Summer break is over and the Earth911 podcast gang is back! In today’s conversation, we introduce our new iRecycle 3.0 app and talk through how to build a better recycling information system. It’s also time to talk summer sustainability, including how to keep bugs out of the house and yard naturally, the best ideas for successful composting, how composting toilets can add flexibility to our infrastructure, and our recent guide to natural personal care products. And, as always, Earthling questions about recycling .
Evelyn Fielding-Lopez, Sarah Lozanova, and Mitch Ratcliffe kick off this week’s show with iRecycle 3.0, the newly released recycling search app from Earth911.com. Available for iOS and Android, iRecycle lets you quickly find local recycling options for more than 350 materials. With a few taps, you can find and map your route to a nearby recycler. The new iRecycle app is the first step in a broad set of improvements we will be making to the database and our efforts to make recycling easier and more convenient. Mitch shares a few details about our early experiments with on-demand recycling coaching and take-away services.
We turn from technology to summer sustainability tips, starting with eight DIY natural bug repellent recipes to drive off or kill roaches, ants, bedbugs, and more pests. Next, personal care products don’t have to be bad for the planet. Find out about hygiene alternatives including toothpaste without a tube, silk dental floss, and bamboo-based toilet paper and swabs, as well as how to shave like a planet-friendly expert. You’ll also get two takes on composting, in the yard and the bathroom. Sarah shares composting tips to help you get the right soil mix for a great garden and everyone had an opinion about the new generation of composting toilets.
Our Earthling Questions this week: Can I put my plastic flossers in my plastic bottles to get them recycled? The perennial question of recycling VHS tapes is on the rise as people move on to new media. Finally, how to recycle molded plastic and paper egg cartons and meat trays.