en-US Polly Products Green Products for a Green World Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:53:31 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=3.0.0.20 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/ 12 Recycling Days of Christmas

First Day – Make a recycled card. Store bought cards are beautiful but can be expensive. It’s fun to look for holiday pictures in magazines, newspapers, calendars, old greeting cards and posters. Add fresh twigs, bark or bits of pine cones to make a special card. Remember to save the greeting cards you receive this year to recycle next year. The amount of cards sold in the U.S. during holiday season would fill a football filed 10 stories high.*

Second Day - - Buy a fresh green tree. Artificial trees are reusable, but according to EarthEasy.com, real trees are the more sustainable choice. Plastic trees are made of petroleum products and research shows that they are typically discarded after repeated use, filling up landfills. The benefit of live trees:

  • 95% of the trees are grown on tree farms
  • They contribute to air quality while growing
  • They are often locally grown – saving transportation costs and added air pollution
  • Live trees smell good!
  • Many communities have mulching service where you can bring your tree and help your local environment.

Third Day – Buy tree with a root ball. If you really don’t feel comfortable cutting down trees, buy a live tree. Depending on the size, you can repot it after the holidays or plant in your yard. Your local nursery will help you determine how and when to replant the tree.

Fourth Day – Use LED lights. LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights use up to 95% less energy than traditional holiday bulbs. LED Holiday lights use .04 watts per bulb, 10 times less than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs.* Buy or replace some of your old lights with LED lights. And don’t forget to turn them off when you go to bed!

Fifth Day – Fresh nuts and pine cones. Use pine cones, acorns, nuts, leaves, straw, cinnamon sticks, popcorn, paper chains made of recycled paper and old wrapping paper, along with natural twine to make holiday ornaments. Or, make holiday cookies with a hole to hang from your tree.

Sixth Day – Use eco-friendly bags to carry your gifts. Instead of using plastic bags, bring your own bags. And better yet, you can give them as gifts. Buy inexpensive canvas bags at the craft store and decorate it especially for your recipient.

Seventh Day – Homemade wrapping paper. You can wrap gifts in comics, newspaper, and old road maps. You can make wrapping paper from used brown grocery bags. Use ink and stamps or crayons, or cutouts from magazines to decorate the brown paper. Before the paper and plastic bags became readily available, items, including food were wrapped in material or with string. Use dish towels or cloth napkins to wrap gifts (that’s a gift in itself!) Use natural twine with a pine cone to tie your presents. Remember to save wrapping paper you receive this holiday for next year.

Eighth Day – Don’t buy toys with batteries. According to the EPA 40% of battery sales occur during the holidays.* Batteries are expensive and a toy with dead batteries can be useless and frustrating. Some batteries are hard to change especially in “educational” toys made for toddlers with sounds and lights or “talking” dolls or stuffed animals. Discarded batteries also hurt our environment. Think about games that nurture kids' creativity and board games that can provide quality family time.

Ninth Day – Turn down your heat. According to the Sierra Club, lowering the temperature in your house 5 degrees can save 10% off your energy bill.

Tenth Day – Donate your old cell phone. (And everything else you don’t use for that matter!) You can drop off your old cell phone at any Staples store through the Sierra Club’s cell phone recycling program. The Sierra Club estimates that 130 million cell phones are thrown out each year. Check out Kids Care Clubs Calling All Cell Phones for more information on where to donate your cell phone.

Eleventh Day – For the Birds. Kids love making suet and peanut butter pine cones and everyone will enjoy watching the birds peck at them during the cold snowy months. They make great gifts for grandparents and seniors. Take a pine cone, tie a sturdy string or wire around the base. Spread peanut butter or suet and roll in bird seed. See BirdNature.com for directions on making suet feeders for birds. Hang them on a tree visible from your house.

Twelfth Day – Recycle your tree by mulching. Each year 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, up to 30 million end up in landfills. Click on Earth.911.com for more information on recycling trees and a recycling center near you. Type in your zip code and the site will provide the closest recycling center.

