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SHOWING: Ribbon Recycle The “Ribbon Recycle” program minimizes waste and supports the concept of a circular economy. A circular economy refers to the use of a resource that may be consistently put back into circulation, from reuse, to repair, and recycling. For many competitors, horse show ribbons are prized possessions that represent distinct moments and achievements. However, this is not always the case. Ribbons are often collected at the ring to display in a barn’s setup, only to be discarded at the end of the show. To combat this waste, show organizers may place Ribbon Recycle bins around the show grounds for an easy return at the end of the show. Returned ribbons will be steamed, organized, and awarded at future competitions until they find forever homes with riders who will cherish the memories they represent. If you already have a large collection of ribbons that you no longer wish to keep, consider donating to a local camp or therapeutic riding program to award rider achievements. Green Is the New Blue is a non-profit dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of horse shows and other equine practices. They are persistently working to ensure a more sustainable sport and support a healthy relationship with our planet and all species, including our horses.

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