Recycling 101: Can I do it?

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We always said that recycling should start from our homes. While the entire process requires your effort and resources, these are trivial compared to the benefits it offers to you and the environment. It is a noble way to make a difference not only in your household but globally as well.

To help you get started, we come up with a short list of the most common household materials that you can recycle. With the advances in the recycling, people have more options now.

PLASTIC
You can see plastic in almost every food and product packaging. Unfortunately, this material does not break down and will take plenty of years to decompose, but it can be recycled to come up diverse products. It is essential that you understand the different types of plastic so you could learn your recycling options.

Some recycling centers accept a particular kind of plastic, so it is better to check your local center. It is also important to promote the use of recyclable and reusable plastic items. You will mostly encounter the terms PET and HDPE for bottles and containers. Plastic grocery bags have LDPE with high-density polyethylene. Mixed plastics like polycarbonates that are usually found in cups, egg cartons, and food trays are not recyclable. Thus, reduce the use of these products.

ALUMINUM CANS AND FOIL

Most of us drink beverages in cans daily. Although it is 100% recyclable, only 49% of it was recycled. As of today, there are almost 10,000 recycling centers in the USA that buy aluminum. It is a booming industry with $1 billion yearly revenue.

Likewise, aluminum foil such as food wraps and disposable cookware. The material can be recycled with a fundamental process: re-melting the item and molding it into other product. It significantly reduces the cost and energy needed in mining minerals to produce new aluminum.

GLASS
Just a tip, glass materials are recycled according to their color. Most recycling centers want glass products to be separated this way: clear, green and brown. Light bulbs and sheet glass should be separated since they have a different melting point and composition.

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Milk cartons and juice boxes are made of paper, but since they have an ultra-thin coating which is a polyethylene, they are quite difficult to recycle. Likewise, pizza boxes are usually not accepted in local recycling centers despite that they are recyclable. It is because of the food and grease accumulated in the box.
The same is true with most food containers, paper napkins and paper plates. Food residue can significantly reduce the value a recyclable material.

Shredded paper also reduces their grade, quality, and value. Printer paper and letterheads are considered high grade while shredded papers have mixed grade. While some companies only accept long shreds, others won’t take this at all. Thus, make sure of the requirements of your curbside collection service.

There are just so many things that you can reuse and recycle at home. You just need to research and learn the proper ways to do it.

Waste Management Information

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Although we are pretty much a virtual restaurant, we still are aware about the problem of waste. With that being said, we’d like to share this bit of info with our readers.

We should be concerned enough to know that poor waste management will result to generation of toxic by-products that have serious implications on human race and the environment. These by-products come in various forms and we can breathe or drink them subconsciously.

The problem with waste management is a global reality. Lesser amount of garbage collected annually were reused or recycled despite worldwide campaigns and advocacies. Hence, we should revisit waste management methods and how effective they are. That is why local waste management companies are vital to keep the community cleaner.
What’s the Problem?

Despite the industrial and technological advancements, we are still facing the biggest problem which is waste generation. Some common reasons include our lack of discipline, concern and cooperation. Most of us are still not practicing solid waste classification. Likewise, waste management programs tend to incur huge costs in terms of transportation.

While it is ideal that landfill sites should be closed to people to lessen such economic and environmental costs, issues like real estate cost hampers effective waste programs, regulations, practices and laws. Moreover, waste bins and waste storage facilities were mostly in poor condition.

Waste mixing is a serious issue as well. People tend to mix hazardous waste with non-hazardous materials or waste oils. This improper segregation of waste streams causes additional disposal costs.

3Rs

Perhaps, you have heard the word 3Rs which refers to the program Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Individuals, companies, organizations, schools and manufacturers all over the world are somewhat familiar or implementing this program.

Prevention is better than cure they say thus, reducing the initial consumption products will reduce the amount of waste we will generate. We can do it by avoiding packaging and make used of reusable items. It also promotes the use of repairable, refillable and rechargeable things instead of disposable items. Likewise, recycling is ideal to reprocess used and old stuff.

Recognize the Value of Waste Materials

Somehow, we are fortunate that humans nowadays are recognizing the value of every material they are using and throwing in the waste. This paves the way to the creation of C2C or Cradle to Cradle design also called a regenerative design.

This holistic framework aims to create systems that are waste-free and systematic that is applicable to various aspects of human civilization. Basically, it aims to produce products with components that can be used many times. The design is an efficient way to make us see how we are going to use the things that we purchase.

Ordering Food from Virtual Restaurants

Ordering Food from Virtual Restaurants
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You just got back home from work, and you are super hungry but also extremely exhausted. Cooking is definitely not an option, and eating out seems to take a lot of efforts. Or maybe it’s Sunday, and after having the night of your life, you just feel like you want to enjoy one lazy Sunday, doing nothing but relaxing and eating. In these cases, having food delivered to your place is without a doubt the best thing you can do for yourself. Food delivery is such a lifesaver for many of us nowadays. You can skip all the trouble of preparing the food in the kitchen (not to mention the cleaning part after). No need the hustle and bustle of going to a restaurant, waiting to be served and for the food to be cooked. You just need to make the call and the food will directly be sent to your door.

Now, the best news for those of us who love using food delivery service is that we have more and more options of food that we can order from home. With the latest technology, we now have what we call virtual restaurants. Virtual restaurants are restaurants without the dining place. Virtual restaurants are the latest trend in the food industry, and people are crazy about them.

Virtual restaurants are delivery-only restaurants. These virtual restaurants have no customers’ seatings in their establishments because they only offer delivery service. There is no dine-in option in virtual restaurants.

To be able to order food from virtual restaurants, you usually need to download these virtual restaurants’ apps first on your phone. You can see their menus, descriptions, and food prices there. You place your order via the virtual restaurants’ apps, input your information, then all you have got to do is just wait for the food to be delivered to your place. Really, all you get to move are only your fingers, and there you go, you will have something that you can feast.

Why virtual restaurants? What differences do they have from delivery service of those old-school restaurants? Well, most virtual restaurants really pay attention to the nutritional values of the food they sell. Many virtual restaurants emphasize on the freshness of their ingredients by using local farming products, organic products, and so on. And usually the food is cooked homemade style. Therefore, you can have the comfort of eating homemade cooking just about anytime and anywhere you want.

Not only that, these virtual restaurants usually offer more varied menu, sometimes even on daily basis. They are more versatile than conventional restaurants, so it will be much easier for virtual restaurants to adjust their menu to the trend in food industry, to the season, and to their customers’ need or demand.

Due to their versatility and practicality, more and more people in the food industry establish their own virtual restaurants. This means, we as customers are being pampered with increasing options of food that we can enjoy just by tapping our phone screen. Not only local food, but you can also order foreign food. Chinese food, Indian food, Korean, Japanese, French, Middle Eastern, you name it. There are so many virtual restaurants selling these kinds of foreign food, you will feel like you are in food paradise. Virtual restaurants make it possible for your taste bud to travel around the world from the comfort of your house.