Recycled objects from Africa

December 12th, 2010 - 
1. The plastic bag football
– football ball that you can see all over Africa, made from old trash

2. The car made out of drink cans

3. The metal animals made out of scrap-objects from Zimbabwe.

4. The old, painted tyre pots – from Ghana

5. The wire truck. Can be seen in South Africa and it is used by children: it has wheels and even rear-view mirrors. All out of recycled objects.

Most Affordable Christmas Ever

December 12th, 2010 - 

This article is about how to make a decent December and not a horrible January. In your Christmas planning, you must take care of some basic estabilshments:

1. Financial point of view: how much money I want to spend?
2. Schedule p.o.v : in how many places do I have to be on Christmas?
3. Hosting p.o.v : How many invites can I have?

Giving a gift doesn’t mean you have to buy the gift
– we generally think that the most money we spend for a present, the more obvious our feelings are expressed and that we proove our love more
– but you can express your feelings and communicate bu giving some things that do not cost a penny.
– homemade Christmas gifts are the most valuable gifts ever
– it could be anything: a card, a homemade gift, or anything that proove your love and show hoh much energy, time and talents you put
Start saving money for Christmas
– just think of the amount of money you wold like to have on december.
– start 3 months earlier and divide the amount in 3.
– see how much you have to spare in a month
– and then see how you can make the economies.

Watch sales
– since you have already the amount of money and you know how many presents you want to buy and got your shopping list, just take a look at the discounts you have in this period of time
– now you can find a lot of great stuff even in november
– just watch for the sales in this period of time and buy the presents on sale
– don’t let the shoppings until 23 of December
– it will be too late and you will be obliged to buy them at full price

Tip of the day: buy only what you need

December 12th, 2010 - 

1. Interrogate you each time you want to purchase:
– do I need this?
– if I buy it, then my life would totally changed?
– why am I buying this?
Being careful about what you buy can make you keep your life more simple and free of stuff you don’t need. Don’t buy things that you rarely use.

2. Instead of directly buy, better try

– maybe it is better to rent the thing or at least to borrow it and then you will see if you definitely would wear or like that object/cloth so much that you will wear it more than once.
3. Go shopping with a partner
– maybe you will take into considerration also his advices
– make a pact with your buddy: not to buy the thing if it cost more than X.

4. The rule of “wait”
– don’t be eager to buy everything that you suddenly like.
– take your time and then turn again in the shop the next day
– if you still love the thing after a few days, then you are allowed to buy

5. Transform the price
– let’s say that pair of shoes costs 100 euros.
– think of what could you buy with this amount if you don’t have to desperately buy the shoes?
– if it is really impossible to do so, buy it but then try to reduce the costs from other purchases

6. Make your money inaccesible
– to temper impulse buys it is better not to have cash with you
– better take a tour of the shop and take a careful look at what you would really buy

Tires – how to delay replacement

December 12th, 2010 - 

In order to delay the need to replace your tires you have some tips here:
– keep your tires properly infalted.
– check air pressure befor you go on a long trip
– you can find the proper air pressure numbers on your sticker attached to the car door, door post, fuel door or glove box.
– you can check for this number also in the owner’s manual
– at least monthly inspect the tires

– see if you can find some glass, stone or metal objects in your tires
– rotate your tires at about 10.000 km

– be careful on the road and how you drive your car: avoid fast starts or turns and holes.

In order to recycle responsibly see here:
– purchase products made from recycled tires such as picnic tables, benches in gardens or borders, floor mats and in general any rubber products
– support recycling
– don’t dump tires, care about environmental quality

Spare some money with things you can recycle!

December 11th, 2010 - 

Can i recycle tires? How about shower courtains? Or my old pair of jeans? Here you have a guide with tips and tricks on how to make the most of it and reuse everything you want. Enjoy!

1. Ways to Recycle Empty Prescription Bottles:
– you can storage seeds in them
– glue some bottles and use the collection on your desk as a storage place for your small things: hair pins, needles, matches, nails
– use the bottles in order to place some small flowers to make your desk funnier
– turn them into saltshakers
– paint the bottles and use them in decorative ways
– you can put spices in the bottles
– store buttons, beads or small objects for house use.
2. Recycle Flip-flops
– you can shred them to make stuffing for cushions
– you can use them to prevent legs of tables or chairs to scratch your floor
– glue them together to create a door stop

3. Reuse old jeans using these crazy methods: 
– create a small pocket place for your books
– patches – they are an add on to your style. you can play the designer’s role and be as free as possible to create endless possibilites out of jeans patches
– covers for your album or journal at school.
– if you have more pieces you could create a jacket out of so many and different colours and textures of jeans
– coffee cozies – like in the photo:

4. Recycle tires– what are the statistics untill now regarding tires:
– 130 million tires used as fuel
– 56 million recycled and used in civil engineering
– 27.5 million recycled into other projects: rubber, rood pads, shower tiles, truck bed mats
-12 million used as rubber modified asphalt and athletic tracks