Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: 9 Rules You Shouldn’t Break When Repurposing Items

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Will Bike for Beer

Wend Magazine

Finally, beer and bikes go together–better than ever before. With this hand-stitched leather carrier, you can now go on a beer run (or shall we say, beer bike) without grabbing the car keys or cramming the entire six pack in your messenger bag.

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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.

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.

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.

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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 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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. Reduce, reuse and recycle is a battle.

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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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Uses for plastic containers

Green (Living) Review

Milk jugs, of all sizes, can also be used as planters, for seed starting as well as for growing plants. Drill holes into the bottoms, and, maybe the sides, of the emptied and cleaned containers, and then use them for growing vegetables or invasive plants, such as mint.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. To manufacture plastic water bottles, 17 million barrels of oil are used each year. Globally, 40 percent of timber is used to make paper products.

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.

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.

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. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Wood Pallet Projects by Chris Gleason 128 pages, 9 x 7.5

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.

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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. Reduce your paper use when you can. 4 Use recycled products.

Making things (yourself)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I find it extremely satisfying to make things myself, for myself and for others, whether it is upcycling things from what others consider trash or whether it is making things from other source materials such as wood or leather.

2016 137

Déjà Vu Decorating

The Green Samaritan

To add to various second-hand finds , I assembled this quick “tablescape&# to give my kitchen and this corner cabinet a fresh lift for the new year using items that have “already seen&# a previous life elsewhere.

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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.

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.

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. And the same goes for other single-use, or perceived single-use, items of packaging, even for glass jars.

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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.

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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. Biomass can be also used to fuel our means of transport.

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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.

Survival Kits

Green (Living) Review

The great majority of those kits, whatever name they go by, contain first of all many items you never ever will have to use, and thus are but a burden to carry and secondly for a knife they often have a cheap, single edge razor blade included which is not just useless but dangerous.

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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.

2017 130

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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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.

28 ideas for hotel management to upgrade as eco, without huge costs

Green Prophet

guests can tell housekeeping to leave these slightly used items to reduce water consumption). Form an environmental committee to develop a green plan for energy/water/solid waste use. Housekeeping should use non-toxic cleaning agents and laundry detergent.

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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. The Goddess of Garbage never takes out the trash.

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Istanbul’s Top 10 Secondhand Clothing Shops

Green Prophet

Until recently, Istanbul’s secondhand clothing culture had been minimal, confined to costume shops, small racks in antique stores, and “eskicis” — old men wheeling carts of used items around the streets of the city.

Bosnian Walks 3,600 Miles to Mekkah

Green Prophet

Dr Husna Ahmed, the co-author of the 2011 Green Guide to Hajj told GreenProphet in an interview that Muslims need to be re-using items like water bottles and also thinking about what they can do beyond their hajj.

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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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