How can I recycle old packaging into notebooks?

January 6th, 2012 - 


Somewhere in Pennsylvania, in the proximity of Philadelphia, there is one artist named Ivy Lane that loves to recycle and reuse things. What I will present today is these colorful notebooks of her handmade from discarded boxes of Snickers, Cheerios, and other corn flakes brands. For sure, she is helping the environment with these eco-actions. Also, because these are not the only things she createsin order to sale them on Etsy, (more…)

Make your own recycled furniture

June 23rd, 2011 - 

You don’t have to be very skilled or inventive to make use of what you already have at home and to transform your old things into something beautiful. Be eco just by making your furniture out of items that you would throw away. You will be eco in two ways: one, is that you will prevent trash from entering the environment and secondly, that you will consume less. And less wood consuming means more forests.
See below an example of how you can transform newspapers and magazine into funriture. All you have to do is to roll the newspapers – about 20 or 30 – and arrange them as in the pictures. To make an ottoman piece of furniture like these you have to attach a pillow or a seat cushion on top of it and here you are! Otherwise, here are some advices of
how to recycle your existing furniture: you can donate it or sell it on ebay, ask your family and friends if they are interested in the furniture- and maybe they will improve it or transform it in something different. When choosing a new furniture piece, make sure it is made in good quality wood that will last longer. Try to buy at second hand stores. Or, if you do not want to buy new furniture, it is better to recondition your old one: paint it as you like, cover it in fabric or transform it in other decorative pieces.
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Sustainable jewelry by Andy Lifschutz

May 31st, 2011 - 

Andy Lifschutz explore the universe of jewel design using recycled materials such as  bronze, silver, and gold bases. (Recycled metals are made of scrap gold and silver that are refined for reuse.) The artist began his metalwork in Brooklyn where he gained a lot of experience in mettalurgy. As his work progresses, Andy continues to discover new ways to combine his artisan style with raw elements such as reclaimed metals, wood, bone and stone.
Comprised of these materials, his jewelry creates an appeal not solely focused on aesthetic value, but based heavily upon the indelible spirit of powerful organic forms.  Andy tries to explore the natural form of the stones and to capture
the spirit of the organical shape that is so powerful. He creates pieces that contain in themselves the natural world. Lifschutz tailors each base to reflect the stone sitting on it. The chriteria to choose stones that are naturally formes are: first of all, aesthetics, durability and beauty. When he extracts the stones he is trying to harm the environment as little as possible. Via
Haute nature.
photography by Nialls Fallon and Rudolf Bekker


December 6th, 2010 - 

Composting is an excellent way to recycle kitchen and garden waste. It is very easy to build your own compost bin and use the compost to help your garden grow.

How Composting Works
Composting is the decomposition of materials that originated from animals and plants. These organic materials can be things such as plant trimmings, vegetable cuttings, eggshells and teabags. The composting process produces a dark, crumbly matter that can be used as fertilizer in garden soil. The main stages of composting are:

– Adding organic materials to a compost bin
– Micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, break sown the soft material.
– This causes the compost pile to heat to around 60°C. This is the ideal temperature for micro-organisms to work at.
– The compost pile then cools to below 30°C.
Small creatures such as worms and insects then break down the tougher material.
– The whole process usually takes about 3 – 9 months, and results in a nutrient-rich fertiliser to use in your garden.

– The compost that is ready to use can be taken from the bottom of the pile, leaving the rest to finish the process.

How to Build a Compost Bin
– You can buy a compost bin or build your own. Compost bins are usually sold at DIY and gardening stores.
– Build a compost bin by creating a frame out of wood and attach it to the ground using posts.
– Your compost bin should be able to hold about 200-300 liters, try and use a bin with a lid to keep out the rain.
– The compost bin should be placed in a well-lit and well-drained area of the garden.
– Try and keep the compost bin out of the wind.
– Improve drainage by breaking up the soil underneath the compost bin.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost

What TO ADD to your compost pile:
Hair and fur
Shredded paper
Straw and hay
Animal bedding and sawdust
Crushed egg shells
Grass and plant cuttings
Raw fruit and vegetable trimmings
Teabags and coffee granules
Horse manure
What NOT TO ADD to your compost pile:
Meat or fish
Coal Ash
Animal waste
Nappies and used tissues
Dairy products
Cooked foods
Colored or treated paper
Chemically treated wood
Diseased plants
Persistent weeds

Save Water_part 1

December 6th, 2010 - 

We need to be smart about the way we use water or we could end up looking at a dry future. Effective ways to reduce water use start with us. Making just a few changes adds up to big savings for you and the environment.

On your lawn 
– Limit your amount of lawn area and use drought-tolerant grass. Don’t mow lawns too short (at least 3cm stalks).  
– Care for your lawn by applying compost or organic fertilizers; aerate the lawn with a fork for more efficient watering and water deeply with rainwater or grey water (water from your laundry and shower).  
– Let your lawn go brown, it will rejuvenate when it rains.
Water-saving devices 
– Install a rainwater tank to capture and store rainwater for use on the garden and lawn (when using water from your rainwater tank, water restrictions do not apply).  
 – Grey water systems divert laundry and bathroom (shower, basin and bath) water onto lawns and gardens. Be careful
not to poison the soil with all the detergents in the water. 
– Connect your hose to your rainwater tank to deliver water directly to the soil and roots. 
– Install a pool cover, this can save up to 100 liters of water a day that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.  
– Install low flow taps to reduce water consumption.  
– Check taps for leaks and repair. 
– Use a broom to sweep driveways and paths.