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Will Bike for Beer

Wend Magazine

The six-pack older shown above is made by Walnut Studios in Portland, OR, and although the designers state it was originally crafted to carry a mallet for hardcourt bike polo, they’re quick to suggest, “… we since learned that this useful item can hold all kinds of things to your bike – why not a six pack?&#. Finally, beer and bikes go together–better than ever before.

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Don’t Be a (Bottle) Sucker

Wend Magazine

And when they are used to create single-use items, such as plastic bottles and bags, they serve a short-lived purpose and, nearly immediately, end up in the environment. With all of that said, you don’t have to be privy to the environmental and health hazards of single-use plastics to understand that plastics, which withstand the test of time, need not be used by humans for a matter of minutes when it can be avoided. Click here to view the embedded video.

Sustainable Vintage Apartment Decor Ideas

Green Furniture Home Design

Visiting garage sales for furniture to use in your apartment is part of a eco-friendly lifestyle and is also an affordable way of decorating your apartment. Be careful when painting your walls and use ecologically friendly paint that will not damage the environment when it is removed. Used items from old businesses can often add a unique look to your apartment. Visit businesses that are closing and see if there are any items that could spruce up your home.

Jellied Eel Tub Reuse

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is probably the most often used item in my kitchen armory and I have only just realized – honest – that it is. This is a tub that once held jellied eel (no, I can't stand the stuff) which I got, the tub not the eels, from a roadside stand, the owners of which I knew, sometime around 20 years ago, and it has been in use ever since.

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Waylon offers a Tour of his eco House, Hotelephant.

Elephant Journal

Used items add a lot of stylish character to any project. Waylon gives a tour of his mindful/eco home. Buying furniture and building materials secondhand is better for the environment and a great way to save money.

Sustainable Bedroom Decor Photo Ideas

Green Furniture Home Design

By being aware of the materials used in construction, one can have a comfortable space that also remains ecologically conscious. When designing a room, consider using items that serve multiple purposes to eliminate the need for extra space. Reclaimed furniture can be given new life through the use of non-toxic stains, as well as being re purposed from other areas of the home. Use bedding composed of renewable resources such as soy and organic cotton.

DIY Tips Repurposing Scrap Wood In The Garden

Green Living Ideas

It doesn’t take much looking to find an abundant stock of scrap wood to use in a number of settings. Let’s start by seeing some of these reclaimed wood materials after they have made useful items and [&hellip. Start your list with this usable material, from shipping boxes and pallets to construction waste and old fences. The post DIY Tips Repurposing Scrap Wood In The Garden appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

The Headless Birder

10,000 Birds

But if someone next to me starts eating, that ruins the air-factor and then I do carry a sandwich or so… Also, if temperatures aren’t very high, I carry a minimum amount of water – barely enough for a sip or two before I use the rest for instant coffee. Mobile phone – something I have never learned to like, barely accepted as a potentially useful item. I have a bird guide in it, which I mostly use to search bird songs faster.

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10 Tips on Going Green as an Artistic Painter

Green Home Blog

High toxicity of airborne as well as trans-dermal lead and other heavy metal poisoning is one of the most prominent dangers when using various paints. These metals (normally used in paint production) are invariably washed into our water systems through manual and human waste disposal. Pour used solvent into a glass jar, let pigment settle overnight and carefully pour the recycled solvent into another glass jar. Re-Use Packing.

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Hosting an Eco-Friendly Super Bowl Party

Sustainability Ninja

If you really want to do the place up then try to use items you already have lying around instead of going out and purchasing a bunch of items you are just going to throw to the landfill the next day anyway. Buying your fruit, vegetables and other produce locally helps cut down on the fossil fuels that are used to transport the items across the country or even the world. Well, 2011 is here.

From disposable lighter rack to soap dish in 60 seconds

Green (Living) Review

In about a minute, using only a sharp knife and a safe cutting base, such as a chopping board, from something tossed into waste stream, a useful item can be created (if you don't just simply reuse it). by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Disposable cigarette lighters come to the retailer in little plastic racks/stands holding 50 lighters.

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4 Ways to do Your Bit for Sustainable Travel

Green Prophet

Some tips include using solar heating instead of electrical, switching to natural and organic toiletries and ditching the use of plastic. While on that dream holiday, try not to use single-use plastic. Try to repurpose the use of everyday items.

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Five Tips to Help You Organize Your Pantry

Green Furniture Home Design

Place Rarely Used Items Up High. This may seem obvious, but when many people first move into a home they are more concerned with getting unpacked than placing items on the shelves in the most organized fashion possible. When setting up your pantry, put items you only use once in awhile, such as the baking goods and tools that you only use around Christmas and Thanksgiving, on the very top shelf, and save the lower shelves for every day items.

Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

Green (Living) Review

It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?” Making do is about taming the reflex to discard, replace or upgrade; it’s about using things well, and using them until they are used up. Every glass jar was put to use as a storage container, for instance, and many an empty tin can also was reused for something or reworked into something else.

