5 Recycled Art Projects And Gift Ideas Using Old Magazines, Newspapers & Phone Books

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I walked home the other day and found a phone book at my door. As a kid, I actually used to read them for the advertising. (I had an interest in marketing.) Now, I recycle them. Come to think about it, I probably haven't opened a phone book to look for a phone number since about 2010. We have the Internet to help us find the phone numbers we want. But I always feel pretty guilty throwing a perfectly good phone book right into the trash. … [Read more...]

LED Christmas Tree Lights Are Cheap & Green – See For Yourself With This Free Holiday Lighting Energy Calculator!

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I love brightening up the holiday season at home with LED Christmas tree lights and other lighted decorations -- even if that means it'll cost a few more bucks (reindeer?) on the electric bill. And, hey, I don't mind spending the extra money on the power bill to light up the holiday lights because I really just can't imagine the Christmas season without seeing eaves lit up with dozens upon dozens of red, blue, yellow, green, and purple lights. But I've learned over the past few years … [Read more...]

How To Find, Grow, And Care For An Earth-Friendly Living Christmas Tree That You’ll Enjoy For Years

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Have you been wanting to try your hand at growing a living Christmas tree? It's more environmentally friendly than using a fresh-cut or artificial Christmas tree -- and it's fun! What's more, if I can grow a live Christmas tree, you can do it, too. You see, I live in Central Florida, where only a single species of fir and a small array of the common Christmas tree pines can grow. … [Read more...]

ReLeaf Leaf Scoops Make Raking Leaves Fun & Recycling Leaves Easy

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I spent some of my weekend raking leaves, which is something many of us have to do after our trees have put on their beautiful displays of fall colors. Even though I generally enjoy outdoor time working on the lawn, I find leaf raking to be a little challenging because after I'm done raking all the leaves into a pile, I have to scoop them into a bin so they're all in one spot when I recycle the fall foliage. So, you can bet that I was very glad when the company that makes ReLeaf leaf … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Car Wash Supplies + 5 Ways To Save Water And The Environment!

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Conventional wisdom says that an automatic car wash is the best thing for the environment. But I was wondering -- is there a way that I can wash my car DIY style and minimize water use and the disposal of soapy residue into the storm drain or the nearby pond? I've been washing my family's cars since I could hold a rag. I never honestly even gave much thought about the environmental impact of washing cars until I was already 9 years old and my hometown was subject to watering … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Foliage Recycling Ideas: Ways To Reuse Autumn’s Colorful Leaves At Home

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When autumn comes and the fall foliage begins changing color, that usually means its time to break the rake out and start bagging up tons of fallen leaves. Must read: 7 Easier Ways To Rake Leaves... And Keep It Fun! Many people just scoop the pounds upon pounds of brown, orange, and yellow leaves into big black yard bags and set them out on the curb in the garbage heap. But as I've learned over the years, there are many more productive things you can do with fallen leaves than just … [Read more...]

See Why An Old-Fashioned Push Reel Mower Is A Great Eco-Friendly Alternative For Mowing Your Lawn

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When summer is in full bloom, there are 2 things I can count on: I'm going to be complaining about the heat and humidity. (I live in Florida.) The grass on my lawn is going to grow ...and it's going to grow quickly! That's when I'll be pushing out my reel mower on a weekly basis to manicure my landscaping. I received my reel mower, a Craftsman hand-push model from Sears, for Christmas back in 1998 when I was a teenager. No, I wasn't forced to do yard work. I actually asked for … [Read more...]

Wildlife Conservation: 3 Unique Wildlife Tours In The U.S. That Support Conservation Efforts

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Recently, I wrote about ecotourism and how it can help fund environmental efforts. Now I want to talk about wildlife conservation tourism – yet another exciting concept designed to support ecology and conservation as a whole. Wildlife tourism is one of the most popular methods now for funding environmental conservation while also instilling among tourists a sense of appreciation and curiosity for animals and their special habitats. Think about it this way: wouldn’t you be a little … [Read more...]