How can I recycle a vintage Tupperware Jell-O mold into a pendant light?

January 9th, 2012 - 

 

I wrote before about Jeff and Mark and their extraordinary idea: how to recycle jars. (see previous post) Here is another interesting way of recycling. Just taking a deeper look at their shop BootsNGus, I found this smart idea. What about recycling a vintage Tupperware Jell-O mold and transform it into an upcycled pendant light? (more…)

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.

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
The first 5 ways to consume less energy you can find here.

6. Take the bus or other public transportation: I know, I know, it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world when you have to cram into a public transit vessel, but this is another of the changes that you can make that will have a huge impact. If, on a daily basis, you’re the only person using your car merely to get to and from work, you’re a prime candidate for a bus commute. Look into how long it takes to take public transit, you may be surprised at how quick it is. You’ll save a great deal of money, energy, and resources, and you’ll save all that wear-n-tear on your car too.

7. The Three R’s: We’ve all heard this enough to know it by heart; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. If you’re not recycling you’re literally throwing energy away. It takes far more time, energy, and resources to make a new product from scratch then it does to make one from recycled materials. Only buy products that have been made from recycled parts, that have been made organically, and/or have been manufactured by environmentally conscientious corporations. (say that five times fast)

8. Make meals with friends and family: This is an easily overlooked step, especially in this fast paced world we live in; co-op cooking can save a ton of energy. When you and your friends/family get together on a frequent basis to make meals, there are that many fewer stoves and dishwashers being ran that day. Not only that, but you’ll save money by buying larger quantities which also means less packaging is being used. Pretty simple huh?
9. Collect rainwater to quench your garden and yard: Lawns and foliage like H20, there’s no getting around that, but you can get around paying the utility for it. If you’re like me and you live where it rains a lot, get some barrels and store the sweet stuff. A hose attached to the bottom of a well placed barrel can have fairly decent water pressure. Refer to #1 to see why this is a simple yet important step.

10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a 10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive
amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a traffic light that you know will take at a minute or more to change. You know those lights, the ones that never change, well that’s a prime opportunity to make a difference. Also, keep your vehicle tuned up and running well so you’ll use less gas and create fewer emissions. When cruising around the neighborhood or shopping district in the summer, roll your windows down instead of turning on the AC. But, when speeding along on the highway, having your windows down creates a lot of drag which can actually make your car use more gas, so use the AC instead. Only wash your car at a car wash, use higher octane gas, and carpool whenever possible. All of these little tricks will save you money, and the environment from getting more polluted.