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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:43:43 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/12/17/12-recycling-days-of-christmas/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/12/17/12-recycling-days-of-christmas/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
What a Stinky Mess!! Anyone that has ever had a baby and changed diapers can understand what I mean by "What a Stinky Mess!"  And those that have babysat an infant or even been nearby when an infant was changed out of a soiled diaper! Wow, can that stink!

But today, I am talking about another stinky mess. One that ALSO involves disposable diapers. In the UK, a company called Knowaste has been recycling diapers for over 5 years. When they tried to fund get a small program in California, it never even got past the pilot stage. And Proctor & Gamble abandoned a pilot program in Seattle In the early 1990s because it wasn’t worth the money and effort. No one has succeeded in getting people to recycle disposable diapers in the U.S.

REALLY??

Why would the American parents, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Babysitters, Caregivers and anyone with an infant NOT want to recycle disposable diapers? This surprised me. You would think that we, as a civilized country, wanting to protect the earth for our babies to enjoy when they grow up, would be more than willing to recycle those stinky diapers.  Maybe it is a matter of designing the best way to "hold" the diapers until they are disposed of for recycling purposes. The article I read did not go into alot of detail on the "Why" involved in the lack of support for this recycling effort. But I intend to find out. (I DO love research!)

An average child will use between 8,000 -10,000 disposable diapers ($2,000 worth) before being potty trained. Each year, parents and babysitters dispose of about 18 billion of these items. In the United States alone these single-use items consume nearly 100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of tree pulp. We will pay an average of $350 million annually to deal with their disposal and, to top it off, these diapers will still be in the landfill 300 years from now. Americans throw away 570 diapers per second. That's 49 million diapers per day!!!

So my question today is this:  Would YOU want to recycle those nasty disposable diapers so that they do not fill up in the landfills and pollute the future Earth for your children?

Read more about the diaper recycling companies here.

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Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:11:33 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/10/15/what-a-stinky-mess/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/10/15/what-a-stinky-mess/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
The decay of timber structures (Re-posted from http://britishrecycledplastic.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-decay-of-timber-structures.html)

An article in Landscape News (the official journal of the British Association of Landscape Industries) has highlighted a worrying acceleration in the decay of timber structures that has been noted across the landscaping industry.

Softwood timber in contact with the ground is rotting well inside the anticipated lifespan of the product. These installations coincided with a change in legislation regarding wood preservatives. Modern day preservatives are based on copper and other biocides. These replace more industrial products such as chromated copper arsenates (CCA) sold up until the early 2000s. Since this transition, anecdotal evidence suggests that some timbers are rotting within 3-4 years.

Best practice from timber suppliers can ameliorate this problem by conditioning the timber in a kiln before preservatives are added, thus ensuring the correct moisture content, but this approach is not widespread and much softwood on the market is now prone to premature rot.

Note from Polly Products:

Using recycled plastic lumber eliminates the problem of rot, decay, or splintering, saving significantly on periodic treatment and replacement costs. We manufacture all of our products out of 100% recycled plastic for a more durable and cost effective alternative to other materials that are robbing our environment of our valuable natural resources. ”Green Products for a Green World” is our contribution to the saving of our planet. Polly Products are versatile and stylish and are found in schools, hospitals, parks, trails, sports and recreation facilities. Our craftsmen create and fabricate products that are shipped worldwide. Click Here to view our online flip page catalog of Econ-friendly products.

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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:40:38 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/09/30/the-decay-of-timber-structures/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/09/30/the-decay-of-timber-structures/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
The Recycling Journey of the Plastic Beverage Bottle SOURCE: http://plasticsmakeitpossible.com/2011/10/the-recycling-journey-of-the-plastic-beverage-bottle/

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You probably know that recycling a plastic beverage bottle recaptures its value and keeps it out of the local landfill. You may also know that the bottle can live a second life in a container, carpeting, and even clothing.

But have you ever wondered exactly how the plastic bottle that you toss in the recycling bin becomes a new T-shirt or rug?

