I saw this slideshow this morning and got to thinking how much I'd like to make my home both healthier and more eco-friendly.
We're just beginning to have those types of services available, and the region where I live is a leader in environmental matters. It pains me when I travel to parts of the country where even simple recycling is a chore.
It's wonderful that returned medication can be put to good use there. Unfortunately, it is illegal here. When the strength of my husband's asthma medication was increased, we were left with a brand-new inhaler of the lower dosage. It was inside two sealed, tamperproof containers, but the pharmacy was not allowed to take it back, even for donation.
Luckily, my husband remembered that his doctor had mentioned his wife used the same medication, so we gave her the unused inhaler.
Pharmacies here in France (drug stores, I guess), will ALL take in out of date or unused medication. It is sorted, and that which can still be used is sent to homeless shelters or walk in clinics. The rest is dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Also any place here that sells batteries also has a bin for dumping used batteries in, which are then disposed of accordingly.
We aren't perfect here in France when it comes to the environment, that's for sure, but there are certain things that have been set up, such as the recuperation of drugs and batteries, for some time now!
The slide show has some good tips! White vinegar has been in my cleaning arsenal for years. :smileyhappy: