Electronics Recycling Tips and Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Technology

These electronics recycling tips have been sponsored by Trademore. I was paid for this post.   We live in a digital world. Kids are getting cell phones at a younger and  younger age and homes usually have multiple computers.  In addition, televisions usually need to be replaced and updated frequently. This technology has a significant impact on our environment. I thought I would share a few ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your tech habit by trading them in with Trademore. If you have a model they will accept, … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

Have old wooden spoons and don't know what to do with them?  Learn how to repurpose old wooden spoons instead of throwing them away. It's a great way to declutter your kitchen drawers and still keep your carbon footprint low!For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days. The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Plastic Usage for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

This post about how to reduce plastic usage has been sponsored by Footprint.  All opinions are my own.   Whether it's part of your running shoe or that disposable straw you throw in the trashcan, plastic is a huge part of today's society.  While it serves a useful purpose in some areas, single-use plastics are one of the biggest problems with regards to our environment.  Plastic waste is harming the planet in countless ways. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to reduce plastic usage and minimize the amount that eventually … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Spice Jars In Unique Ways

Have you recently cleaned out your old spices and are now wondering about what to do with old spice jars?  Looking for creative upcycling ideas? There are SO many ways to repurpose spice jars around the house that you should definitely not just toss them in the recycle bin.  Live Green and Reuse Empty Spice Bottles! We go through a lot of spices in my house. We don't add a lot of salt to our food and using herbs is a great way to get flavor without additional sodium. Of course, fresh herbs are the tastiest, but that isn't … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

Are you decluttering the house and looking for creative ways to repurpose old magazines?  I know I certainly am! Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school. I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school. I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year. But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week. And I now have WAY too many magazines in this house.  Upcycling magazines is a great way … [Read more...]

Recycling Old Clothing Gives New Life to Old Clothes

Have you looked at your wardrobe and started wondering how to start recycling old clothing? As you work on decluttering the closet in the coming months, stop to think about the impact of your closet clean out.  What are you doing with your old clothes?  Donating used clothes is a great choice.  But what happens to clothing that is beyond repair and reuse?  Did you know that textile recycling is gaining in popularity? Old clothes gain new life as something other than clothes when you recycle them.  … [Read more...]

Reducing Food Waste: New Initiative Turns Gluttony into a Source of Power In Las Vegas

From the buffets to the five-star restaurants to the pubs and conventions… …food waste is just part of the business when you’re feeding 44 million tourists a year in Las Vegas. What a waste! But not anymore. Now, it’s possible to turn your leftovers into energy, which is good for the environment, and great for business.Reducing Food Waste in Las Vegas Las Vegas is a shining example of economic growth,  driven by tourism and gambling. But do you know that this trendsetting destination has the potential to become The Greenest City in … [Read more...]

Celebrate America Recycles Day with These Green Activities!

This post about America Recycles Day was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own. Did you know that America Recycles Day is coming up on November 15th?  In fact, did you even know that recycling HAD a national holiday?  Well,  America Recycles Day is a day to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.  This is YOUR day, as a green living ambassador, to spread the message about reducing your carbon footprint by … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Used Tea Bags and Other Sustainable Tea Tips

If you are a tea lover, you have probably wondered if there were any creative uses for your used tea bags. I know I have!  I absolutely adore tea. My pantry is stocked with containers of both loose leaf and bagged varieties. Every morning, I find myself sipping an energizing green tea and evenings often include something soothing and relaxing like a caffeine-free, herbal tea.As a result of my tea passion, I end up with a lot of used tea bags over the course of the week. What do you do with used tea bags rather than throwing them away?  … [Read more...]

Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is? Outdoor fires in our fire pit. Not only is it a great way to get rid of some of our yard trimmings, it's a wonderful excuse to pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the crisp, fall air. After you roast marshmallows and toss acorns into the fire, eventually the wood burns up and the campfire dies off. Ever wonder if there are any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away?  Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished There are a ton of useful ways to use wood … [Read more...]

Stop Drinking Bottled Water to Save Money and Go Green!

Over the years, we have spent many hours as a family at the tennis court, soccer field, and school events. The one thing all of these places have in common is a ridiculously large output of disposable plastic water bottles. Single use plastic is destroying our environment and if we could all just stop drinking bottled water, our planet's plastic problem would be significantly smaller.Is plastic really a problem for our planet? And how do you quit a habit like this? I thought I would give you some insight into plastic pollution and share … [Read more...]

How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust

This post about How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust is sponsored by Pick My Solar. All opinions are my own.On our recently journey up the East coast, I was truly amazed by the number of houses with solar panels on them. This is a trend that I want to see more of, given the carbon footprint of human energy usage. Every year, more and more people become aware of the benefits of solar energy and are making the switch from traditional fossil fuels.Choosing a Solar Panel Installer is Hard! If you want to choose a solar panel … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Supplies and Tips for a Greener School Year

If you are looking for eco friendly school supplies, you may have trouble finding them in traditional stores. My children start school in 10 days. Back to school shopping trips are never cheap. Who knew that it would cost hundreds of dollars for my kids to sit in class and learn stuff they probably won't need after they get out of college?The older my kids get, the more they school supplies they need. And that means it is harder to keep our carbon footprint low. It's hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home? First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean!I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right? Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space.If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'. Am I right? I do that all the time. Then I open … [Read more...]

Cool Things to Do with Old Tires

Here in the suburbs, a car is an absolute must have item. While I would love to ride a bike or take public transportation sometimes, it doesn't happen very often. In order to safely drive my car, I need a good set of tires on it. That means I have to put new tires on my car regularly, leaving 4 mostly still in good shape tires that need a new home. I usually ask the auto facility to recycle them but there are plenty of cool things to do with old tires if you want to be creative.If you are heading out on a road trip any time soon, get your … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

My husband and son have been playing on a tennis team and taking lessons for years. As a result, we spend a lot of money on tennis balls! Serious tennis players will only play one match with a can of balls. They lose pressure and don't bounce quite the same after they have been used for a while. This means that I am always looking for creative uses for old tennis balls since we have so darn many of them! I thought I would share a few ideas on how to reuse tennis balls in case you have as many of them as I do. From tennis ball crafts to creative … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around the House

Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house so I am always looking for ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Repurpose Old Toothbrushes to Save Time and Money

Have a spare old toothbrush lying around? Dont throw it away! Instead, try one of these ways to repurpose old toothbrushes. I have SO many of them! I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year. Of course, at each of these dentist appointments we get a new toothbrush. That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year. On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone is sick. I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and wondering … [Read more...]

10 Empty Beer Bottle Uses to Save Time and Money!

Saint Patrick's Day, The Big Game, football tailgating, and just because it is Friday. Those are all reasons to crack open a beer and sit back with a sigh. Instead of tossing those empty beer bottles in the recycling bin (or even worse, the TRASH!), I thought I would share a few empty beer bottle uses that may save you time and money this year. Once you find some great ways to reuse beer bottles, check out my post on green beer before Saint Patrick's Day gets here or try my homemade pretzels with beer cheese for a snack this … [Read more...]