8 Ways to Reuse Old Jeans & Fabric

jeans[sniplet tweetright]If you’re anything like me, jeans are the one piece of clothing in your wardrobe that continuously gets replaced. They get a tear in the leg, you gain (or lose) weight, and then they just plain wear out. We could just throw them in the trash, but there’s so many more options out there to consider first. The same thing goes for that beloved t-shirt that you just can’t wear anymore or some extra fabric from old curtains, duvets, or your last sewing project.

Next time you’ve got an extra pair of jeans, tees, or fabric on your hands, see if one of these ideas can help you reuse and recycle.

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5 Baby Steps for Becoming Green

treesteps[sniplet tweetright]So everyone’s going green, right? Not necessarily. Most of us want to go green, but it seems like a big deal to get started, and what exactly does going green mean? If you’re still not convinced, check out this post: 12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About the Environment.

More often than not, going green is a kind of mental shift, when you start incorporating environmental responsibility into your daily life. Of course, everyone starts out small and slowly builds his/her environmental awareness with practice. If you’re a going green newbie, or even if you’ve been going green for awhile now, here are your 5 first baby steps to get you started.

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9 Green Tips for Running Errands

keys[sniplet tweetleft]Life is hectic, especially in the beginning of the fall. Things become busier, and that lazy summer attitude seems to have disappeared. It’s time to pick up the pace a bit, which, for me, means a lot of errands. To the bank, market, post office, card shop, wherever.

When I’m out of the house, I find that my eco-habits tend to drop a bit. It’s hard to find recycling bins, and it’s easy to forget to bring bags to the grocery store. To combat this, I’ve started some new habits that make life easier.

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This Week’s Top 10 Green-Tech Articles From Around the Web

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We were driving down a highway a few days ago and I saw an enormous blade from a windmill being carried on the back of a flatbed truck. It was an unbelievable sight to see — I’ve seen windmills before, but I was never so close to one. It made such an impression on me that I started to think about all of the technology that goes into making our world greener.

Technology is often a source of environmental problems, but it can be such an awe-inspiring thing. We’re constantly growing and inventing new things, making science-fiction stories become reality. So, in honor of all this, I’ve scoured the web to find this week’s most interesting green-tech related articles.

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Save Money & Energy: Get Ready for the Fall!

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Photo by wolfgangstaudt on Flickr
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With Labor Day comes the fall! While leaving the warm weather and longer days behind isn’t the most exciting news, the fall has its own charm. It’s a wonderful time to take in the cooler temperatures and enjoy the beautiful changing landscapes. It can also be a great time to do some preparation in and around the home for the winter.

While chores aren’t the most exciting things to do in the cooler weather, they really pay off when it’s cold outside and your heating bill’s going up. The average American home spends almost $1000 on heating costs per year, so it’s worth spending a little bit of time to get your home ready for the fall and help cut those costs.

Plus, with a change of seasons comes the need for a change in clothing and accessories. By taking inventory of our winter suplies, we’ll know what we have instead of needing to run out to the store.

Grab your to-do list and make sure you’re doing everything you can to lower costs (and also help the environment).

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10 Fun & Eco-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden

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Photo by *Susie* on Flickr
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Gardening can be a lot of work, but it can also be fun and fulfilling. Gardens provide you with a hobby, a beautiful yard, and often times some food. Seeing a seed grow into a meal on your table is when I especially love it.

However, gardening can be a lot of hard work, which is why I’ve compiled a list of 10 fun and eco-friendly ways to spruce up your garden. Reinvigorate your love for all things gardening while tipping your hat to the environment, too!

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7 Serious Benefits That Will Make You Want to Ride a Bicycle

bikebasket[sniplet tweetright]When I was a kid, I longed for a bike. I had dreams of getting one for Christmas, and when I finally got one, you couldn’t stop me from going all around the yard in zig zags and circles until it was dark and my parents called me in.

Just a couple years ago, I again felt the urge to have a new bike. This time was different though. The ability to get places quickly and without using gas seemed extraordinary to me. Even though commuting to work by bike wasn’t feasible, any trips I could take by bike instead of car would make a difference — to my health, the environment, and my wallet.

In this post I want to outline some of the benefits I’ve gotten from my new-found love of bicycles — some real benefits to bicycling that might make you long to buy a new bike:

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Save Money and Kittens with a Greener Kitchen

greenkitchenThe kitchen is where most people spend a lot of time. Some kitchens are small, some kitchens are large. Some have gas stoves where as others have electric. And some kitchens are more environmentally friendly than others.

In addition to being more environmentally friendly, making a few changes in your kitchen can have other serious benefits, too. You might spend less money on your water and energy bills, get a few rich nutrients from your garden, have your kitchen smell better, and make it non-toxic for your kids and pets. The benefits of going green and organic can be significant.

Here are a few ways to make your kitchen greener, healthier, cheaper, and generally better:

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6 Fantastic Web-Based Tools for Going Green

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[sniplet tweetright]Most of us share a common desire to go green, especially after reading these 12 reasons that everyone should care about the environment. The problem, though, is that wanting to go green and actually going green aren’t even close to the same thing.

Sure, you’ve probably read lots of tips and ideas for making your life more eco-friendly and sustainable — but what is the best way to start? How can you track your progress? How will you know if your making any difference? These are all very good questions to ask…

Thankfully, the internet is here to help. In this post we’ve compiled a list of several online tracking and measuring tools that can help you keep track of what you’re doing without getting into any complicated Excel charts or tracking systems. Plus, many of these tools will help you find new ideas, compare results with friends, and generally have a very good time. Here are our favorites for you to check out:

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Save Yourself: Protect The Planet

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmaciejewski/[sniplet tweetright]We often look at being eco-friendly as altruistic — recycle to save the planet, or conserve energy so that our children have the same beautiful world that we do. But perhaps we should think a little more selfishly, and see how being eco-friendly effects things closer to you– like your own personal health. As humans, being selfish comes naturally, so let’s harness that natural tendency and take a look at why being eco-friendly will help me (I mean… you).

Being eco-friendly actually goes hand-in-hand with improving your health. The World Health Organization states that 13 million deaths annually are caused by preventable environmental factors. There are a ton of scientific ways to describe this, but in this post we’ll give you a few really simple reasons why protecting the planet is critical for your health, reasons that are understandable even to people who didn’t major in bio-med.

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