Simple Ways To Go Green

5 Unique (And Fun!) Recycling Ideas That Take The ‘Chore’ Out Of Recycling At Home

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Does recycling sometimes seem like a chore? Having to remember what you can and probably shouldn't just toss out in a regular trash bin, knowing where those recyclable items need to be disposed of, and figuring out where to recycle fluorescent lightbulbs and CFL lightbulbs. Whew, goodness! Recycling is starting to sound a little overwhelming as I list all of those different tasks -- and those just barely scratch the surface. … [Read more...]

Popular Air Purifying Plants: 10 Best Indoor Plants That Clean The Air While Improving Your Home Decor

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Did you know that indoor plants can clean the air and make the environment inside your home healthier? Plant-filled rooms contain up to 60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants. Source NASA studies have confirmed that houseplants have remarkable air-cleansing capabilities. Just 1 potted plant located every 100 square feet can make a difference in the air quality inside your home. … [Read more...]

Green Lunches: 4 Simple Ways To Enjoy Eco-Friendly Meals On The Go

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When noon comes rolling around, lunchtime has come a-calling for me. I’ve heard about green lunches and all, but until lately am not sure I’ve been the most environmentally friendly fast food luncher. I’m the self-professed American prince of the fast food restaurant; I’m sure there’s got to be a fast food king somewhere, but I’ve not been to the West Coast yet, so I’ve not had the chance to try all of the drive-thru restaurants in the U.S. yet.  Hello, In-N-Out Burger and Jack in the … [Read more...]

30 Fun Ways To Reuse Gift Wrap: Creative, Practical & Downright Crafty Ideas For Reusing Wrapping Paper

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Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or meandering through the wintertime holiday season, if you’re surprising loved ones or friends with gifts, then your shopping list most likely includes gift wrap. That may beg the question: how can you reuse gift wrap? Why would you even want to reuse gift wrap? Think of it this way: in addition to being expensive (you can easily spend up to $10 per roll these days for fancy wrapping paper), wrapping paper also consumes a lot of natural resources, … [Read more...]

Fun New Uses For Old Photographs: 3 Creative Ways To Reuse Your Old Photos

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Ever thought about how to recycle or reuse old photos? Not only am I a history buff, but I also have authored a 128-page pictorial history book about my hometown. So – as you might imagine – old photos are something I take very seriously! When I was compiling the more than 200 photos for my history book, I met with dozens of community figures, many of whom are descendants of the pioneers who helped to establish my community. Many of these folks had incredible, early photos of the area. … [Read more...]

3 Unique Ways To Reuse Plastic Garden Pots Inside Your House

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I’ve got a little bit of a green thumb, so I tend to wind up with a bunch of plastic pots from the nursery that just got stacked in a rear corner of my garden shed. I started scratching my head on ways that I could reuse those plastic garden pots -- because I wanted to make more space in my very cramped storage area, but didn’t want to put all of those pots in the trash. … [Read more...]

Reusing Old Bedding: 4 Fun & Practical Ways To Reuse Bed Sheets

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If you’re like me, you probably have about a half-dozen old bed sheets that haven’t seen the light of day for years. I've been trying to find some creative (and practical) ways to reuse those sheets -- some of which have a few small holes and tears, or the occasional bleach stain or two. Sure, you may wonder why I don’t just toss out those old sheets. But, the “waste not, want not” adage that rang through my ears during my youth from dear grandma and mom has dissuaded me in my adulthood … [Read more...]

How Going Green Saves Money: 5 Simple Money Saving Green Tips That Worked For Me

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A lot of people think that going green means investing in expensive solar panels and recycling machines. That is absolutely not true. I’ve tried out small things that did not cost me huge amounts of money and, in return, I’ve managed to save a lot more money. Following are some simple things that I did around the house and some sensible decisions I made when it came to big purchases -- like buying a car, for example. … [Read more...]

How To Save Water In The Bathroom: 3 DIY Ways To Avoid Wasting Bathroom Water

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If you were to ask someone back in the day the best way to conserve water in the bathroom, the most common answer would probably be: "Turn off the faucet when you're brushing your teeth!" And yes, that's true – we waste tons of water if we let the faucet run while we're scrubbing our pearly whites. At the same time, there are even more ways to cut back on our H2O usage and conserve water, energy, and cash all at the same time. Although these are not technically brand-new ideas, not many … [Read more...]