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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]