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Reusing Your Trash

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Here are some ideas on how to reuse your trash:

Turn old cards into postcards or gift tags. I bought a stencil kit years ago from Currant and I trace shapes onto the cards, then cut them out. I then punch holes into them and string them into the packages. I mostly use them at Christmas.

I just starting doing this this weekend. I took an old baby wipe container and put my plastic shopping bags in it. Make sure to fold them neatly so they pop out like wipes normally would when you remove them. ( I try not to have the plastic, but sometimes I forget my totes.)

Yogurt and cream cheese containers are excellent for making sandcastles or playing in the water. Savannah loves to pour water from one container to the next.

Aluminum cans can be used as noise makers for kids bikes. My son takes a can and runs over it with his bike. The can stays on the wheel and makes a motorcycle noise. He loves doing this!

Glass jars can be used to organize screws, nails, picture hangers. We have several baby food jars in the garage holding nails and screws. My mom used to to give us baby food jars to catch lightening bugs up north.

Use carpet remnants as doormats. A year ago, we had new carpet put in on our porch. We used a piece under the grill to catch spills. When we got new carpet in the house I put an extra piece under the shoe basket to keep the tile a little more clean.

These are just a few I could think of. Does anyone have other ideas? I love reducing our trash!

Printcopia Canvas Print (giveaway)

Printcopia Canvas Print

Before we moved almost two years ago I always took my children to get their photos done together at the mall. I have some really awesome framed photographs of my children. But since the move it took me awhile to find some place affordable to their pictures taken. I found a neighbor that does photography part time and she took the kids to the beach for a photo shoot.

Now that I have all these pictures I wanted to do something different with them than just printing and framing. Printcopia emailed me and asked if I wanted to try out their Canvas Prints for free and let you all know how I liked it. Of course I said yes! This was what I was looking for. Canvas prints are really pretty and give a 3D effect to your pictures.

I was able to get the 11×14 size which normally retails for $78.78 but right now they are 25% off. You can choose two different thicknesses. I chose the stand thickness. You can upload from your computer or one of your social networks. The next step in ordering is how to wrap the canvas. See my picture above – I had them image wrap so the image wraps around the frame. You can also mirror image or choose a color for the boarders.

Canvas Print

You then can choose weather to have a standard wall hanger or a canvas stand. I knew I wanted this on my wall so I chose the first option. Printcopia only uses non-toxic and eco-friendly inks and all their canvas are made in the USA. If you are not satisfied they also offer 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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I was very impressed by them. The canvas material is thick and looks very durable. I love the print and think it will last a long, long time. I had a perfect spot between the kitchen and dining room. I love it!

Get a 50% off promo codes right now at: http://www.printcopia.com/coupon-codes

acrylic prints

Printcopia also has many other services to choose from. IN addition to canvas they also offer traditional prints, framed prints, panoramic, acrylic and wall decals. I would love, love to try their acrylic prints with one of pictures from that photo shoot. And would think this wall decal below would great in my living room!

Printcopia Wall Decals

Printcopia has other related sites where you can purchased custom items –  www.buildasign.com and www.alliedshirts.com.

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Be Green This Holiday Season! #greenliving

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Everyone is busy during the holidays and there is so much to do. However take a moment to consider what you can do to make a difference on our environment. During the holidays, Americans create an extra million tons of waste each week and we boost our energy consumption by 27%. We purchase over 2.6 billion holiday cards and half of the paper Americans consume yearly is used to wrap and decorate products.

Below are some simple things we can do to help reduce our impact and protect our natural resources or our children and generations to come:

* Recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it out for curbside recycling. Please remove decorations and tinsel beforehand. Or you may be able to take it to a local mulch company to be recycled into mulch. One year, we took ours in and received a free bag of mulch in return.

* During the year, collect paper goods that you can later use for wrapping. I have tons of brown packing paper that I smooth out and stamp. It looks so pretty! You can also get creative and use the comic pages, old maps or re-use gift bags.

* Save boxes you might get in the mail or from products and use them instead of buying boxes. I love doing this! I might put a gift card in a odd shaped box. My mom uses food boxes and  cereal boxes. They are great for clothes or movies.

* Recycle or re-use all he paper and boxes used for the gift you receive.

* Don’t forget all the plastic containers that come with all those toys. That can all be recycled.

* Give gifts that require little or no packaging and consider the durability of a product before buying it. Buying cheaper items often mean they will wear out faster. Personally, I asked my mom to no longer buy dollar store items for my children. I’d rather her out that money into a movie or books that my children will more out of and last longer.

* Purchase LED lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional lights. I still have some traditional lights but all w lights purchased are LED.

* Eat up all those leftovers from all those holiday celebrations! More food goes into the garbage during the holiday than any other time of the year.