The transformation from beverage bottle to new product begins at a recycling facility that receives large bales of used plastic bottles. The bottles are compressed into bales to reduce transportation costs and energy use – bales can weigh up to 1,200 pounds and contain up to 7,200 bottles. These bottles already have been pre-sorted, so each bale should contain only one type of plastic: polyethylene teraphthalate (PET), the type of plastic most commonly used to make soda, water, juice, sport drink and other beverage bottles.

At the recycling facility, the bales are torn apart by a machine called a bale breaker. The separated bottles then are run under a magnet that attracts any metal pieces that may have mistakenly come along for the ride. After that, the bottles are run through a washing machine that works just like the home version – only it’s many times larger, of course. The soapy water removes the labels from the bottles as well as dirt and debris.

The next step: separating the bottles from the bottle caps that typically are made of polypropylene and can be recycled separately. But if you’re imagining hundreds of workers endlessly unscrewing caps from bottles, don’t worry—there’s a much more efficient method. First, the bottles and caps are ground into small flakes that are placed in a large tank of water. Since PET and polypropylene have different densities, the bottle flakes sink in water while the cap flakes float. This makes it possible to separate the two plastics for recycling.

After the PET flakes head through another wash cycle to remove any leftover dirt, they pass through an extruder. This machine heats up the flakes until they combine and become gooey… and then pushes the plastic through screens to create long, tubular strands of plastic, kind of like that soft clay “spaghetti” press you used as a kid. The strands are cooled and hardened in water, chopped into pellets… and then shipped to companies that make a variety of plastic products, including new bottles.

If the recycled PET is going to be made into fabric, the pellets will be melted down and pushed through an extruder once again – but this time the strands will be stretched into a very fine, soft thread (fiber). This thread then can be woven into versatile fabrics that you’d never guess were made from recycled plastic bottles.

The demand for recycled plastics continues to grow, which makes collecting these bottles more and more important. And people have responded – Americans now recycle more than one and a half billion pounds of plastic each year from soda bottles alone!  You can do your part: replace bottle caps after use, recycle at home, hang on to empty bottles until there’s a recycling bin handy, and encourage your friends to do the same.

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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:25:39 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/07/24/the-recycling-journey-of-the-plastic-beverage-bottle/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/07/24/the-recycling-journey-of-the-plastic-beverage-bottle/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
7 Ways to Save Money Recycling 7 Ways to Save Money Recycling

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Reposted from http://www.1stmarinerbank.com/blog/post/2013/04/22/7-Ways-to-Save-Money-Recycling.aspx Levin, S. 2013. 7 Ways to Save Money Recycling. 

We recycle because it helps reduce waste and pollution. We recycle because it’s good for the environment. We recycle to make the world a better place for future generations. These are all good, selfless reasons to recycle, which is why many of us do it. But have you ever thought about what recycling can do specifically for YOU? Why not be kind to the environment AND save money recycling at the same time? Here are 7 ways you can do this:

1) Refill or return empty ink cartridges.

Bring your empty printer cartridges into participating Walgreens and they will refill them for $12.99 – generally much cheaper than purchasing a new cartridge. Alternatively, Office Depot and Staples give you member rewards dollars for bringing in your empty ink cartridges.

2) Put your old compact discs to good use.

Do you have a huge stack of old CDs from back in the day, before the age of iPods, smartphones and music streaming? They make great reflectors and can easily be attached to a child’s bike.

3) Trade in your old electronics.

Not sure what to do with your old cell phones and computers? Several retailers including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target have trade-in programs in which you receive store credit for bringing in your old small electronics.

4) Recycle your wrapping paper.

After being used to wrap gifts, wrapping paper can then be used for things like textbook covers, scratch paper for making grocery lists and lots of other things that you would normally purchase.

5) Create your own Tupperware.

Before purchasing Tupperware, see what you can get out of old containers (yogurt, Chinese take-out, etc.) You might not get every shape and size you need, but it’s a good place to start!

6) Create new things out of your old clothes.

Whether your clothes no longer fit or have just lost their appeal, as long as the fabric is still in good shape you can make accessories such as bags or wallets. If this sounds too advanced for you, simply cut old jeans into shorts or use your old clothes as dust rags.

