TAG: Reusable

Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Disposable dishes, like paper plates and plastic cups, are big money for their manufacturers, but they are also big on waste. One toss away product that may often be overlooked is drinking straws. Drinking straws became more popular with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, and their designs have subsequently become more readily available for home use. Some of the earliest known indications that people from other eras used drinking straws were found when an artifact from a Sumerian tomb was uncovered that was dated from around 3,000 B.C. According to family based business Simply Straws, 500 million plastic straws are thrown… read more

How To Fix Your Screen’s Stuck Pixels


Have you ever had a spot on your computer screen that only appeared when the screen was on, and wouldn’t go away? Chances are, your screen has a stuck pixel. Not to worry, however, as this is something of a normal occurrence, and is also 100% fixable. No more throwing your monitor in the trash, or selling your computer for super cheap on Craigslist (hurray!) Step 1: Turn On The Screen If the problem pixel is on your desktop’s monitor or your laptop, turn the screen on. Step 2: Display The Pixel  Navigate to a 100% black image. It can’t… read more

BYO Coffee Cup

BYO Coffee Cup

Starbucks has introduced a new plastic reusable cup that they are selling for only one dollar. It seems to be a hit among the Starbucks customers out there. It pays for itself quickly with the 10 cent discount Starbucks offers to people who bring their own cup. Customers also do not have to worry about losing or misplacing the cup since it is only one dollar. Starbucks put its eco-friendly idea to work in 600 Pacific Northwest stores starting in October. In November, Starbucks saw a 26% increase in the usage of reusable cups compared to November of the previous… read more

Turning Sewage into Paper


Can you imagine writing something on sewage? An Israeli researcher, Dr. Refael Aharon of Applied CleanTech, has developed a new system that is capable of turning stinking sewage into scentless paper. So how is sewage turned to paper? Domestic waste water contains solid substances in the form of food leftovers, used toilet paper and fiber from clothes as they are laundered. These solid substances contain cellulose which can be used for paper production after drying. Treatment of the solids currently found in waste water is a challenging and expensive activity for the effluent management industry. Dr. Aharon’s system can reduce solids… read more

Starbucks Reusable Cup

Photo Credit: Starbucks

Starbucks is selling reusable plastic cups in its stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starbucks is charging $1 for the cup, which will hold tall or grande drinks, and entitle the user to a 10 percent discount. Nearly 2 percent of its beverages are served in their customers’ own cups, a number it hopes to raise to 5 percent by 2015. An important component of our overall waste reduction strategy is the use of reusable cups. When Starbucks outlined this strategy in 2008, they set a goal to serve 25 percent of all beverages in reusable cups by 2015. Whether… read more

Reusable Bags

Reusable shopping bags

Reusable bags are becoming increasingly popular, displayed at checkout lines across the globe. Although we shouldn’t buy into an item’s ‘greeness’ simply because it’s branded with an earth friendly logo and a “you can make the difference” message, reusable bags do have good intentions and have resulted in a great reduction in the use of plastic bags (of which 500 billion to a trillion are still used annually throughout the world). However, the process of manufacturing reusable bags remains a bit foggy. This leaves the question of how manufacturing reusable bags affects the environment. Bags made from cotton, whether or not organic, require large amounts of water. While the… read more

Nickels and Dimes

Saving loose change

We’ve all heard phrases pertaining to “nickels and dimes.” And indeed much of ones income can be lost in small things. What seems minute one day quickly adds up. There are plenty of simple ways to resolve this, and in fact, it can be quite painless to save money. To start, evaluate your spending habits. Be honest with yourself in checking where the bulk of your money is being spent. With that completed ask yourself, “Do I need these things?” and “If not, am I willing to go without them?” If you thing you’re game, try cutting these things out…. read more

A Few Minutes A Week

Taking the time to be green

We know that recycling, repurposing and decreasing unneeded consumption in all aspects of daily life are no-brainers, and that using energy efficient products can help to save money. But do we really understand the impact such simple things really have when it comes to our financial and environmental wellbeing? The following are four easy changes that literally take less than a few minutes to do, but can really add up in long-term benefits: Unplugging unused appliances and electronics can seriously increase electricity savings. Even though they are not being used constantly when plugged in, they are still continually draining up… read more

Reuse Bulk Packaging

Recycle household containers

Constantly we express to people to recycle cans, plastic, cardboard, paper and even our fast food drink cups. Instead of recycling these materials why not make use of them in our homes. Bulk packaging is a major source for reusable containers. Do you shop at Costco, Sam’s Club or Price Club? Many of the containers you buy with the products in them are perfect for pantry storage. Besides, who does not like saving money on storage containers. There is probably 101 ways to organize your pantry with reusable bulk materials but these are a few of our favorites. Large popcorn… read more