 

 

                                                                                What do you do to be green at this time of year?

 

Reducing our Carbon Footprint: It is Working?

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There are a variety of simple and not-so-simple things we can do to effectively reduce our carbon footprint. Some large projects such as dealing with wastewater require professional solutions.  Making minor modifications to our daily lives is something everyone can do to make the world a better, cleaner place.

Industrial Water and Wastewater

Industries such as power generation, oil and gas, minerals and metals, food and beverage and pulp and paper create wastewater that needs efficient and cost-effective solutions. Finding the right company to provide the right solutions is critical. Case studies have shown that it is possible to deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly Wastewater treatment plant that minimizes environmental impact by recycling and treating cooling water which ensures low water consumption and that no contaminants reach local waterways after use.

Car

Don’t drive with such a heavy foot. Accelerate slowly, drive the posted speed limit and anticipate stops and starts. Published studies have shown that up to 30% of the difference in miles per gallon can be attributed to how a car is handled while driving. Make sure your car receives recommended maintenance updates so it runs efficiently. Keep tires inflated to the recommended levels and this alone can save 400-700 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Buy a green vehicle, one that’s fuel-efficient or even electric.

Travel

Much of our carbon emissions can be reduced from our daily travels around town by giving our movements deliberate thought. Consider carpooling with the neighbors or saving up all your errands to run one day per week instead of running to the same store for things multiple times per week. Walk short distances instead of driving two blocks to get milk. If you own a bike, use pedal-power to get around town. See if you can work remotely from home a few days per week instead of commuting to the office every day.

Flights

Consider if it’s possible to combine multiple out-of-town trips and schedule meetings with more than one client when you’re away. Nonstop flights are better for emissions than ones with multiple stops. Stay at hotels that make efforts to be environmentally friendly and, while there, refuse daily towel replacements to save water.  Use the same towel for the few days of your stay.

Home

As appliances need replacing get Energy Star rated ones.  Compact fluorescent light bulbs save two-thirds of the energy of a regular incandescent bulb and can give you $40 plus in savings over its lifespan. Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, and if you live alone consider flushing the toilet every other time. When the need arises consider replacing windows with Energy Star rated ones.

Wedding

Use invitations made from recycled materials. Instead of having large flower centerpieces consider simple, understated arrangements or even re-use flowers from your ceremony at the reception. Serve food that is local, organic and seasonal which guarantees lowered carbon emissions because of the shorter distances traveled to reach your guests’ plates.

Life

Only buy what you’ll eat and finish produce before it goes bad. The less that goes into landfills the less methane gas is produced. Buy local goods, which will reduce the negative impacts of shipping. Call businesses and get removed from their junk mail lists. Recycle those old electronics instead of throwing them in a landfill. Eat more vegetables and less meat. Vegetarians save 3,000 pounds of carbon monoxide or more each year compared to meat eaters.

So there are many ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint in daily life. As to whether it’s working, perhaps only time will tell. All we can know for sure is that every little helps and by making a few changes in your daily routine you can help reduce our global carbon footprint today.
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Save on Energy Costs with Best Buy and ENERGY STAR

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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For the past five years my family has been all about living and promoting a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. I’m not sure what in me changed, maybe my daughter turning one or reading more blogs and seeing what others were doing. Whatever the case it has changed the way we do things. We use less paper, recycle everything and encourage others to do the same.

Those are all great ways to go “green” but there is more to it than that.

October is Energy Awareness Month. It has been since 1991 when the federal government designated it as such. What a great time to go out and replace or upgrade those old appliances to new ENERGY STAR® certified products. Best Buy can help you online and in their stores. I love Best Buy! In fact my husband is on his way there now to buy a HD TV for my son’s birthday. It will have the ENERGY STAR logo on it to make sure we are doing our part. Best Buy can also help you with local utility rebates on the energy-efficient products. That’s right – you can get a rebate for buying smarter. Beyond savings from simply having energy efficient products, local utility companies provide additional rebates that can save you up to $300.  To find rebates available in your area, check out the Best Buy online rebate find here:http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Appliances-Promotions/Appliances-Eco-Rebate-Finder-Tool/pcmcat239700050034.c?id=pcmcat239700050034&ref=184&loc=01

Best Buy has more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR certified products available in Best Buy stores and online at http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/ENERGY-STAR/pcmcat149900050024.c?id=pcmcat149900050024&ref=184&loc=0

I love watching shows on  Green homes. We have a new home and the appliances are ENERGY STAR and is was built to be energy efficient. But I wish we could get solar panels. That is something I would like to look into in a few years.

 

What is ENERGY STAR? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. See http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index for more information. I was just there and found so many useful sites and information.

My husband just came home with this!

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