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Upcycling T-shirts into Bags

With the holidays around the corner, I've been thinking of some more green ideas for more eco-friendly gift wrapping options.  Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that there's a way to make tote bags out of old t-shirts.

Intrigued, I immediately looked online for instructions.  What a perfect idea -- reuse an old t-shirt, use it as a gift bag, and the gift recipient can use that bag for shopping -- so it can be used again and again!  I found this Today Show segment which instructs viewers on how to create a bag out of an old t-shirt.  You don't even have to sew.  All you really need are scissors, duct tape, and a stapler.  It's quick, too.

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Save Money, Save the Earth: Pocket and Eco-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner. Many homes are already embellished with different kinds of Christmas decor. Both young and adults are looking forward to celebrate Christmas season since it is one of the most festive events of the year.... read more

Being Environment-Friendly While Staying Healthy

Getting fit is perhaps one of the best things you could give to yourself.  After all the time and effort you specially dedicate to your workouts, nothing feels more reassuring than knowing that you are in good health. Nonetheless, as we aim for our desired physical build, it would also be great if we could simultaneously do this while protecting the environment. To stay fit while being eco-friendly, here are some easy tips to remember.

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Give Gifts this Christmas

With Thanksgiving wrapping up, it’s now the Christmas holidays that we can start looking forward to! It’s that time of the year once again when we express are love and appreciation to friends and family. However as we enjoy the season of giving, let’s not forget about our responsibility towards nature by thinking of alternative ways on how to shop and prepare gifts without hurting our surroundings. Here are easy ways to do it.... read more

Bathroom Renovation 101: Parts of the Bathroom that can Go Green

Green initiative has been widely promoted these days at home, workplace, schools and just about everywhere.

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As a way to support the go green advocacy, many homeowners carry out renovation with the use of eco-friendly materials. One part of the house that should be renovated into green is the bathroom. Unless nobody is at home, this particular room is used everyday. Thus, water and electricity consumption in the bathroom is pretty high. In addition, most bathroom constructed years back are usually made from not-so environmentally friendly materials. All of these facets of bathroom contributes to the worsening effect of global warming.... read more

School and Office Supplies: How to Use and Spend for them Wisely

Would you believe that every year, 14 billion pencils are produced? Most of them are produced with wood from ancient forests. Each year, Americans use about 31.5 million tons of printing and writing paper, which means that 535 million trees and 12 billion gallons of oil are required to make them. 

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Green Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Stay away from the hassle of waiting in a long queue just to buy Halloween costume for your kids. Instead of spending money on those ready to wear costumes, why not make your very own? Costumes do not have to be expensive. Most kids just want to wear a unique costume for the trick or treat.... read more

Youth Empowerment for the Green Campaign

Environmental problems have become adversely diverse and extensively threatening in the modern times. In the past, humanity was only dealing with a simple pollution problem but now the enormous world population, climate change, global warming, and many other serious problems are already endangering the Earth and every life form.

 

Scientists, environmentalists and experts have been working together to discover scientific breakthroughs and other methods to address the aggravating issues. Environmental organizations and concerned citizens are also doing their part to contribute in the effort to save Mother Earth. ... read more

Candy wrappers cannot be recycled

Candy wrappers are not recyclable. Now before someone jumps down my throat, yes they are reusable and upcyclable. There are a couple of places that collect and make stuff out of the candy wrapper material. TerraCycle does this. They actually have a program set up for candy wrappers specifically.

That being said it doesn’t mean people can throw them in regular paper or single stream recycling. The discarded candy wrapper won’t magically find its way with his other candy wrapper friends to their specific recycling program somewhere.

Most likely anyone reading this blog wouldn’t throw his or her empty candy wrapper in the wrong bin. Many of you reading this though, would be very surprised how often people do toss these wrappers into recycling bins instead of trash bins.... read more

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