7) Join the Freecycle Network and get free stuff.

The Freecyle Network is a nonprofit movement of people dedicated to keeping quality items out of landfills. Join the group in your location for free and post items that you are trying to get rid of, as well as items you are looking for. You can often find things like furniture that people are trying to get rid of before a move and old toys from people whose children outgrew them.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:52:38 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/07/11/7-ways-to-save-money-recycling/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/07/11/7-ways-to-save-money-recycling/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
Staying GREEN on the Fourth of July!! This Fourth of July, make sure you and your fellow party goers remember to keep Mother Nature in mind while you celebrate.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Summer’s hottest holiday will no doubt call for backyard barbecuing, fireworks and maybe even a dip in the pool.

Here’s how to throw a little green into your mix of red, white and blue.

1. Ditch the disposable party ware

They’re popular and easy. Disposable plates, cups and utensils are convenient for parties with a lot of guests. The down side; they’re not so convenient for the environment.

To avoid this, do your best to use normal tableware that can just be washed and reused. If you must go the disposable route, clean them up (they’re often washable) and use them at your next big gathering.

We also love the “bring your own plate” theme. The hodgepodge of different dishes can serve as talking points at your party. An added bonus: Turn it into a dish swap. Bring your own dish and leave with a different plate for your collection.

The same idea works for glassware. Instead of charging a “keg fee,” a party-goer’s ticket is his or her own glass.

2. Get outside!

The best way to reduce your party’s footprint is to calculate its energy usage. The No. 1 way to avoid added costs to your electric bill is to utilize the outdoors – perfect lighting, temperature and truly inherent green setting.

Host your barbecue at midday when the light is bright and fills your crowd with energy. Or fight soaring temperatures and take advantage of the cooler evening weather. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and reduce the energy costs of using indoor facilities.

3. Use propane for grilling

Before diving into this one, we want to point out that we are not trying to step on any grillmaster’s toes. The debate between charcoal and propane is a tough one: Which one produces more flavor? Which is cheaper, faster? And most importantly, which is more eco-friendly?

We consulted a recent study by Environment Impact Assessment Review to answer this one. Drum roll, please…

According to the study, “the overwhelming factors are that as a fuel, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is dramatically more efficient than charcoal in its production and considerably more efficient in cooking.”

The two grilling methods were defined by their overall footprint, with charcoal using 998 kg of CO2, almost three times more than propane, which weighed in at 349 kg.

ScienceDaily reports that as fuel, LPG is “dramatically more efficient than charcoal in its production.” When purchasing a propane tank, make sure there is a trade-in option. Most retailers will let you bring in an empty tank in exchange for a decent discount on your next tank.

4. Save (and reuse) your decorations

If you’ve hosted Independence Day celebrations before, you know the décor is often the same: streamers, party favors and table toppers all in bold red, white and blue.

Sadly, most people often use these decorations once and then throw them out. But they can be reused year after year! So, this year, after the party’s over, take the time to store and save your decorations. You or someone you know can use them again next year, which helps to save on a bit of unneeded trash.

5. Opt for greener fireworks

Fireworks are hardly an environmentally friendly activity, but they’re an unwavering Fourth of July tradition. If you’re setting off your own fireworks this year, be sure to use fireworks rich in nitrogen. They often cost a bit more but put out less smoke into the environment.

Another option is to gather your group and go see your local fireworks display. It’s a great way to see a much bigger fireworks show and negates you from harming the environment with your own personal display.

6. Gather in groups

This may seem like a no-brainer for such a popular holiday, but the larger a group you gather (preferably outdoors), the less energy you use at individual parties that may take place indoors. Plus, the more people to help prepare and purchase food, the less of a cost it is to each individual. Just make sure your fellow party goers know these green tips!

7. Use large water containers

Plastic water bottles are convenient, but like other disposable goods, they can add up fast. In lieu of individual plastic bottles, store water for your family or guests in large containers so they can re-fill their reusable water bottles or reusable cups. If you must use plastic water bottles, be sure to encourage your guests to recycle them.

