Simple Ways To Go Green

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...]

How To Recycle Toys: 5 Fun Ways To Give Old Toys A New Life

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I grew up relatively spoiled, I must admit. Though I was raised in a middle income household, my collection of toys looked fit for a prince, and boy did I enjoy playing with everything in my room. However, as time rolled on, I, like all boys of a certain age, stopped pulling the wooden train sets, LEGO blocks, and Tonka trucks off the shelf.Eventually, I outgrew the toys that catered to my early imagination. Years later,as my closet space grew scarcer and scarcer, I decided I wanted to … [Read more...]

Green Resolutions: 4 Simple Challenges For The New Year

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I’m sure it happens all the time; I know it happens to me.New Years Eve arrives, there’s talk about living and eating better and being more conscious of our environmental impact, and then January second and third come along without resolve and the next 12 months aren’t much different than the previous 12.It’s like we ran out of gas before getting off the ground. That’s why when it comes to our health and well being, going green as a process -- instead of focusing on … [Read more...]

Green Shower Tips: 3 Simple Ways To Make Showering More Environmentally Friendly

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Green living extends to our daily shower habits.If you think about it, we use a lot of water and other resources when we take a shower each day.In fact, roughly 25% of indoor household water consumption goes to bathing:A 10-minute shower uses about 40 gallons. A bath takes around 37 gallons.I never even realized just how much water I was using bathing and showering until I took an environmental studies course when I was in college.So, as it would seem, living a green … [Read more...]

Recycling Clothes: 4 Fun Ways To Recycle Clothing That Is Too Worn To Be Donated

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When I’m cleaning out my closet (which is a task I don’t do as often as I should!), recycling the clothes I no longer need or wish to wear is something I do to try and stay as environmentally friendly as possible.Sure, there are many clothes that I will donate to shelters and charities, but my rule of thumb is this: if a piece of clothing is too worn for me to wear, it probably is for somebody else, too.So, recycling the clothes that have seen better days is not only the responsible … [Read more...]