Paper or Electronic?

Paper or Electronic

eReading is on the rise. With arguments about which is better for the environment, there is also the consideration about which is best for beginner readers. Smart electronic use, like unplugging items when not using to save power, combined with energy efficient gadgetry may make digital appear a better choice when placed up against stacks of paper made books. Although it is hard to determine just how much paper goes into one book, according to Paper University it takes about one pallet, or cord of uncut hardwood to make 942 hard cover books with around 100 pages. Though it appears… read more

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

Exercise – Love it or hate it, we all need it. Strollers are a perfect way to get around with kids in tow and get some fitness in, but what if you could take it up a step? Well the Longboard Stroller certainly does that. No it’s not for sale, yet, as it is still in the experimental phase. At this stage developers are tweaking the prototype, working on fine tuning specifications, looking at sustainability and partnering, as well as concentrating on safety features. Also being investigated is the notion of the Longboard Stroller as a means of travel. It… read more

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Pumpkins are favorites for pies, decorating and carving into jack-o-lanterns, but beyond these there are quite a few other things to do with them, even with the excess inside portions. Check out the following easy ideas for using up pumpkin guts. Saving the seeds and preserving them are a way to ensure that you will be able to start your own pumpkin crop next season. Simply rinse until clean, dry them out completely so that they don’t mold and store in an airtight container in a dark place until it’s time to plant. The seeds are also a popular and… read more

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Fun and Free Early Literacy Activities

Reading is a powerful skill, and though we largely possess the innate capability to learn it, the majority of us have to be instructed on how to do it. Without guidance and learning basic principles, reading mastery becomes much harder and more less likely. Helping children with their reading and providing them with resources is a great way to add some quality to their downtime. It also offers a way for them to explore new places, learn about life lessons and ecological concepts, all of which help them understand more about the world around them. The following are a few… read more

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Children love to learn more about the world around them. Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives. Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products. Learners are asked to think about solutions… read more

Old Tubs With New Uses

Old Yoghurt Containers

Do you enjoy a nice cup of yogurt? Are you a fan of Greek or other style yogurt? If you answered the two previous questions then we are sure that you probably recycle plenty of yogurt containers per year. What if we told you there is a bunch of ingenious ways to reuse them? Below are a few dandy ways to reuse those containers before just tossing them away. Small yogurt containers make great popsicle molds. Just wash them out and freeze whatever you would like on a hot summer day. You can also freeze the yogurt in them for… read more

Back To School On A Budget

Back To School On A Budget

The return of school means the onset of shopping for necessities and long days that require organization and durable gear. Get school ready with these do it yourself alternatives to store bought stuff. Backpacks to carry supplies are a must, but retail options are pricey. Also, the bottom portions of many are thin and not sturdy enough so pencils and playgrounds wreak havoc and holes begin to form. If you have leftover fabric or come across a textile sale and can work a sewing machine, try a homemade backpack. Complete with a side drink holder this one lays it all… read more

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

If you have a sweet weakness for fruit snacks or know someone who does, try making homemade gummies. They are fairly simple to make and only a few ingredients are required. Packaged fruit snacks can include genetically modified additives, chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and synthetic coloring. Most are made with only nominal amounts of real fruit, and if they contain gelatin it may come from a questionable source. Making your own allows quality control, and after experimenting with the following basic recipes you can come up with a tailor made favorite. Use easy to remove molds or a baking pan… read more

Phone Books Reinvented

Phone Books Reinvented

Even though the internet is widely used today, I still receive telephone books on my doorstep from time to time. One would think with all the technology at our disposal these would no longer be printed. If you do happen to end up with one on your doorstep here is a few inventive ideas on how to repurpose them rather than tossing them into the recycling bin. Paper bows and gift wrapping look pretty neat when used from old phone books. There are many DIY tutorials on the net showing the many ways to create inventive décor for your presents…. read more

Responsible Toys for Preschoolers

Eco-friendly toys

Many articles have been dedicated to eco-friendly gadgets and technology for adult consumers. There are also lesser-known solutions for children, to promote conscious living at an early age. One of the best places to find affordable ‘green’ toys is Amazon.com. Most of the toys on the list are either made out of sustainable bamboo, or were created using 100% recyclable material. Either way, these make excellent education tools on the importance of maintaining a responsible lifestyle. Explain to your children how recycling saves the environment by reducing landfill and keeping energy usage lower. The first on our list is a Green Toys eco-friendly… read more