8. Don’t forget to recycle

One of the easiest ways to go green is to recycle your waste. So be sure to put a clearly marked bin out at your party.

If you did opt for disposable dinnerware, remember that those plastic plates, cups and utensils can be recycled. Paper plates will have to be thrown out or composted due to food residue.

If you’re unsure about recycling specific materials in your area, we’ve got you covered. Use Earth911 to find local recycling centers for your common party waste, such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles.

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Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:22:00 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/06/25/staying-green-on-the-fourth-of-july/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/06/25/staying-green-on-the-fourth-of-july/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
Answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions How do you anchor the product down? 
Polly Products does not require you to anchor your bench/table down.  It is the customer’s preference.  We do sell an anchor kit that is appropriate for many applications, including attaching to concrete. The brackets are L-shaped and screws are included to mount it to the legs of your product (or the side slats on the trash and recycle containers).  If you are securing it to concrete, you would purchase concrete bolts at your local hardware store and use them to attach through the L-brackets into the concrete.

How does the product hold up in heat & cold?
All of our products are made of Polyethylene which is ideal for outdoor use. The Polly Products formulation will withstand cold without cracking and heat with negligible increase in flexibility. Some of our larger picnic tables tops are reinforced underneath with powder coated aluminum tubing for extra stability.  We have a client that uses are benches near the beach and the salt and sand whip at them daily. This client informed us recently that the benches are still in the same great condition as when they were first purchased!

Will your product warp?
The product must be placed on a level surface to assure no warping occurs. Placement is important! Individual bench and table slats rarely warp if assembled correctly.

Can you power wash the product?
With caution; high-powered power washers with a concentrated tip may cosmetically damage the product. A fan tip is highly recommended. Experiment on the underside until the correct amount of pressure and water focus is achieved without causing cosmetic damage. 

How safe is the product? 
100% Polyethylene is a very earth friendly plastic.  It is the same plastic as the gallon milk jug from your refrigerator. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose so buying recycled plastic products keeps that plastic out of our country's landfills.

Can you paint the product? 
We do not recommend painting. There are color additives that are molded into the product. No staining or painting is needed. Due to the nature of plastic, paint would most likely NOT stick and would peel and flake off almost instantly.

Can we machine the plastic?
Plastic is very similar to wood when machining. For high production applications consult with the supplier of your cutting tools for proper tools and feed rates. For simple cutting, drilling and routing, regular wood working tools will work well. It is not recommended to plane.

Why the Color Variance?
Color variance is common in our operation as we use recycled materials. Most continuous suppliers use wide spec virgin plastics and can control the colors better. We remain honest with our claims of a recycled plastic product. We can strive to get a color match with what we have to work with.

How can I see the product in different colors?
We update our website often and will be adding more pictures with a wider variety of the colors we offer. You can also request free color samples to see the different colors available.
 
Bench Components and Plastic Lumber

Do bench ends come in pairs?
We sell individual bench ends because some benches require 2, 3 or 4 bench ends. Or a customer might just need one bench end replaced.

Are there left & right bench ends?
All of our bench ends are universal so you can use them for the left side, the right side or in the middle.

How do you attach boards to bench ends?
We use a #12 x 3" screw - screwed directly into the center line of the bench end. We use plastic lumber which requires a minimum of 32" center spacing for stability. The product comes pre-drilled to make assembly easier.

If you look at our finished benches you can get an idea. Also if you download the footprint pdf drawing from the product page you will get a line drawing of that particular bench.

What is the weight limit on your benches?
Each bench is different but they are all designed to handle a wide variety of people who may use them. For specific weight limits, please ask customer service.

I am looking for something to "plant" permanently in the ground.
Presently we do not have a product that plants permanently into the ground. We do have an anchor kit that will anchor many of our products to cement or other surfaces. It might be possible to anchor it to cement that is submerged under a few inches of mulch or topsoil.

Is assembly required or are the benches pre-assembled?
They come in a kit form with all holes pre-drilled, an assembly package with step-by-step, illustrated instructions and the required stainless steel fasteners. Some assembly is required: a screwdriver will do the trick but a power screwdriver is recommended.

