduce Waste

Learning how and where to recycle is only half the battle when it comes to reducing waste. There are other things you and your family can do to keep your waste production as low as possible, including:

  • Purchase used or refurbished electronics
  • Choosing reusable containers and bags as much as possible
  • Purchasing products that are reusable, refillable or returnable rather than purchasing single items
  • Instead of buying individually wrapped items, buying large containers or from bulk bins and save on packaging
  • Composting yard waste and food scraps
  • Shopping at second-hand stores and buying quality items that can be handed down
  • Purchasing items made from recycled materials as much as possible
  • Using and reusing items. For example: using both sides of notebook pages before starting a new notebook or use old printed on paper as a scratch pad

E-Waste

E-waste refers to electronic items that are broken, outdated or just not wanted anymore. This includes cell phones, laptops, computers, televisions, printers and all types of electronics. Many of these devices include hazardous materials like cadmium, mercury and lead. If they’re simply thrown into landfills, those chemicals can seep into the soil. If they’re burned, the chemicals can be released into the atmosphere. Both options negatively impact animals, plants and us.

If you have any e-waste to dispose of, take it to a recycling facility that specializes in that type of trash. If you aren’t sure where your nearest e-waste recycling facility is, use a website like E-Stewards to find one.

We only have one Earth. If everyone works together to improve the way we handle our trash, we can make sure that our home and the air we breath remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

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