Fossil Fuels

At Home Plastic Recycling

Your DGB for today is to increase awareness about independent plastic recycling.

Precious Plastic knows their program is for the go-getter. They’re aware you probably won’t build your own plastic recycling machine, they just want to get the word out to people who might. Are you a young, childless hipster with some milk crates who would love to post all over social media about your new artisan recycling factory? Wonderful! Carry the torch for us all. If not, surely you have a few friends who fit this description, right? (Hint: they are already recycling used cooking oil to power their vintage diesel Mercedes.)

We have finite natural resources, which the Trump administration isn’t particularly interested in protecting. If they get their way, we may need to recycle old plastic grocery bags into medical equipment in the next few decades. Until then, you can create super cool one-of-a-kind stuff like this.


Reduce Your Fossil Fuel Usage

Your DGB for today is to do a couple of small things that can reduce your personal fossil fuel consumption. If all you Grabbers do a couple of these things, we can make some progress towards eliminating the demand for things like, oh, say, GIANT OIL PIPELINES. 

Everyone knows there’s a long list of things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. But let’s be honest, “bike or take the bus instead of driving” isn’t going to work for most of us in the short term. While you keep your eye on supporting sustainable infrastructure in the long term, you can make some quick, painless choices to help right now. Here are three simple things you can do in just a few minutes.


Maximize your gas mileage by as much as 40%

This is as simple as making sure your tires are inflated and adjusting your driving style. That’s it. Read here for more details.

Go full Jimmy Carter and put on a sweater.

Then turn your home heat down 2 degrees. Or, if it’s warm where you live, set your AC up 2 degrees. You’ll adjust and it will make a measurable difference.

Replace some disposable plastic items in your life with reusable ones.

Or if you’re a crafty Grabber, make them. Top targets:

  • Plastic wrap. Make some pretty bowl covers or invest in some beeswax wrap. On a budget? Save those glass jars and reuse them for food storage.

  • Sandwich and freezer bags. Here’s a list of places to score some cute reusable bags, or make your own with this 15-minute pattern.

  • Grocery bags. Increase the chance that you’ll actually remember your bags by using small foldable fabric bags that fit easily into a coat pocket or purse. (yes, they’re nylon, but they will reduce your overall consumption of plastic more if you actually have them with you in the store) or make one out of an old t-shirt.

A few small changes + a lot of Grabbers = making a big difference.