How hard is it to assemble the Polly picnic tables?
Depending on the table, we pre-assemble many components; on the Hexagon tables we assemble the tops and parts of the frames, on the large round sheet plastic tables we assemble the tops and the frame has a few components that simply slide together, all of the straight tables tops are assembled and often seats will be, as well.

All of our tables have fully illustrated step-by-step instruction packages, all holes are pre-drilled or have pilot holes marking part placement. There is a legend to confirm you have all your fasteners before you start. Polly tables were designed with the customer in mind.

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What size is the umbrella hole?
2” The Umbrella hole will be in all Hex and plastic sheet tables unless the customer specifies they do not want one when they order.

Miscellaneous products

Is there a bottom to your trash receptacles?
Some of the trash receptacles do not have bottoms. They come with a liner inside to place the trash bag into. Others are pre-assembled and have a bottom in place with the addition of a plastic liner bin for placing the trash bag into.

Does the lid attach securely to the trash receptacles?
The lid does not come attached to most of our trash receptacles.  The lid fits inside the receptacle to hold it in place and is not secured for easy access when replacing trash bags. It is possible, on some products, to secure it with a screw or strap.

How do we become a distributor?
You can contact customer service toll free 1.877.609.2243 or Email customerservice@pollyproducts.com.  You will be sent a pre-qualifying distributor package. After completing forms in the package, simply return to Polly Products and pricing and product information will be provided.

If there are any questions our trained customer service staff has or will find the answer for you. Call toll free 1- 887-609-2243 extension 221. Or email customerservice@pollyproducts.com

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:02:18 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/06/04/answers-to-some-of-our-frequently-asked-questions/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/06/04/answers-to-some-of-our-frequently-asked-questions/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
Why Should I Recycle? We all know putting the extra effort forth to recycle can sometimes be a challenge. Often times even when we manage to get our recyclables out to the curb on garbage day, the garbage truck wont pick up all of the materials in the bin. Some people may choose to toss those items in the trash, but here are a few reasons to take them to your local recycling center:

-Recycling is the easiest thing we can do all 365 days of the year to conserve our natural resources, save energy, and create green jobs in our economy.

-Recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of Americans and helps our clean energy economy develop.

-The national recycling rate is 34%, this percentage has increased every year since 1980. Companies like us all across the U.S. are working to motivate the public to further increase this number.

-229 million barrels of crude oil are saved annually through recycling efforts.

-Recycling helps to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 36 million cars from U.S. roads each year.

-The average American produces 1,500 lbs of waste every year, much of this is recyclable.-paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, tin cans, magazines, newspapers, etc.

-Paper and cardboard account for 28% of all waste, in order to make these products trees need to be cut down. 4 billion trees are cut down annually across the globe.

-An aluminum can can be back on the grocery shelf in as little as 60 days if recycled.

-The average American uses 7 trees per year in paper, wood, and other products. This equals about 1,925,000,000 trees used by Americans each year.

Polly Products considers all of these factors in our daily business efforts. In our office we recycle more than just the plastic that we use to create our products, we recycle everything. We encourage our employees to take these recycling efforts home to their family and friends. We also encourage you to purchase sustainable alternatives to the products in your life. Polly Products can help you make this first step.

There are so many reasons to increase your recycling efforts! These are just a few. To learn more about where you can recycle materials that are harmful to our environment visit Earth 911. Do your recyclables a favor and put them where they belong!

Connect with us on social media to get weekly updates on recycling and our sustainable products on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:53:45 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/04/19/why-should-i-recycle/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/04/19/why-should-i-recycle/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
A Life without the Convenience of Water from the Tap - World Water Day 2013 TODAY- Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day! This annual event is sponsored by the United Nations and is an initiative to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation to those in remote and developing parts of the world. It is also meant to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

When you woke up this morning, it is likely you went into your bathroom and triggered your faucet to stream clean and drinkable water. You may have also tweaked it a little to be at just the right temperature. This is something people do every day without truly appreciating it. The next time you go to the water source in your home, think of the millions of people who do not have this luxury. The next time you are outside miserable in the rain, think of the people in developing countries and dry climates who pray for rain. The next time you are in a long line for the bathroom, think of those who have no facilities to wait for.

