TAG: Reuse

Reuse Old News

Reuse Old News

Are your old newspapers piling up? Before tossing them in the recycle bin, consider the many ways you can reuse newspaper first. Around your house, your garden, and even at school, newspaper can serve a new purpose. In your garden, newspapers can serve as biodegradable planters. Using a bottle as your guide cut a straight line down the center of a sheet of newspaper. Wrap the paper around the bottle and fold excess paper toward the bottom of the bottle. Next remove the paper from the bottle, keeping the bottom of the paper intact. Flatten the bottom with your fingers… read more

Reduce, Reuse and Share

Reduce, Reuse and Share

The concept of sharing is instilled in young minds through interaction and reinforcement. While learning to share seems like a childhood endeavor, it has resurfaced in the adult world in a far-reaching way. The sharing economy has been evolving, and it is now more possible than ever to share nearly anything. As people decide that it is beneficial to them and the environment, more individuals and start-ups are springing forward to foster the new sharing model. As reported by Forbes, a growth of more than 25% is expected this year across the sharing boards. Though this notion of anti-retail consumerism… read more

Cardboard – Reinvented

Cardboard – Reinvented

When thinking of sustainable materials that can be constructed into myriads of different items, things like bamboo may easily come to mind. However, cardboard is being used for some neat applications. It turns out that it is a fairly versatile option and can be artistically turned into some unexpected objects. Sustainably made furniture is important to eco-conscious designers and homeowners. However, cardboard may not be the first thing that pops up when considering functional furniture material. Ingenious designs by students from the University of Idaho make cardboard chairs that more resemble art-forms than cardboard boxes. The inventive products, which utilized… read more

eBay Giving Works to Charity

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In a consumer society what and how you buy products reflects your personality and your values. Whether you wear your friend’s old clothes or get creative making old tees into scarves, you are creating a second life instead of throwing them into a landfill and creating waste. Now there is a way to combine the desire to purchase and the desire to help someone else in the same transaction. If you have ever browsed eBay you may have noticed that some listings are a part of eBay Giving Works. eBay Giving Works is monitored by Mission Fish and allows 10-100% of an auction… read more

New Ways to Reuse Trash

Reusing household rubbish

Trash Backwards is a nifty website that works like a search engine, but alas, it is better. The main difference being: instead of typing in inquiries on current events you type in an object’s name and, upon entering, are given ideas on how to reuse it. Though there is a little more to it than that. Below the search box is no standard search button, but three different buttons to select after entering an item’s name. The first of these is the “Reuse It” button, which leads you to up-cycling ideas and their source websites, which contain a lot of… read more

Product Refill Stations

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Of the 4 million plastic containers used every hour by Americans, only 25 percent of it is recycled. The rest is destined to spend 500 years or more in a landfill. But in 2001, Minnesota based social entrepreneur, Laurie Brown, was responsible for creating a machine that would extend the life of product containers and reduce waste. A born inventor, Brown made a name for herself selling her own brand of natural cleaning supplies. After success with her own retail store, she opened her second store, Restore the Earth, in 2000. Having watched as customers reduced waste by returning their empty… read more

Donate Your Flash Drives

Donating USBs for charity

Flash drives are one example of computing accessories that are often left lying around. USB flash drives can be recycled, although only certain components can be salvaged. If still in good working condition, consider donating them to causes where they will be put to good use. Still usable sticks can be sent to Recycle USB where they will benefit children. Received flash drives are loaded with the Sugar Learning Platform which transforms them into mobile computer operating systems. This is a brilliant idea that comes to life at Sugar Labs, a non-profit supplier that works with another non-profit organization, the Software… read more

Repair and Reuse

Repair and reuse

Are you tired of breaking things and purchasing new replacements? Do you wish you had the skills to fix the item yourself? Do you live by the motto “Waste not, want not?” If so, then this article is perfect for you. Nobody likes shelling out money unnecessarily, especially if an easy solution lies within reach. Perhaps you didn’t think it was so simple to mend your sweater zipper, or unshrink your brand new t-shirt. Maybe your computer is so full of trash and garbage that you’d rather just wipe the thing and buy a new operating system. We’re here to… read more

15 New Year’s Resolutions

2013 New Years Resolutions

We are just hours away from the new year so it’s time to make promises about how we’ll better ourselves in the year ahead. Some resolutions are small and others are a lifelong challenge. More New Year’s resolutions are broken than kept every year, especially if they are not whole hearted decisions. Going green is a great way to start off the new year. Choose a few specific ways to green your life in 2013. Below are 15 suggestions to get you started. 1. Stop using paper and plastic bags all together. Start carrying at least one reusable bag with… read more

Useful Homemade Gifts

Homemade gifts

You don’t always have to do the retail-run-around to find the perfect gift. If you are leaning toward making your own presents forget unacknowledged crafts or misshapen knitted fare. Give a homemade gift that will be valued. Because of their functionality, these four handmade ideas will actually be used, too. Item Covers Book covers are not only for books. All types of covers can be made for various items. Technological gadgetry, work or home supplies or anything that can be fitted, can benefit from a protective cover. From the easier new sew variety to more complicated craft techniques, coverings can be… read more