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...]

Creative Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs!

Do you eat a lot of eggs? Are you looking for creative uses for egg cartons around the house? You have come to the right place! I have become quite the queen of upcycling and reusing egg cartons is incredibly helpful in many ways.   I thought I'd share a few ways to upcycle egg cartons and help you reduce your carbon footprint. 10 Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs! Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that … [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...]

What Can You Do With Old Hangers?

Have you been decluttering the house this month?  Have you cleaned your closet and realized you have way too many hangers?  What can you do with them?  I thought I would share a few ways to repurpose hangers as we sort through our mountains of clutter!  From hanger crafts to donating them to Goodwill, there are a ton of ways to reuse them rather than sending them to the landfill.   What Can You Do With Old Hangers? Last month my husband decided our spare bedroom should become his new “man cave.” He convinced … [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...]

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...]

How to Teach Kids about Sustainability and Becoming a Global Citizen

This post about how to teach kids about sustainability and becoming a global citizen has been sponsored by Mattel.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about Thomas & Friends™ and the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the links below.   I grew up in a relatively small suburb in Connecticut where I knew most of my neighbors. The same kids were in all of  my classes for about 12 years.  I traveled as far as two states away to visit family.  The most international food I ate was … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Garbage Output And Why You Should Try

Every week, when I head out for my walk, I am rather disgusted with the amount of trash my neighborhood produces. There are many ways to reduce your garbage output so that the rubbish bin isn't overflowing at the end of the week. Our planet only has so much space to dedicate to trash storage. One of the best ways to go green this year is to learn how to minimize what you throw away. Recycling for the home is the first step, of course. But, how do you cut back on the number of items that you are tossing in the bins at the end of the driveway? … [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...]

Recycling Resources for a Green Decluttering Mission!

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups. As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items. While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don't end up in landfills. Recycling Supplies There are only a few things you really should have as you start on your recycling mission. Here are a few … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

With Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks, you probably need to learn how to recycle gift cards! Most people get at least one or two this month and they don't need to be thrown away! Repurpose your gift cards to keep them out of our landfill. Keep reading for a few uses for old gift cards that you might find helpful! If you are looking for other ways to live green this year, check out my post on stuffed animal recycling and battery recycling!  This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Home Appliance Maintenance Tips To Save Money and Go Green!

If the cost of appliances and their impact on the environment concern you, these home appliance maintenance tips are just what you need! When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances. The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do. It put a serious dent in our budget but you can't live without appliances, right?This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Soap and Creative Uses for Soap Around the House

Have you ever gone to a hotel and taken home your half used bar of soap? Most people don't. As a result, house cleaning throws away a perfectly good bar of soap. I am going to share with you a few tips on how to recycle soap so that it stops going to waste. I will also share with you a few creative uses for soap around the house. That half used bar of soap in the hotel will have lots of purposes once you get it home!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]