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9/18/08 12:41 P

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I found this list of uses for old socks:

Ways to Recycle Old Socks #1: Dog Pull Toy

Before you recycle your old socks in this way, be sure you have got all the bleach and soap rinsed from the material. Smell the material before playing with your dog to make sure it not longer smells like bleach. Your dog will love this toy because you are playing with them, rather than them playing with a toy by themselves. It's so much fun to recycle your old socks in this way. If you have a large dog, this is also a great workout. One other important thing to remember is to not let your dog eat any of the material. When the material begins to rip, throw it away.

Ways to Recycle Old Socks #2: CD Mailer

If you make a CD or DVD for a friend and then need to mail it, you may be worried that the CD will get scratched. An old sock makes a wonderful CD mailer. You will need a crew or tube sock for this though. Simply stretch the opening around the CD and put it into a box to be shipped. The soft material will keep the CD from getting scratched and it will also help to protect the CD from getting broken.

Ways to Recycle Old Socks #3: Dish Washing Glove

This is one of the reasons why you want to make sure that your old socks are clean. This makes such a great way to recycle old socks. This is also another time that you will need tube socks. Pull the sock onto your arm and add dish washing soap to your hand. This allows you to actually feel the dishes you are washing and make sure you get them clean, because you can't always see through all those soap suds.

Ways to Recycle Old Socks #4: Car Washing Glove

Just like washing your dishes, this is a great way to recycle your old socks. Simply pull an old tube sock onto your arm and add soap to your hand. This allows you to get into all the cracks and crevices of your vehicle. Your car will look great and you won't feel so bad about throwing away that old sock anymore.

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/17/08 10:33 A

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Thanks for the tips, I pay attention to what I buy in regards to nutrition but I hadn't thought about packaging, I will start paying more attention.

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WILLAMLC's Photo WILLAMLC Posts: 40,261
9/17/08 12:58 A

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I recycle paper, card board, aluminum and steel cans, styrofoam, plastic (only types 1 and 2). I try to avoid buying product with wrappers that cannot be recycled.

I also use socks for cleaning...

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MMILLER1's Photo MMILLER1 Posts: 712
9/16/08 3:34 P

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I've not seen the crystal deoderant melt, but I have tried it. Not impressed. But I live in the SE where it is typically very hot and humid.

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9/16/08 11:12 A

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I've even seen CDs melt in a hot car so perhaps not surprising? (Although I don't use that kind of deoderant so I'm definitely no expert!)

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9/16/08 11:10 A

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Yes, your body is supposed to sweat - its part of its cooling system. I've had two friends whose sweat glands got clogged up by antiperspirants, and the bacteria backed up & infected their lymph nodes & they had to have surgery to lance the infected cysts that formed & have these nasty "drainage" wicks hanging out of their armpits for weeks - it was disgusting!

I've never had the crystal deodorant melt - that's weird! Kinda makes me want to try & make it happen LOL! CHEVY, you might want to try using a tea tree oil soap in the shower if you still feel stinky. Tea Tree is a mild antiseptic, and it can kill some of the stinky armpit germs, but it doesn't smell mediciny.

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/15/08 5:00 P

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I'm going to check into a drop off recycling center, thanks, no food products on plastic seals and razor covers, etc.

I am going to try an aluminum free deodorant but I stink even with normal deodorant so we'll see, I might be out of luck with that. I read that your body is made to sweat/it is supposed to sweat, which is why burt's bees and such don't make them anti perspirants, something about it is bad but I can't remember what I read now.

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9/15/08 3:20 P

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I've got a question about those Crystal Deodorants. Has anyone ever had one MELT? It happened to me on my honeymoon. The thing was in a black bag in my car and it actually melted. I thought that couldn't happen!?!

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9/15/08 1:08 P

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Plastics are a B*$ch to recycle! Here we can do 1&2 only, but not on the curbside program, so I just haul all my stuff to the recycling center.

As for the ho-ho wrappers & other stuff like that, I hate to tell you, but it's probably just getting thrown away, either because it's not an easily identifiable resin type or because of food contamination. Food contamination is a huge issue for recyclers (take it from somebody who used to manage a recycling center) because when the food bits rot, they not only smell bad, but they also can degrade the materials you're trying to recycle. That's probably why the one place has the "nothing that contained dairy" rule.

Where I live now, recycling is very limited, mostly due to the cost to transport the materials to reprocessors. If the recycling center can't at least make enough money to cover their shipping costs, it doesn't make sense for them to take it, so like others, I try to precycle as much as possible by not buying products in containers that aren't reusable or locally recyclable.

