Weekly Green Tip: Recycling

To kick-start my weekly green tip, this week I’m talking about recycling. Don’t worry I’ll still include green tips in my usual posts!

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Recycling stops products from ending up in the landfill, and they are broken down to make other useful products. Recycling uses less resources because it doesn’t use ‘raw’ materials to make a product. Lots of different products can be recycled from glass jars, tin cans and plastic bottles! What can actually be recycled depends on your local recycling center/curbside recycling.

Some recycling facts:

  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials. Source 

What does a recycled item come back as?

1plasticbecomes 2plasticbecomes glassbecomes metalbecomescardboardbecomespaperbecomesSo how can I recycle?

Recycling can easily be done at home, work or school either through curbside recycling or your local recycling center.

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For more information about recycling visit:

http://www.recyclenow.com

Happy recycling 🙂

Stacey xo

Let me know in the comments if you’ve recycled today!

Eco Project: Recycled/Reused DIY Jewellery Storage for tea lovers.

Today I want to share my first storage-related post! For this storage idea I’m using a saucer from a tea cup and a sugar bowl. But a tea cup and saucer would look really adorable.

I wasn’t using these so they were just gathering dust! Which I thought was a shame!

So here’s what I did to make use of them, as I didn’t want to part with them!

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Green Tip: Reusing an item saves it from going into the landfill and polluting the environment. Its also purse-friendly because you already own the item so you aren’t going out and buying another!

Let me know of other creative ways in which you’ve recycled something for storage or something else!

Happy Recycling

Stacey xo

Eco project: Kitty Litter Scoop

If you find it difficult dragging that big old bag of kitty litter around your home. I have a new project for you and your pet kitty/s. This home-made recycled scoop can be used for placing fresh litter into the clean kitty tray.

Materials Needed:

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Soft Plastic bottle like any one of these Ecover ones!

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Eco-friendly washing up liquid

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Instructions:

1) Remove the lid and labels (place them in the recycling bin).

2) Cut the top off the bottle by carefully piercing a whole in the side and cutting it off using the scissors.

3) Tidy up the top of the bottle with scissors so its not sharp!

4) Wash the bottle with hot water and eco-friendly washing up liquid and dry.

Now your new kitty litter scoop is finished and ready to use!

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Happy eco pets!

Stacey xo

Eco-friendly kitty litter

I really want my kitties to go green along side me 🙂

Grist

Q. Dear Umbra,

Having an indoor cat poses a question I haven’t found the answer to yet — what are the best options for a good sustainable cat litter, yet one that isn’t dusty, doesn’t track too much, and really works well. It may seem like a trivial issue, but consider how many cats are out there, doing their business, and the shovelfuls of litter really add up!

Mickey
Los Angeles

A. Dearest Mickey,

Good for you for being conscientious about what’s in your cat box. Kitty litter is no small matter. According to In Defense of Garbage by Judd Alexander, we Americans dispose of more than two million tons of it each year.

So you’re not just making a mountain out of a mole hill. In fact, common clay-based kitty litter is actually helping to destroy mountains, because it is acquired through strip-mining. 

Cats…

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Eco Project: Holiday recycled ‘tinsel’

Welcome to my first Christmas themed post! Are you looking to save some cash this holiday season? Of course you are!

Introducing Recycled holiday ‘tinsel’. If you’re recycling hasn’t gone out yet or been taken to the recycling centre why don’t you save it  and make some decor.

Materials needed:

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A variety of recycled paper or card.

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Instructions:

1) Cut your recycled card or paper into strips.

2) Fold a strip  into a circle/oval shape and tape together.

3) Then attach another circle/oval shaped strip to the previously taped strip and secure with tape.

4) Keep attaching circle/oval shaped strips to one another until you have a long chain!

5) Attach them to the wall with tacks once you’ve finished.

Finished project! 

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Happy recycling & Happy Holidays!

Stacey xo

Nature’s First Aid: Comfrey oil.

comfrey-oil-150ml-10420I’d thought I’d share my recent experience with this amazing plant!  After reading about this wonderful plant and after having a blood test recently.

I decided to apply Comfrey oil a few times daily to the affected area. Much to my surprise it helped!  My bruise had pretty much gone in a few days and you couldn’t tell I’d even had that awful blood test! (I normally bruise like I ‘don’t-know-what’ after a blood test.

During my research I also found that Comfrey oil can also help with dry skin, sprains, broken bones, bruises and healing cuts! 

But a word of warning though that it can’t be applied to very deep cuts because of its rapid healing abilities. It rapidly ‘knits’ the skin together!

 

Are you amazed? I was too! But I’m going to be turning to Comfrey oil more for the above symptoms!

 

Happy natural healing!

Stacey xo