>Knitting a better world

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We just received in a really cool yarn, LOL from Marks & Kattens. It is made out of recycled plastic bottles. It is a bulky weight yarn and we have several bright cheery colors. It has a great price point and would be good for kid sized sweaters and hoodies.
 Recycling Facts:
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That is 60 million a day or 21900 million a year!
  • According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006, that number jumped to 28.3 gallons.
  • Plastic is easy to recycle – although few people do it.    
  • Today, 80 percent of Americans have access to a plastics recycling program.
  • More than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2008. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at around 27 percent.
  • Some studies show that only 10% of plastic bottles created are recycled, leaving that extra 90% to take up space in landfills and killing ocean life.
  • Plastic bottles take up space in landfills. Many coastal cities use the ocean as a dumping ground, resulting in depleted fish stock, polluted beaches, and other health issues for the inhabitants.  Plastic bottles make up approximately 11% of the contents of landfills.
  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
If you want to get some more information about recycling and living a greener life, please check out http://livegreentwincities.com. It is a great site with lots of helpful hints and events here in the Twin Cities area.
End of Summer Event
It is indeed the end of summer… to mourn (or celebrate depending on who you are) we are having a sale on cotton and linen yarns (includes blends) and threads. Just come in and buy any yarn or thread (excluding sale items) and get 25% off the purchase. It applies to in stock items only. The sale will go through the end of September. Stock up for next spring!

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