On another note, for an aluminum-free deodorant, I like the crystal "rock" deodorant. The one drawback is that it isn't an antiperspirant, so on hot days, you will have sweat spots under your arms, so I do keep a tube of the "regular" stuff on hand for days I have to give presentations, etc. Hope this helps!

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9/15/08 10:55 A

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I have it lucky, since I just take all my recycling to my dad. He has a free yearly pass to the landfill in his township, and they have a recycling center there that takes everything except #5 and styrofoam. So I just reuse all my #5 plastic, and never use styrofoam. Otherwise, I'd have to drop my recycling off once per month at my township hall: bundled newspapers, loose cardboard (but stacked), loose plastic (only #1&2, nothing that contained dairy). Then there's a drop off site 5 miles away where I could take most everything else except #5, but it has other stringent sorting requirements. Actually, the only place I know of around me that takes #5 is 40 miles away, at a commercial drop-off center. That's just frustrating.

As for Tom's products, I tried the toothpaste years ago and don't remember what it tasted like. I do however LOVE the mouthwash. None of that burning alcohol sting, and you can swallow it since it's all food-grade ingredients.

If you recycling program doesn't accept everything you wish they would, your next option is to look up earth911.org/recycling/
for township or county drop-off sites. If that doesn't work, just start reducing what you bring into the house, watch recycling codes on plastic so you don't buy products you can't recycle.

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/15/08 9:30 A

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I don't eat those but my husband does, not my menu ;)
I got on my city website and found more info on our curbside recycling; they take the basics but not everything. I just hate that the plastic peice on top of the razor gets thrown away or that little plastic seals around the tops of medicine bottles and stuff.

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9/14/08 10:41 A

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hee hee hee - well, now, the first step is to precycle/reduce: drop the ho hos from your menu! seriously, though, i always wonder about it when we throw everything recyclable into 1 bag.... who's the lucky person sorting thru it? are they really doing it?!?

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/12/08 11:10 P

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I have a recycling question. I know a lot of areas are really specific about the way things are recycled, mine is not, they only ask that you separate paper from plastic.

I was wondering how much everyone recycles and how you do it. I have been putting plastic in a plastic bag and tying it up and throwing it in the bin along with the plastic bottles,etc. but are you recycling the plastic wrappers off of your hohos, etc? what about the little paper the hohos sit on? I want to be nit picky about this and recycle everything that I possibly can, which is why I'm asking these questions.

Right now I have paper bags I'm putting all my paper products in which is working out nicely.

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/12/08 11:05 P

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Thanks! I like the Tom's toothpaste and want an aluminum free deoderant but am leary.

I've seen baby socks turned into coin purses but my feet are a little big for that. The cleaning idea is great, hadn't thought of that!



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REDHOTDIVA's Photo REDHOTDIVA Posts: 1,486
9/12/08 11:27 A

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I LOVE Tom's toothpaste! The "normal" toothpastes taste sickeningly sweet to me, but Tom's makes my mouth feel nice & minty clean!

Single socks make awesome recycled cat toys. Fill with some shredded paper and a little catnip and tie a knot in the top. They look a little strange, but they make kitties happy!

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Earth (4/22) ~ 201~Actual 203
Inside Out (5/16) ~ 192
Solstice (6/20) ~ 180
4th (7/4) ~ 174
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9/12/08 9:48 A

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I also use single socks for cleaning. (same for when a pair of socks get holes in them)

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9/12/08 9:35 A

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I bought and tried Tom's deodorant - HATE it! I think I smelled worse after using it than if I had not used it at all.

Love the single sock idea for dusting. I have small kids...I have saved mine for hand puppets.


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9/12/08 5:52 A

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I put a single sock over my hand and use it to dust with.
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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/11/08 10:59 P

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I will probably always have questions since I am so new to this but for now I have 2 to start off with.

1. Does anyone know what I can do with single socks? I found a website that reuses ties to make bracelets, wallets, ipod covers, etc. and didn't know if there was anything like this for socks. I was considering just wearing missmatched socks around.

2. I bought Tom's natural toothpaste and I was wondering if anyone else uses it, likes, dislikes, feedback about other Tom's products, that sort of thing.

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CHEVY_II's Photo CHEVY_II Posts: 377
9/11/08 10:54 P

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I have questions and I want answers and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I went through some of the discussions but couldn't find a place where this had been started or subjects that I had questions about so I hope no one minds that I started a new topic where we can help one another with general Q&A.

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