Recycle, Reuse & Revelshine!

Tips for how to best recycle and reuse in your daily life

We know that drinking wine is not new or groundbreaking but being able to drink premium wine wherever you are is definitely a new concept. We know that glass not only limits the places that you can take wine but it also doesn’t have the infinite recyclable options that aluminum does.

Aluminum is a 100 percent recyclable and sustainable metal. Aluminum is one of the most recycled — and most recyclable — materials on the market today. Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today. Aluminum can be recycled directly back into itself over and over again in a true closed loop. 

The best part about the bottle is that once you have finished your wine, you can choose to recycle your bottle immediately or you can wash it out and have your own portable water bottle; the perfect size for backpacks, beach totes, and even can be put into any bicycle basket. 

For this reason, we have opted to put our premium wine from Sonoma County into aluminum bottles. Still meant to be poured and enjoyed, Revelshine wine is all about flavor without the limitations of where you can do a tasting. 

We have compiled some other best recycling practices for you:

  1. Reduce and Reuse. While it may not seem like part of recycling, reducing the amount of materials you use and reusing items instead of tossing them can assist in your recycling endeavors. Limit the amount of objects needing to be thrown in your bins and you will avoid being inundated by recyclable goods, helping you stay on top of the situation.
  2. Know What Can Be Recycled Curbside. It is easy to overlook items that can be recycled or to get confused as to which goes where. You should check with your service provider for specifics on your particular program, but here are basic guidelines.
    1. Paper and Cardboard: Paper of all sorts is acceptable, including books, flyers, magazines, junk mail, and colored paper. Avoid waxy papers. Cardboard can be recycled as long as it is not saturated with food and grease, as is common with pizza boxes. Remove liners before recycling cereal or other food boxes.
    2. Plastic: Most recyclable plastics have the numbers on them, often on the bottom, and one through seven are usually accepted. Many disposable utensils cannot be included, unfortunately, due to the low quality blend of plastics used. If you can easily crumple the plastic, such as with a baggie, do not include it in your recycling bin. Plastic bags are not accepted curbside, but your local grocery store may collect them.
    3. Aluminum: In general, all aluminum cans are accepted for recycling. Rinse out liquids, especially sodas and juices, in order to avoid an onslaught of bugs to the area. If you are tight on space, you can crush the cans.
    4. Glass: Most glass containers can be recycled. Rinse them prior to placing them in the bin and avoid breaking them. If glass shatters, it can’t be recycled since the mixing of different colors can contaminate individual batches.
  3. Recycle Water. Before you let your used water swirl down the drain, find ways to recycle it in and around your home. You can go as simple as pouring the water from cooking pasta directly into a flower bed, or you can make changes to your plumbing to allow you to utilize greywater. Greywater is the water throughout your home that has been used for a single purpose such as bathing, cleaning dishes or washing clothing. This water can be recycled to support your lawn and garden, keeping your landscape fresh and green in a less wasteful manner.

Rinse and Repeat. It’s recommended that you always rinse out any items and containers prior to placing them into your recycling bin. Not only will this avoid contaminating the whole bunch with food and other residue, but this will also prevent your recycle bin from smelling and keep any pests or rodents from poking around.

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