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Uses for plastic containers

Green (Living) Review

We can also not expect that the uses of plastics, for packaging especially, is going to go away soon and even so-called bio-plastics, biodegradable and even – supposedly – compostable plastics are still plastics and most will only compost, when it comes to the latter, in commercial hot composting facilities and not in Nature per se, and not even on your domestic compost heap or in a composter in your garden.

The politics of recycling vs reusing

Green (Living) Review

It gets crushed and then used not to make new bottles but inferior products, often road aggregate. Recycling is an industrial process that collects used or abandoned materials, and smashes, melts, shreds or otherwise transforms them into their constituent raw materials. It still has an impact by way of energy use, from collecting and transporting the recyclables, over breaking them down to re-manufacturing products from them. There would be no more single-use items.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What Do the Three Rs Mean?


Using cloth instead of paper towels to clean up messes, and converting old cloth into cleaning rags and napkins. Making homemade personal care and cleaning products, without using potentially toxic chemicals. Step #2: Reuse your items. Donating to—and shopping at—second-hand stores, either in-person or online, is an excellent way of keeping potentially useful items in circulation, as well as an excellent way to save money [4].

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4 Do-It-Yourself Upycling Ideas

Green Home Blog

However, many feel that more attention should be placed on upcycling which entails turning assumed useless materials into new useful products. It has been in existence ever since humans were in need of innovative applications for everyday used items when rampant consumerism was unavailable. When a mason jar has finished its use do not discard this classic design, turn it into a cool, upcycled soap dispenser. 4 Do-It-Yourself Upycling Ideas.

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9 Ways to Make Your Dental Practice Green

Green Prophet

It focuses on using items with one patient and throwing it away. Lastly, working together as a dental staff to recycle items used every day like soda bottles can go a long in improving your green practices. Setting the computers to go dark instead of using a screensaver.

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Wood Pallet Projects – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

He shows how to construct both indoor and outdoor furniture in a variety of styles, along with other useful items such as a birdhouse, a toolbox, and even a ukulele. There is also plenty of information in the book on working with pallets, including where to find them, how to process them into usable lumber, fasteners, sanding, and the best finishes (if any) to use. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wood Pallet Projects by Chris Gleason 128 pages, 9 x 7.5

Does Eco-Friendly Travel Truly Exist?

Green Prophet

This guide to sustainable travel has some ideas we can put to use without much effort. Many big cities now have access to pay-per-use transportation, meaning you can hop on a bike, pay for your time spent riding and then leave the bike for the next person who needs it.

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Public Reveal Their innermost Waste Worries


Consumers want to see greater reductions in packaging and more activity centred around upcycling where used items are turned into new products. Demand for new and easier ways to recycle is growing as research suggests that waste is a now a major concern for the British public. Food waste is also cited as a top bugbear and the public mood indicates that growing local produce could help overcome this.

Tackling Plastic Pollution: Facts and Solutions


Plastics are cheap, durable and versatile, and that has made them highly useful in product manufacturing and development. billion metric tons of plastic [1] have entered the world’s business and consumer supply chains, mostly in the form of single-use items destined for disposal. Because they are cheap and can be manufactured to precise specifications, plastics are the ideal material for single-use items.

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Retailer Buy Back of Unwanted Clothes?


Retailers could soon be paying cash for used items of clothing handed in by their customers under novel proposals detailed today. If adopted, such 'buy-back' schemes would go one step further than the Shwopping initiative launched by Marks & Spencer in April, where shoppers can hand over an old item of clothing every time they buy a new one in-store.

Why Is Recycling Important?


We need to return to principles of nature, where nothing goes to waste, where every bit of used material becomes a resource for a new cause. For example, the price of aluminum reaches up to $1,600 per ton [5] , and the value of precious metals used in electronics can be as high as $20 billion a year [6]. To manufacture plastic water bottles, 17 million barrels of oil are used each year. The scale of the resource extraction to produce daily used items is tremendous.

Making things (yourself)

Green (Living) Review

At times making the things that I want means simply adapting and improving something that can be gotten cheaply at a charity shop or car boot sale (thrift store of flea market for those in other parts of the world) or using items that have been thrown away, that is to say trash, or that have come from other sources.

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15 Strategies to Reduce Deforestation


Every day, we use resources that forests provide to us, such as timber, firewood, medicinal and edible plants. Use less paper. Use recycled products. 2 Use less paper. Globally, 40 percent of all timber is used to make paper products, and the demand for paper increases by two to three percent every year [3]. More than 30 percent of wood used by paper mills in Indonesia, one of the major paper producers in the world, comes from illegal sources [4].

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam, perpetrated by big business on the citizens and municipalities to make us all feel good about single use packaging. It is a misleading assumption, however, to think that tossing more items in the recycling bin and fewer in the trash can make that much of a difference in dealing with the catastrophic level of plastic contamination that our planet currently faces.

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Cairo Festival for Recycling and Public Literacy

Green Prophet

One of the cornerstones of the festival was an initiative that encouraged people to bring old and used items with them. In the beginning of September Darb 1718, an art and culture organization in Cairo, hosted a festival to promote recycling in Egypt. It featured a musical performance by El Zabaleen (the Garbage Collectors), a local band famous for reusing old materials as instruments to play their music.

