Recyclebank encourages green living with green giving
With the new craze of “going green”, it’s hard to tell who is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the planet and who is using it as a marketing tool. Luckily, online-based Recyclebank is focused more on actually enhancing the green movement than making a profit.
With a point system that allows you to earn discounts at local stores, it’s virtually impossible not to get in a clicking frenzy. Earning points will get you coupons to stores like Just Ripe, Three Rivers Market and Earth Fare along with discounts on green household products available in the grocery store.
“We started in an effort to reward people for recycling,” Marketing Manager Randi Desiderio says. “We come into their communities and partner with their local businesses. Once they earn their points they can shop our catalog.”
Recylebank has also joined with the city of Knoxville to bring curbside recycling to our streets. “We partnered with Waste Connections and we’ve had a great relationship with them,” Desiderio says. “We are in a few other areas like Alcoa, Oak Ridge and Jefferson City.”
Recyclebank’s focus is on educating the public about how small actions can have a big impact on the environment we live in. There are many easy ways to earn points, such as watching a video about how recycling centers work or how Pantene is making plant-based shampoo and conditioner bottles made out of sugarcane.
There are also a variety of articles about how the everyday household can make small changes in order to live green. Great tips such as how to cut down on food waste, what to do with your leftover cooking oil (apparently cooking oil is the number one reason for clogged sewer pipes) and how to winterize your home to save more energy are featured on the “Live Green” page.
Besides discounts at stores, Recyclebank has partnered with many environmentally friendly companies, so getting points can also earn you coupons for beauty products, flowers, home and office supplies and clothing.
Perhaps the best thing about Recyclebank is that they are focusing on each community and bringing great local businesses on board. 100 points can get you 20% off your entire order at River Sports Outfitters and 150 points will get $15 off a $75 or more purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
For a great night out on the town, earn 500 points to get a “buy one ticket get one free” offer from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. To really make the night complete, earn 50 points to get discounts at restaurants such as Boyd’s Jig and Reel and The Bistro at the Bijou.
While giving back to the community is important, education is the main focus of Recyclebank’s mission. That mission starts at a young age, and Recyclebank has developed a way to teach young children about cleaning up the environment through school projects.
Members get the chance to participate in the 2012 Green Schools Program, where you can donate your points to a school’s environmental project in exchange for a monetary donation toward that project. School projects range from developing an eco-conscious food supply to proper disposal of marine debris.
With the ever growing problem of waste and pollution threatening our environment, Recyclebank is making great strides in teaching people about easy changes to their daily life that will help cut down on environmental damage.
“It really is just that we want to let everybody know that small actions have big impact, and that means just recycling what you normally consume in your day to day life,” says Desiderio. “If it’s just your water bottle that you’re using, think about where that waste goes. The Recyclebank mission is to see a world where nothing is wasted. Simply throwing something away doesn’t mean it’s good for the planet. To do your part in keeping Knoxville environmentally friendly, visit www.recyclebank.com.