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Recycle old school binders for discount at Staples

For the second year in a row, Staples is offering a back-to-school deal on binders that will save you money and do your small part to help save the planet.

Score a free reusable lunch tote for the kids


Hey parents, here's an offer that will save you money and help teach your kids a lesson in environmental awareness at the same time.

Skip the brown paper bags and the plastic sacks, and send your kids to school with an eco-friendly lunch tote that can be used over and over again. It's free -- courtesy of Annie's Homegrown.

The lunch bag, made of 100 percent recycled cotton, is free with the purchase of two products from Annie's Homegrown, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield or Honest Kids.

See what a nickel can buy, and help save the planet, too


Binders for 50 cents. Card stock for a dime. Packages of stickers for a quarter.

The deals are plentiful at the Cary Creative Center, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce the amount of trash headed to the landfill and educate folks to look at trash in a more creative way.

And that's just for starters.

The center, located at 155 Wilkinson Ave. in downtown Cary, has seemingly endless spools of ribbon and boxes of colorful envelopes and notepads. There's yarn and plastic wrap, report covers and poster board, fabric and mailing tubes.

On any given day you never know what you might find, said Betsy Dassau, the volunteer director of Cary Creative Center.

Anyone interested in a giant clam shell measuring 12 inches across?

You're too late for that one but how about a full-size chaise lounge fashioned from construction tubing? "It's so architecturally interesting because the ends of the tubes are open," Dassau said.

Prices at the center start at a nickel. The most expensive item right now is a vintage lamp for $35.

Goodwill opens new store in Holly Springs

A new Goodwill store opened today, July 12, in Holly Springs, the 36th store for Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina and the second store in Holly Springs.

Located at 925 Avent Ferry Road, the store opened with shoppers "lined up around the building," Goodwill spokeswoman Becky Lytle said.

Recycle old school binders for discount at Staples

Staples is offering a back-to-school deal on binders that will save you money and do your small part to help save the planet.

Bring in an old beat-up binder for recycling and get $2 off on any new binder.

Trade in your old CDs for an Amazon gift card

Here's a new option for turning your clutter into cash. is now offering to buy your old CDs.

Let the big cats have a new toy - your Christmas tree

Want to put your old Christmas tree to good use than just recycling it? Here's an unusual way to reuse it — donate it to the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro.

Chapel Hill to collect trees, wreaths for mulching

Chapel Hill will pick up Christmas trees and wreaths for mulching during regular yard waste collection.

Decorations, tinsel and wire must be removed from trees and wreaths before being placed at the curb with other yard waste. Apartment complex residents should place trees in areas designated by property managers.

Resolve to make your life a little greener

Do you want to lessen your impact on the environment? No matter your living situation, there's a little something all of us can do to be a bit greener in 2012. Just adopting one new green habit can make a difference. Here are some tips to help get you started:

Get $50 & free pickup of your old fridge or freezer

Do you have a spare refrigerator or freezer that's taking up valuable space? Progress Energy is offering a rebate incentive program to help you get rid of the old appliance that's running up your power bill.

The Progress Energy Appliance Recycling Program will pay you $50 for an old refrigerator or freezer. Any Progress Energy customer with a valid account number can participate in the program, and there is a limit of two appliances recycled per account per year.

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