Green is where the Heart Is for January 21st, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:00

“The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.”
~Author Unknown

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Over the past several weeks I have had a lot of ‘thinking’ time as I tore through our home and store de-cluttering, cleaning out closets, getting rid of unneeded ‘stuff’ stored in kitchen cabinets and other hidden places.  It is as emotionally cleansing as it is physical and quite pleasurable even though muscles ache that I had forgotten I had.
The trick is to remove the matter from your space as soon as you decide to pitch it so it doesn’t weasel its way back into your heart.  I was happy this time to drop off donations to the Vintage Values Resale Shop located 5226 South College Road, Monday - Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 910.350.8918  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  They support the families of domestic violence.  A huge box of shipping peanuts was taken to my friends at Mailbox Express, 609A Piner Road in Monkey Junction and Staples, of course, took all my used printer cartridges.  When Zachary was here he removed the data from two old laptops we had stuffed in a closet.  I will be taking those to Best Buy. In 2007 the state of North Carolina passed an electronics recycling law that requires manufacturers of certain electronic devices to finance a system of collection and recycling opportunities for North Carolina residents. For more information on recycling electronics in North Carolina, please visit North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.
According to the Best Buy website, “Best Buy offers the most comprehensive appliance and electronics recycling programs in the United States, and consumers recycle more appliances and electronics with Best Buy than any other retailer. The company collects more than 400 pounds of product for recycling every minute our stores are open — no matter what retailer the products were purchased from. 
Customers can get rid of their old or unwanted appliances and electronics in several ways:
Recycling kiosks — Every U.S. Best Buy store has kiosks, just inside the front doors, to drop off ink and toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and wires, cords and cables, plastic bags and gift cards.
Recycling in-store at the Customer Service counter — Best Buy stores accept most electronics, with a few exceptions. Please select your state from the drop-down menu on to view program details for your area.
Appliance and TV recycling options — Best Buy will remove an appliance or TV free of charge from a customer's home when a new product is purchased and delivered by Best Buy. Or, for a fee, we can schedule a pickup with no product purchase.
Reclaimed product from Trade-In — If products cannot be refurbished or resold, Best Buy will ensure the products are responsibly recycled.
The products are removed from our stores, consolidated, and then delivered directly to one of our contracted recycling partners. From there, the recyclers determine if the product can be repaired, repurposed or recycled. To ensure all products collected for recycling through Best Buy are handled and processed responsibly, we partner directly with qualified and respected recycling companies. The recyclers recover ozone-depleting chemicals and other waste streams from discarded refrigerators and freezers. PCBs, mercury, used oil, refrigerants and insulating foam are properly dealt with through the best environmental practices available. Using various technologies, our recyclers dismantle the units, separating out the commodities (metals, plastics, glass, etc.). The recyclers ensure the reclaimed commodities are recycled and repurposed into new products.
Best Buy accepts hard drives and items containing hard drives for recycling. Customers may consider removing or wiping their data at their own discretion. In the case of hard drives on laptops or desktop PCs, customers have the choice to remove their data themselves, or they can consult with a Geek Squad® Agent about services we offer to remove the hard drive before handing the PC over to be recycled.
To remove the data yourself and wipe your hard drive clean of your personal data, see this video from Geek Squad ®. You are responsible for removing any data from your device before providing the product to us.”
Winter is the perfect time to clean out, keep moving and do things to make you happy.  I love it when my space makes me sing.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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