A Helpful Guide to Renewable Energy and Small Business

Green Prophet

You’ll receive power through the same power lines you’ve always used, you’ll just be subsidising renewable energy with every utility bill. You can decide to switch from a company that mostly uses solar or wind to tidal power or hydroelectric. If this isn’t an option, then going with a firm that uses less polluting power sources like natural gas is a good first step. There’s been a big crusade to get big business to adopt renewable energy.

DIY play sets

Green Earth Journey

( Photo source ) One way to save money, be green, and spend some quality time with your child is to work on a useful project together. The cardboard is doubled for added durability, and the design uses notches and grooves to hold all joints together. The table in the photo is covered with contact paper (for drawers and cupboards), but you could use fabric just as well. What DIY ideas do you have for using items on hand to make your own toys?

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Déjà Vu Decorating

The Green Samaritan

Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe Déjà Vu Decorating January 10, 2011 It’s a great time to visit consignment shops, Goodwill and Salvation Army stores now that everyone has made their year end donation. Vintage copper pots with sterling silver surface interior – Handed down from my French grandfather, PaPa Rene, who was a chef and used these in the ’40-’50′s.

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Why upcycling must become an economic sector

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling is, in general, the process where (at least) some of the shape and properties of the original waste product are retained – though not always, and we will come to that later – and where another useful product is produced from it. Though at times it might also (just) be a decorative item or a piece of art. Ideally, however, upcycling should be about turning an item of waste into a useful item and product rather than a work of “art”.

Survival Kits

Green (Living) Review

Regardless as to whether they are the commercially assembled and sold ones or the instructions that are given to assemble your own “survival kit” most of them are totally and utterly useless and a waste of time and money, and in addition to that most of the kits that are cheap contain items that are of inferior quality and thus make the kit more useless still. A really good small kit even costs you a great deal more and it will be but a few, but quality and really useful items.

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Festival in Cairo Promotes Recycling and Public Literacy

Green Prophet

One of the cornerstones of the festival was an initiative that encouraged people to bring old and used items with them. In the beginning of September, Darb 1718, an art and culture organization in Cairo, hosted a festival to promote recycling in Egypt. It featured a musical performance by El Zabaleen (the Garbage Collectors), a local band famous for reusing old materials as instruments to play their music.

Landfills Shouldn’t be Laundry Piles: We Are Tossing WAY Too Much Clothing

Eco Chic

On April 22, 2016—just in time for World Recycle Week and Fashion Revolution Week— Savers/Value Village , the used clothing chain with a purpose, unveiled an installation in Seattle, Rethink Reuse that highlights the collective impact of our used clothing on the environment. The installation addresses our need to buy clothes that last, clothes that are used, and to donate our used clothes in order to alleviate our landfills and the environment from the burden of our waste.

Freecycle Cairo: Who Says There’s no Free Lunch?

Green Prophet

Okay, so maybe you won’t get a free lunch, but if you become part of a small but growing number of people who are members of Cairo’s Freecycle Network , you could get a toaster, a couch, cutlery, couches or even lightly-used clothes – for free. “When I decided to donate all my houseware items to other expats in Cairo, I received emails from people telling me how great it was that I started a freecycle.

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10 Things You Never Thought You Could Recycle

Green Earth Journey

Even your most worn-out household items can find new homes. Sell used items on eBay or Craigslist , or give them away through your local freecycle. Items donated to qualified charitable organizations can be taken as a tax deduction. Here are some specific ways to recycle 10 surprising items: 1. To recycle large, molded chunks of EPS used to cushion televisions, air conditioners and such, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers.

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10 Examples of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources


But since then, we have crossed the threshold of the sustainable resource management, and began using more resources than one planet Earth can possibly provide. We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one. All resources and ecosystem services we had used in the remaining four months of the last year collectively add to the debt. Our planet receives in a single hour the same amount of energy from the sun that the entire world’s population uses in one year!

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The Rs and the U

Green (Living) Review

Reduce : Just use and buy less. When it comes to food and food waste use everything and leftovers are used the next day. Oh, and guess what, reusable cutlery, plates, cups and such are meant to be washed after use and used again. Reuse also must include not just continued use of what we have but reusing and repurposing items of waste such as glass jars and much more. Though at times it might also be a decorative item or a piece of art.

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France’s new ban on plastic throwaways should be extended globally

Green Prophet

Arash Derambarsh, a municipal councillor for the commune of Courbevoie in Paris, has called for the ban on single-use plastics to be implemented across Europe. The law requires all plastic single-use items to be made from biologically-sourced materials that can be composted after use. In 2014, Jordan announced plans to ban plastic bags and wraps used in food sales, but two years on there is little evidence of policy enforcement.

Talking Trash.Earth Day and Every Day

Green (Living) Review

Whether it's designing a complete interior with recycled items, making decorative art, unique gifts or useful house items, the Goddess makes recycling easy, inexpensive and fun. She has received national recognition for using recycled materials and re-use items to create attractive and appealing home and office décor, furniture and accessories and for her dedication to teaching people, including children, how easy it is to recycle and re-use almost anything.

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