C(oi)n:purse had an amazingly eco-friendly, budget-minded, handcrafted idea for making tealight centerpieces out of thread (yes, thread!). I love that this project involves cardboard and plastic straight out of the recycling bin! The directions are so clear and easy to follow!
And while we're on the topic of reducing, reusing, and recycling, here are some tips for reducing your garbage production from Green by Design:
- Bulk Stores rule! No wrapping, no packaging, no frills – just about anything you may need sits in large bins, ready to scoop. From pasta to peanut butter (self-ground) and anything in between. Just go easy on those chocolate chips.
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Bring a cool-looking tote to take your groceries away in, and forgo those plastic carrier bags that stay around for the next few millennia.
- Recycle. Most cities and towns have a recycling program in place for paper, glass, tin, even kitchen waste. Garages will take your old car batteries and tires. Many hardware stores will take your old paint, batteries and old CFLs.
- Compost your kitchen scraps. Your flower beds will be happy
- Lug Your Mug for take-out coffee; many places will even give you a discount for it.
- Avoid take-out food. I know, that can be a challenge on a Friday night. But all those plastic and foam take-out boxes produce a big stream of toxic garbage.
- Eat home-cooked meals. Okay, another potential mine field here, but let’s face it: all those plastic and aluminum trays that those frozen dinners and prepackaged meals come in don’t really compensate for their overload of sodium, saturated fats and missing vitamins.
- Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Evian and Perrier are no longer cool.
- Repair, don’t throw out. Need I say more?
- Buy durable. Sure, it may be a little bit more to get the better quality product, but it will last much longer and always pays for itself in the long run.