How to: Save Big Bucks in the Bathroom

created at: 04/08/2010

 

The only thing you need to remember to save money in the bathroom is this: Don’t use so much. According to the Green Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager, we over-use all over the place. In the shower, at the sink, everywhere. Here’s some things to keep in mind when tending to our daily hygiene duties:     

Shampoo: The amount you need to use depends upon the length of your hair, not what the directions on the back of the bottle says.  Continue Reading

How to Recycle/Reuse Just About Everything

created at: 2010/02/19

From A to Z, Real Simple has compiled a list of stuff that can (or cannot) be recycled or reused. Some of the more unexpected ones….

Elmer’s Glue container recycling program with Walmart.

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, which recycles them into courts.

TerraCycle‘s juice bag recycling program–which actually PAYS for used juice bags and provides free shipping too. The bags are then turned into purses, totes and pencil cases that are then sold at Target and Walgreens stores across the country. Continue Reading

Incredibly Wasteful Food Packaging

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Julie over at The Daily Green News reminds us NOT to buy in individual portions with an eye-opening show-and-tell of some of the most wasteful food packaging available. Some of the products that have been individually wrapped for our convenience are actually laughable. Example: pickle-chip cups. Anyway here’s a quick rundown:

  • cheese packed in packages packed in packages
  • individually-wrapped prunes packed in packages
  • single serve packages packed in boxes
  • lunch food packed in trays packed in boxes

As you can see, the more times you can use the word ‘packed’ and its derivatives to describe your grocery item, the more wasteful its packaging. Continue Reading

Whole Tree Architecture

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Whole Tree Architecture is in the business of using what lumber companies consider scrap and incorporated it into beautiful architecture.

The ‘scrap’ is culled trees from the building sight, trees thinned from forests or trees downed by wind or disease. You can probably guess this practice has ecological and economic benefits, but it also has engineering benefits too. Forest Products Laboratory tells us ‘a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree.’ Continue Reading

Modern Desert Home

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This home in Pioneertown, CA was designed by architect Lloyd Russell. His customer wanted something simple. The ‘ultimate desert structure’ is made with recycled materials and features its own canopy that not only provides shade and shelter, it creates a passive cooling method too.

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The kitchen features a garage door, which opens the structure up to the world. 

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For more information about the project, visit Jetson Green. 

 

10 Eco-Cheap Items

You don’t have to sacrifice style OR your hard earned cash by going green. These products, all under 25 bucks, make great gift ideas too!

Solar powered shoji lanterns ($24) from Gaiam Post Update: the price of these lanterns is now $29 each, according to Gaiam’s website.

Mats made of recycled flip-flops ($23) from ReModern

100% organically grown bamboo salad servers (set of 5 for $12) from Branch Home

An umbrella made of 100% recycled water bottles ($17.99) Continue Reading

10 Ways to Green Your Bathroom

Mark Constantine of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics passes along 10 ways to green our bathrooms.

  1. Consider what you actually need.
  2. Use soap bars instead of liquid soap–this includes shower gel and even shampoo.
  3. Avoid heavily packaged products.
  4. Check use-by dates; the longer out the date, the more preservatives.
  5. Try to buy local.
  6. Buy items that last as long as possible, like toothbrushes with disposable heads, as you’re only throwing that part away, not the entire item.
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