Recycle memories from Holidays

October 20th, 2011 - 

I think this could be a nice interesting design idea. I think it can be also improved like this: when you go somewhere and want to bring a unique present for your beloved ones, you will gather some special elements that will tell a story: some stones from the seaside, a rose petal that you smelled, an interesting shell that you found (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
– 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.

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.

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