Green Anniversary Gift Ideas: Traditional Anniversary Gifts With An Eco-Friendly Twist

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A while back, I wrote a post about green anniversary gifts and the one that I gave my love during our first anniversary – poo paper.Well, it was our paper anniversary!Not only did she love the green anniversary gift, but it has since inspired me to think of other green alternatives to the traditional anniversary gifts that romance experts – and greeting card companies – say we should give to our better halves during a special occasion like an anniversary.  … [Read more...]

Recycling A 1980s Kitchen: Green DIY Ideas To Make An Old Kitchen Look (Almost) New

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My fiancée and I just began renting a condominium in Central Florida. We are thrilled to have found a bargain in a great community, but the old 1980s kitchen we are inheriting as tenants of this condo has us feeling like we are living in a time capsule direct from the decade of our births.Our condo was built in 1982, and – let me tell you – this place leaves many clues that it was built in the early 1980s:Brass lighting fixtures with smoked glass globe lighting Dark gray HVAC register … [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...]

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...]

Computer DIY: How To Remove An Old Hard Drive & Use It As An External Hard Drive

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Ever wondered how to recycle hard drive parts from your computer?I had to find this out for myself after a very sorrowful incident one night.I had a mug of coffee in one hand and my trusty Dell laptop computer on my lap. I went to take a sip from the mug of coffee, and my right elbow seized up (probably a cramp due to overworking at the computer).Well, let’s just say the computer was about to see its last moments as a functioning piece of equipment, as the cup then titled, and I … [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...]

4 Cool Ideas For Recycling Glass Insulators From Telephone Poles And Power Poles

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Remember when telephone poles had colorful glass insulators atop their cross arms?These days, most telephone poles have either silicone or ceramic insulators, and many people are recycling the obsolete glass insulators as communications and power companies continue updating aging lines.Old insulators, which are bell shaped and used to suspend phone lines and power lines from supporting poles, have long been a popular item to collect -- especially among many who grew up seeing vivid … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways To Go Green While Driving In Your Car

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Everyone’s going green these days -- even in the car.The rise of flex fuel, environmentally friendly cars has helped millions of Americans go the extra mile in keeping our planet a little greener.While I’m trying my best to stay eco friendly, I don't currently have the financial means to go buy an electric vehicle, and frankly I love having ample horsepower under the hood to play around with.However, there are many other ways that I can be environmentally responsible without having … [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...]

Staying Green At The Office: 5 Ways To Adopt Environmentally Friendly Habits At Work

Adopting green office habits can be simple if small steps are taken each day. photo by Phillie Casablanca on Flickr.

Nearly everyone these days is trying to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and those efforts can extend to staying green at the office, too.Adopting more eco-friendly work habits -- even when clocking in your hours at work -- can be especially easy if your efforts include small changes that add up to green results.There are many little things you can do around the office to stay green while earning your green.Here's a green checklist of 5 simple things you can do to help … [Read more...]