Conscious Consumption

It is that time of year when we are overwhelmed with the message to buy, buy, buy! Everyone is trying to sell some happiness but don't let that get in the way of actually being happy. It is very possible to live near zero waste in our trash filled society, here is some information I …

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ECOSIA: The search engine that plants trees

I discovered this company by chance while browsing the internet and it seems like a simple way to make the earth a better place and help plant trees. All you have to do is go to their website http://www.ecosia.org and follow the instructions to make ecosia your default search engine. The way it works is …

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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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“PUM”kins: Decorating for Halloween with trash.

Today, with the help of some milk jugs, we decided to make some halloween decor without buying anything or creating any extra waste. What did we come up with? PUMkins! This is a super easy project and all that you need is a milk jug, some scissors and a mud puddle. Just draw your spooky …

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10 Things to do with mason Jars

We use mason jars for all sorts of things around the house. They can be very useful and will last for years if you're careful with them. Our main purpose for mason jars is food storage and drink containers but I have come across some very creative uses people have found for their jars. Here …

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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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