Sweaters made from recycled dog hair

July 4th, 2011 - 
An interesting how-to idea of recycling: collect your dog hair and  convert it into nice sweaters, scarfs, hats or vests. You could save money, material and also go green. The dog hair is combined with natural wool to be knitted in these pieces of clothing. In fact, this idea is not very new: it was used by the Eskimos for the centuries.

The studies proove that the dog’s hair is about 80% warmer than wool. The best hair is provided by breeds such as Newfoundlands, Chow Chows, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhounds.

What is important is that when coats get wet, they will not have the smell of a wet dog. There are special books where you can read all about managing with dog’s hair: Kendall Crolius, “Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet”. What do you think about this? Would you wear sweaters made from recycled dog hair? Via here.

Ways to save Earth’s energy without using yours

June 2nd, 2011 - 

Some useful tips on how to go green without doing to complicated things. The internet has a lot of eco ideas to offer but most of them are very difficult to put in practice. There are these small common sense things that one can do at home in order to protect nature and to save energy and comsuming.

First of all, Beware the cell phone charger. I’ve seen that a lot of people leave the charger plugged in after charging their mobile phones. Apart of the fact that this can affect your charger’s life, this is also loading your bill and also waste a lot of energy.Whether charging a phone or not, chargers continue to pull energy from the outlet at alarmingly
high rates, especially when they’re left plugged in constantly, which is the norm. Teach your family to be responsable and to plug the chargers only when they need to charge their phones.

Secondly, try to consume local fruit and vegetables. This will contribute to less resources and energy waste when transporting goods from one place to another.
At the end, do not forget to go for CFLs- meaning Compact fluorescent lamps that can save a lot of energy and also reduce your family costs in time. The energy savings are equal to about 40 dollars per bulb.
Via here.

What alternatives do I have for heating my home?

December 11th, 2010 - 

The rising electricity prices obliged us to look for other sources of heating our homes. But apart of costs, it is also a way to reduce the carbon emissions.

Solar heat and solar panels
There are many articles and good books about how to install and make the most of solar panels. The sun, for sure, can be a great source of heating your home. Install a solar hot-air collector panel on your house
exterior. the best location is the south-facing wall. But you will also have to have in mind the sun movement through winter months to find out the best location for our house.

Also the design of your house can improve the heating absorbtion. Some architects integrate the house in the landscape so that you can make use of the ambiental: a home that has a sun exposure to the front of the house it will loose less heat. Also, there are bedrooms that are builded underground because this is a great way to conserve the heat. The earth will retian it through the night.

Use less electricity

December 11th, 2010 - 

Today you will find some important thing about how to:

– conserve energy
– make the earth a greener place
– lower your bill
– you could start with the replacement of the old light bulbs with the saving ones. Now you can find them everywhere.
– when you are not at home, adjust thermostats to the minimum or even turn them off
– unplug electronics and devices like phone charges, toasters, hair dryers, TV’s- because anything can consume if they are plugged.
– when you are at home, use only the lights you need. turn off those that you aren’t using and then you will see how low your bill could become.
– take care of good isolation for your windows to make sure that the heating inside your house remain inside your house.:)
photo: showing the electricity in the air.

A green day everyday

December 11th, 2010 - 

All over the world people tend to be green. There are a lot of ideas about how to be green, that people share in books, emails, sites and emails.

In order to be green, you just have to start with small thing for the beginning:)
First step would be to install a recycle station at your place and use it any time. Unfortunately, we recycle about one third of possible items we should recycle. Maybe you can be the first to break this record.
Recycle at work: if there are not special programs at your office yet, just talk to your colleagues and try to
eastablish one. It is estimated that we use like seven trees per person, per year in paper products. For sure, it would be very helpful if you could plant some trees to replace the ones you used.
Walk and bicyle more, use the stairs and don’t use your car if possible: exercises are good for your health. In the same time, make sure that you will have all the things you need in your fridge so that you don’t have to make emergency trips to the store.
East local foods: shipping and transportation between countries are a tremendous counsum of energy. For passionate about garden and plants, you could have a small garden on the balcony- just to have basic fresh vegetables at your disposal.
After all, you could have a lot of fun experimenting and trying the green living.