What’s in Our Water? Breaking Down Marine Pollution

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This Save The Bay graphic for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) shows a breakdown of trash pieces found along Rhode Island beaches and coastlines last year. It amounts to nearly ten tons of trash—and that’s just in the smallest U.S. state. According to the Ocean Conservancy, more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by ICC volunteers in 2015. That’s equal to the weight of 437 whale sharks!   While cigarette butts are the biggest offender, the remainder consists of food and drink packaging: glass, metal and the dreaded plastic. Plastic pollution clogs coastlines, harms marine creatures and leaches toxins into our waters. It is believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, some floating and some in the deep sea. How Does the Trash Get in our Water? The bulk of it flows downstream, meaning it comes from land-based sources (litter, overflowing trash cans, … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 8 of 12 – Outdoor Furnishings

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 7 DIY upcycling projects you can create for your outdoor garden and patio. Be amazed and inspired! Recycled Door Arbor from GardenWeb     Wine Bottle Tiki Torch from Design Sponge   Pallet Patio Table from Survive France   Wine Barrel Sink from Instructables   Outdoor Movie Screen from The Shabby Creek Cottage   Plastic Chair Kiddie Plaything from Mummy Musings and Mayhem   Denim Planters from Upcycled Garden Style  

How to Make Every Day EARTH DAY

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Is being eco-friendly on April 22 enough to maintain a healthy planet? Do you wonder how to make every day Earth Day? Well, WONDER no more. Yes, friends, I’ve made an acrostic from my article subheads 🙂  Remember these six basic areas in which you can ramp up your greenness 365 days per year. Watch Your Water Water conservation and sanitation is a huge issue worldwide. Here in the U.S., we can do our part in a variety of ways: Drink from cups and reusable water bottles; reuse cooking water on plants; keep water off while brushing your teeth; install water-efficient showerheads, faucets and toilets; divert rainwater to your lawn or garden with a rain barrel. Here are 100+ ways to conserve water. Opt for Less Stuff Poet, designer and social activist William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 7 of 12 – Prescription Bottles

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. In honor of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (April 30), this post highlights 7 DIY Upcycling projects you can create from those ubiquitous pill containers. Be amazed and inspired! **If you have expired medications, dispose of them safely. Don’t flush them or toss them in the trash! Look for a drug collection site near you. Cute Storage Containers from The Bearfoot Baker   On-the-Go Survival Kit from Survival at Home Faux Bamboo Vase from Mich L. in L.A.   Tooth Saver from About Home   Wall-Mounted Lighting from Instructables   Winter Snowman Decoration from Crafting a Green … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 6 of 12 – Household Decor

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 5 DIY upcycling projects you can create to add flair (and usefulness) around your home. Be amazed and inspired! Chandelier Planter from DIY Show Off   Shabby Chic Toothbrush and Towel Holder from Coffee with the Mrs.   Ceiling Fan Blade Wall Art from  from Life of Eates-a-Lot   Alphabet Photo Holder Magnets from Plum Pudding   Old Door Entry Bench from The Friendly Home   What upcycling ideas can you share?  

DIY Upcycling Projects: 5 of 12 – Valentine Gifts

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 5 DIY Upcycling projects you can create for unique Valentine’s Day gifts. Be amazed and inspired!   FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER: “52 Reasons” Card Book from Austin, Texas     FOR YOUR KIDS: “I Love You Around the World and Back” Globe from Driven by Decor   FOR YOUR DAD: Scrabble Tile Cufflinks from Mom It Forward   FOR YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER: Apple Clay Jar from Crafty Moods   FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSMATES:  Hand Warmers from About a Mom  

DIY Upcycling Projects: 4 of 12 – Household Organizers

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 10 DIY Upcycling projects to help organize your home this month. Be amazed and inspired! PVC Pipe Shoe Organizer from Home Stories A to Z   Knife Block Crayon Holder from Thrift Diving   Old Window Jewelry Holder from Oak Ridge Revival   Tic Tac Box Travel Spice Containers from Seattle Sundries   Tin Can Office Supply Caddy from Shabby Chic Inspired   Oatmeal Box Ribbon Holder from Curbly   Old Chair Scarf Rack from The DIY Adventures   Baby Gate Clothes Drying Rack from Northwest Edible Life   Soda Box Can Dispenser from Then … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 3 of 12 – Holiday Wreaths

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One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights five DIY Upcycling projects creating unique and beautiful holiday wreaths using leftover materials. Be amazed and inspired! Wreath of PVC Pipe from DIY Cozy Home Wreath of Toilet Paper Rolls from Bonnin Designs Wreath of Pine Cones and Nuts from Wonderful DIY (scroll down to see it) Wreath of Wine Corks from Wine Folly Wreath of Burlap from Home Decor Made EZ