Back to reality

After 1,500 miles of biking across the Baja peninsula, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and sea of Cortez, listening to humpback whales signing underwater and countless other amazing experiences I am back in New Mexico playing in the dirt and tending to plants on the farm. It was a bit of a shock diving back …

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Collecting some building materials

The other day Carrie set out for a bike ride to do some training for our upcoming Baja divide ride but ended up returning loaded with plastic bottles she had found on the side of the road ready to be turned into eco-bricks. I guess building materials take precedent over training. She had found over …

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Life without a trash can

Since we started "eco bricking" my partner and I have been able to completely get rid of our trash can. It has been exciting not having anything going to the dump and creating building materials instead. As I write this she is stuffing bottles we found on the roadside last night with some un-recycleable materials …

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Spooky scary trash filled ghosts

Halloween is getting closer and what better to do than have a little fun by turning trash into some cute little ghosties? Instead of buying new decorations just stuff a plastic bag with some trash (possibly cleaned up off the street) and draw a "spooky" face on it. This is simple, easy and kids can …

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Everybody Eco-brick!

Creating Eco bricks started as a fun challenge for my partner and I and now we are seeing how big they're potential truly is. For those of you who don't know what exactly eco-bricks are check out eco-bricks: an easy alternative to trashing trash. Since we made our first brick we are generating nearly zero …

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Food Waste and P.U.M. in the kitchen

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year ( about 1.3 billion tons) gets lost or wasted. That is nearly 680 billion US$ in industrialized countries and 310 billion US$ in developing countries worth of food being thrown out, lost or wasted. This is an unimaginable amount of …

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7 ways to re-purpose old pallets

There are 2 billion pallets estimated to be in circulation in the U.S. alone. This creates opportunity to make all sorts of great PUM! Most pallets are made from hardwood and are a great resource that shouldn't be wasted. Here are 7 creative ways I have seen old pallets used. Make some beautiful furniture. 2. …

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Plastic free alternatives

Billions of plastic bags are produced each year. They take up to 1,000 years to decompose and pose a serious risk to marine animals and other wildlife that ingest them accidentally. The United States creates more that 100 billion plastic bags per year and only  0.6 percent of them are recycled ( Source Worldwide watch …

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