In the United States, when we have issues with our water we simply call a plumber. Many may see this as an inconvenience, but can you imagine a life without clean running water in your home or even the nearby area?

Food for Thought:

-It is estimated that there are 1.58 million deaths annually from diseases caused by unclean drinking water

-One person dies about every 20 seconds from water related illnesses, the majority of these are children

-37% of the world still does not have access to sanitation facilities

-Women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water in Africa alone, often subjected to unsafe areas along the way

-The UN estimates: 783 million people do not have access to clean drinking water, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, and 6-8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water related disease

-During the next 10 years, several countries important to the United States, will experience water issues

It is important we acknowledge these issues before it is too late. In the developed world, we must adopt sustainable alternatives to products that rob our environment of their natural resources. We must also be conscious of our own water use and ecological footprint. Numerous organizations are working to install wells and other fresh water sources in developing areas. Monetary donations to these groups or even word of mouth among friends help to make these organizations successful. The question is what will you do for World Water Day?

A mother and her children finish their day off by collecting dirty water in the Lira district of northern Uganda

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Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:04:51 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/03/22/a-life-without-the-convenience-of-water-from-the-tap-world-water-day-2013/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/03/22/a-life-without-the-convenience-of-water-from-the-tap-world-water-day-2013/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog
The Plastic Bag Problem Do you fully understand the impact of plastic bags on our environment? Many consumers don’t realize how big of an issue this is becoming. Several countries around the world have put an end to the “free plastic bag” used in stores, drastically reducing the number of bags consumed nationwide. They do this by making consumers pay extra to use plastic bags, which many do not want to do. This forces people to bring their own reusable bags when making purchases. This practice is catching in both developed and developing countries such as Europe, South Africa, and Taiwan. This strategy has done wonders for local environments around the world and is helping them to move toward a greener future. When will the U.S. adopt a more sustainable approach to the plastic bag problem?

Plastic bags have an impact on wildlife, the Earth, and the management of garbage in landfills. In today’s world it is not uncommon to see plastic bags dancing along the highway or scattered along beautiful scenery. Many do not think twice about it. Additionally, many wild animals consume remnants of plastic bags resulting in fatality. Marine wildlife is among the most affected. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that there is about 46,000 pieces of plastic litter scattered across every square mile of the ocean.

The cost of producing and using alternative products such as paper or reusable bags has further complicated this issue. Convenience is the American lifestyle and it is often easier to throw materials away than it is to take them to a recycling center. However, reducing the use of plastic bags and other plastics is a great first step toward achieving a greener lifestyle because it is much easier than other measures such as driving less. Researchers estimate about 100 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year. Many do not consciously notice the effects of plastic bags and other plastics on the environment, but it is a problem that that the public should be paying attention to.

Shocking Statistics:

-only about 1-2% of plastic bags are recycled

-thousands of marine animals and about one million birds die each year due to the consumption of plastic

-animals mistake plastic bag remnants as food and ingest them

-plastic bags are made with petroleum which causes pollution during their production

-12 million barrels of oil are used to create the nearly 100 billion plastic bags used in the U.S. alone each year

-it is estimates retailers spend about $4 billion a year on plastic bags

-the average U.S. family uses about 1,460 plastic bags annually

Act today by eliminating the use of plastic bags, or reusing a single plastic bag multiple times. Consider taking any plastic bags currently in your home to a recycling plant! Also, move toward a greener future by adopting sustainable materials to everyday products! Polly Products can help you do that today! Visit our website at www.pollyproducts.com or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/pollyproducts to learn how our products are making an impact on communities all around you!

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Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:22:09 +0000 http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/03/12/the-plastic-bag-problem/ http://www.pollyproducts.com/blog/2013/03/12/the-plastic-bag-problem/ anna@pollyproducts.com (polly blog) polly blog