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
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
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 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
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.
The kitchen features a garage door, which opens the structure up to the world.
“The next time you’re asked if you want a paper or plastic bag at the grocery store, you will be able to politely decline and then put your goodies in this handmade shopping bag. Strut out of the store with DIY pride!”
Etsy video teamed up with BurdaStyle for this great video podcast on making the open source Charlie grocery bag.