It's all green to me

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

As Spring quickly approaches, chances are you’ve already seen more green around. The shorter days of winter will soon be behind us as we enjoy longer days, more sun and everything starts coming back to life. The color green mainly symbolizes life, growth, nature, freshness, fertility, and harmony. It has a deep connection with the way we view life, including the environment, traditions, and money.

The Environment – Green is Nature, Freshness and Energy

Green is probably most notable for its representation of nature. Green signifies healthy plants, thus promoting the freshness of produce or an abundance of something natural. This has spun into multiple facets relating to growth, renewal, conservation efforts and recycling to keep things ‘green’ around us. TT&E’s motto “Recycling for a better environment” is based on this concept. We make efforts to have no negative impact on the environment. Not only to prevent pollution, but reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our natural resources.

To support this, we operate our facility with an eco-friendly shredder that is electric and water-cooled. But our efforts don’t stop there. Every year we sell millions of pounds of recycled metal directly to end users of recycled metal to make into new products. This reduces the amount of waste in landfills or metals that would have to be mined. We also utilize solar power roofing that generates power from the sun and returns it back to the grid. We’ve also planted 8,340 trees since we put in our system 8 years ago. How green is that?

Learn more about our green metal recycling facility »

Celebrations and Holidays – Green is Harmony, Life and Renewal

Green has an influence on a couple major celebrations throughout the year. One that first comes to mind during the month of March is of course St. Patrick’s Day. If you haven’t been pinched on this day, then you were more than likely wearing something green. This tradition actually has roots in Irish history, as showing respect for and honoring Ireland. It was shameful to not wear green and you would be pinched for doing so. As we all know, the tradition of pinching that we know of now relates to the belief in little green men called leprechauns that are sure to pinch you if you don’t wear green on St. Patty’s day. Ouch!

Secondly, the ‘hanging of the greens’ ceremony performed by Christians during the Christmas holiday involves hanging evergreens before Advent. Evergreens are used as a symbol of everlasting life. This relates to the idea of renewal and the fact that green represents living things (primarily plants) that grow and flourish – providing us with a symbol of hope.

Money – Green is Growth, Fertility and Safety

There are many references to green when it comes to our currency. The expression “making more green” is a popular saying to reference our green dollars. Green terms are used in financing and investing and are based off the age-old name of our paper currency the “greenback” – which got its name from the green ink used in printing. The ink was used as an anti-counterfeiting measure to prevent photographic knockoffs since the cameras of the time could only take pictures in black and white.

“Green investing” may come to mind and this ties in with the environmental impact that the color has on the economy. Socially responsible green investments (SRI) are essentially investment activities that focus on companies that are committed to conserving natural resources, the production of alternative energy sources and implementing clean air and water projects. Psychologically, green also represents security, luck and stability, so it’s no wonder that it ends up on something we use to represent value and fortunes.

TT&E can make it easy for you to make some more green! Just bring your scrap metal to us. We pay top prices for your scrap and promise a fast and efficient service from arrival to payment.

Learn more about making more green with our drop off services »

Green Sayings

As Kermit the Frog sings, “It’s not easy being green”, we can understand how being green influences his life as a green frog surrounded by green things. However, It’s easy for us at TT&E to be green every day. Green can have many uses, meanings and references to things in life, but we rarely recognize how influential it really is. Have you heard any of these sayings and idioms before?

  • Having a “Green Thumb” refers to having a natural talent for growing plants.
  • Green as a gooseberry” is an adjective for being young and inexperienced.
  • Green as grass” describes someone that lacks skills or is naive and usually pertains to young people in a new job.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side” depicts that people aren’t satisfied with their own circumstances or situation and they believe other people have it better on the ‘other side of the fence’.
  • If you “Look Green“, this could imply that you appear pale or sickly.
  • Go Green” means you have started living more eco-friendly and do things to protect the environment, such as recycling.


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