Sustainable materials for every family home

Actor & Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. shares advice for parents on the best sustainable materials for your family to use and the benefits that they can have
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Sustainable materials for every family home

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The term "sustainable materials" can encompass a great deal. There's one great resource for sustainable material, it's called The Thrift shop. You can go to any different thrift shop and there are many different branches of that, of course, it comes in many different ways. And at a thrift shop, you can get recycled clothing and kitchenware and furniture and lots of things. Also, different newspapers have items that people are selling. Yard sales are a great resource for recycled and re-purpose materials. There's also something called "Free Cycle" where you can give materials or get them. If you have something, some wood that want to get rid of that you don't want to put in the landfill, you can put that in Free Cycle and you can get wood. So there's many different ways to do that. Out in the marketplace, in the more traditional marketplace, there's other ways to get recycled materials. You can look on the back of the product for the amount of post consumer recycled materials in packaging, let's say, or in a product itself, like paper towels or facial tissue or toilet tissue, those things will tell you how much post consumer - those are the important words - recycled material is in the product . Look for the highest when you want to get a 100%, if you can, and that's a very good way to go. Other things are like - my fence that I put up in my front yard and back yard, it's recycled plastic. A 100% post consumer, recycled plastic. Because it's a wonderful thing to put a bottle in a recycling bin, or to put a can in a recycling bin. That's like hitting a baseball in the bleachers, it's so good. But why, if you just hit a baseball in the bleachers, would you only run to second base? Run all the way home and complete a circle and buy recycled products. Now you really have that circle that they're showing in the recycle symbol, that little three-way movement by going all the way around. So, buy recycled materials when you're buying new materials. Go to thrift stores and yard sales and things like that, garage sales to get stuff, or go to FreeCycle.org and they have wonderful stuff.

Actor & Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. shares advice for parents on the best sustainable materials for your family to use and the benefits that they can have

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Ed Begley, Jr.

Actor & Environmentalist

Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Ed has moved easily among feature, television and theatre projects.

Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express, and a number of Christopher Guest films, including A Mighty WindBest In Show and For Your Consideration.

Other feature film credits include Batman ForeverThe Accidental Tourist and The In-Laws.

On television, Ed just completed Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, an HBO movie with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella. He also starred in the HBO movie Recount with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, and appeared in recurring roles on Six Feet UnderArrested Development and Boston Legal.

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