Don’t waste your waste

June 21st, 2011 - 

You can reuse almost everything you have at home: newspapers and magazines, cans, bottles and jars, milk and juice cartons. Newspapers can be used as wrapping paper for gifts. It will be funny to make boxes or small packagings out of old comic books. Newspapers can be used, as my grandma is all the time using, as a cheap window and mirror cleaner or as a protecting surface when renovating your house. There is no need to buy special plastic bags or special coverings for your floor when doing this.
Milk and juice cartons: due to the fact that paper and carton are biodegradable, you can make holes in the tetrapaks and use them as pots for flowers and seeds and plant them directly in your garden. In time, they will dissapear.They are
very good for portecting plants against pests. What else can you do with these packs? You can either collect them and give them to a kindergarden- because they need these for craft projects or you can keep some of them to create nice toys and decorative objects at home, for your beloved ones. 

Cans: they can be used as pencil holders or paint tins. If you like to play a little bit, you can create nice decorative lighting designs for your home.
Via Greeniology, How to live well, be green and make a difference, a book by Tanya Ha. Picture from here.

Help the Environment And Save Energy

June 5th, 2011 - 

Generic advices on how to save energy and go green:

Heating related:
– in winter time, heat only the rooms you use, not more and close the doors between halls and rooms
– don’t set the heather too high, better wear something warmer
– invest in thermostats
– use double or triple glazed windows: they will keep you much warmer and their wooden frame will last much longer than a plastic frame

Water related:
– use your washing machine and dishwsher only when they are fully loaded
reuse water in your household
– if you want to boil water, use as much water as you need, don’t waste and don’t use more than necessary
Energy related:
– use energy saving bulbs turn off lights not used
Others:
– avoid buying packagings and products that have too many layers of packaging
– buy in large containers, instead of 5 bottles of mineral water containing 1 liter it is better to buy a 5 liter bottle
– don’t use your car if short trips; if you have the possibility just walk or take the bike
Via here. 
Picture from here.

How to buy a low consuming washing machine

June 5th, 2011 - 

1. Size matters:

When choosing a washing machine do not forget to take a look at the load capacity. Don’t buy a big load machine if you are a single person with a small wardrobe. Choose a machine that reflects your household’s washing needs.
2. Cold and hot water machines:
It is always better to have a cold water machine and use solar heating to make this water to the properly temperature needed for washing. A cold water cycle uses almost 90% less energy than a warm or hot water cycle. If you use powder detergent it is better to dissolve it previously in the case you want your machine to work with cold water.
3. Low water consumption:
Look for the triple A rated machine: AAA. Do not forget that 16% of the water used in a household goes into washing machines.
Once you bought a new washing machine, there are a few steps to follow to prolonge its life: Clean the filters once in a
while. They may contain dirt of sand. Use the right amount of detergent accordingly to the water you use and the soiling of the load. Other advices: wash only on full loads, use phosphate free, bleach free, and fragrance free soap and try to hang laundry to dry instead of using special dry machines.

picture from here.

Advices and extra-tips for bird lovers

June 2nd, 2011 - 
 

If you have a passion in feeding animals and if you like them so much, here there are some advices: don’t overfill the feeders. Birds are messy eaters so everything will be messed around. Keep the area clean and be careful not to leave the dried fruits hanged too much.
If birds did not discovered the area yet, there is the possibility that your feeders are rotten and they will smell and be dangerous for birds in a few days. If you can, add some water source also near the grains. If you are so passioned
about this, you can try putting feeders in the same place the year round. Soon they will be habituated to come in the same place and they will know that the area is a reliable food source. So, you will have your friends around, plus tier music:) the whole year. Don’t establish the place in a crowded area or in a place that your cat can easliy reach. Good luck!

Via here.

Home made bird feeders

June 2nd, 2011 - 
 

There are shops that sell grains and food for birds in shape of balls. I bought some and gave them to the birds in the park in front of our home, but I didn’t see much fight for food. At least, as those products smell, i understand the poor birds. So I think I will stick to the bread next time. Or, try these advices I found on Ecollo. 
With simple ingredients, we can make tasy treats for our feathered friends. And if you have a tree in front of your window, you can hang those feeders and enjoy birdwatching. For the base, you need either peanut butter, or animal fat,
liquid. Then you need grains, seeds, shelled peanuts, dried fruit ( apple peels, diced pieces of fruits, apricots or berries). as support for your feeder you can take a pine cone and spread the peanut butter all over it and then roll it in the seeds. Also, a toilet paper cardboard can be used instead. If not, you can use a half grapefruit or orange. Carve the middle and fill it with the composition. Than you can hand this in any tree. The last option is to make garlands like in the picture here. You have to take a needle and a string thread and create with this, the fruits and popcorn a nice garland that you can also hang.