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Green Home | The Green Beagle

DIY “Febreze”

DIY "FEBREZE"

DIY “FEBREZE”

 

 

I literally just got this recipe a few minutes ago from one of my besties who swears by it and say her DIY version last longer and is much cheaper than purchasing ready-made fabric/home fresheners. Most people have these simple items at home and can make as much or as little as you want at a time. You can customize the scent of your freshener to the season or just your favorite smells. I always prefer to make my own products because you can usually save yourself money but you know exactly what the ingredients are. That always makes me feel more comfortable than buying something but I can’t lie that sometimes my homemade concoctions don’t always come out right.

Ingredients:

Your Favorite Liquid Fabric Softener (I prefer Method myself)
Baking Soda
Hot Water
Reusable Spray Bottlehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fashijonz-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00745X4UC

Directions:

1. Add 3 tbsp. Fabric Softener to empty spray bottle
2. Fill spray bottle with approximately 2 cups hot water slowly. {depending on size of bottle}
3. Add in 1 tbsp. Baking Soda
4. Mix once well and let it settle then mix again until the baking soda has completely dissolved.

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.

Two Toned Cork Apron

I was perusing one of my favorite online stores the other day looking for fun green things to present to my faithful readers and I found a few super cute, really interesting and just plain fun items that could work in almost any home. My major issue with ethical home products are that they are usually ridiculously expensive, look “reused” or have no thought behind it. In that they are bland and design/aesthetics didn’t really have a part in the development process. I understand that pricing for some products is necessary due to the process the items may have to go through to be made and usable. I still feel that an integral part of being ethical is obviously pricing. I feel like what is the point of making an item ethical when you have to spend an arm and a leg for it. I realize I have mentioned this before but to me a part of being ethical and conscious is being affordable otherwise it isn’t very useful for helping the masses. Here are a few super cute things I found at Uncommon Goods that I would enjoy owning myself.

 

Upcycled Zip Wallet

Upcycled Zip Wallet

 

 

Product Description: Upcycled Zip Wallet’s raw materials once spent their days lounging around the beaches of Bali. That sounds lovely, except that those materials are actually plastic bags. Billions of plastic bags are used every year, and many of them find their way to the ocean, where they can be damaging or fatal to marine life.
For each wallet, ten of those wayward bags are reclaimed from the shoreline, cleaned, cut and crafted into a durable cover. Inside are accordion dividers to keep your own resources organized, and an inner zippered pocket for your valuables. Because of the upcycled nature of the materials, each one will have a unique combination of bright colors. Because these wallets are handmade of recycled materials, each is one of a kind. Made in Bali, Indonesia
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Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

 

 

 

Product DescriptionRecycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frame Add vintage charm to your photos with textured, metal frames. The intricate rococo patterns are actually pressed tin ceiling tiles that once adorned homes and shops around the Northeast. Salvaged from crumbling buildings and remodeling projects, artist Margaret Taylor turns them into rustic frames. Due to the reclaimed nature of the materials, colors and patterns will vary. Handmade in Georgia

 

Two Tone Cork Apron

Two Tone Cork Apron

 

 

 

Product Description: The Two Tone Cork Apron is crafted from ultra-thin sheets of cork, a sustainably harvested material that is supple, durable, and naturally water resistant. Derived from the bark of Cork Oak trees, the material’s natural veining and stippled appearance gives a rich earthiness that is unexpected in a typically textile-based accessory. The dark-stained cork is set off nicely by the contrasting, lighter natural color of the ample central pocket, which is the perfect catchall for cooking utensils, towels or recipe cards. The apron is stitched around the edges and is reinforced with a cotton backing. Made in Portugal.

 

 

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

 

 

 

Product Description: Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamps are crafted from spent fire extinguisher canisters. The artist Valentino Llegada hand paints each one in shades of black and gray. The aluminum material is lightweight and sturdy, and its interior is left with its metallic finish, which helps reflect the light out into the room. Available in two styles – cylindrical or with rounded edges – created by using either the top or the bottom of the canister. Comes fitted with a light socket and cord, and is ready to hang with included screw hooks. Cord does not have built-in switch. Handmade in Florida. Sold individually

 

Gordon Set of 3 Multicolor Jeweled Handcrafted Candleholders

 

How beautiful are these candle holders!!  When I first saw them I thought they were made from recycled magazines but they are actually made from mango wood.  Mango wood is considered the new bamboo because of its ability to renew itself.  It isn’t hard enough to be used as flooring but can have many other decorative uses.  Apparently once a mango tree reaches 5 ft in diameter and over 90ft tall it no longer bears fruit.   The Gordon Jeweled Candle Holders are great for a gift or to decorate your home.  They can go with almost any color scheme.  The candle holders are a bit on the pricey side but for sustainable handcrafted home decor the price is quite reasonable.

Product Description: These eco friendly and exotic candle holders feature bright jewel tone accents. Spice up any setting!
Mango Wood is a sustainable wood. Asian farmers plant this tree for its fruit, which is picked and exported. Only when the tree stops producing fruit does it get timbered.

- Made by Gordon
- Each holds 1 pillar candle (not included)
- Large: 10″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Medium: 8″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Small: 6″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Made of Mango Wood

 

Green Bride Guide Gifts and Deals

Are you wondering what ethical gifts to get for some of your favorite people this holiday season? I know it isn’t always easy and can be extremely time consuming to find the right gift with the right qualities that make you feel comfortable purchasing! I have found a few super cute little things you can get for the home as gifts for your loved ones that break the bank or your morals.  I found a slew of great finds at one of my most treasured places, The Green Bride Guide. Get $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Green Bride Guide Gift Shop!

 

Yellow Bird Candle Holder

 

Product Description: This candle holder was created using only natural materials and eco-friendly principles. Designed in partnership with global and local artisans who share the purpose of making nature-inspired products unlike any other. Each piece is individually handcrafted to create an item that is handsome, built to last, and of good value. 5.75″ x 4.5″ x 6.75″ Materials: Ceramic, Metal.  Super cute and super sweet at only just $15.00 you can’t go wrong with such a cute little accessory.  Add a soy candle to the gift to be extra thoughtful.

 

 

 

 

Product Description: This functional piece lends a nautical and eco-friendly style to any room. The plate is 10.5″ in diameter, and 2.5″ deep. I really like this plate for myself to be honest. It is simpl cute and lest we forget made from recycled glass! Great for anyone’s home and only $17.00.  You can fill this dish with candy or candles and wrap it up to give it a personal touch.

 

 

 

 

Product Description: Because of the generously sized bowl, these unique glasses lend character to any beverage or tasting event. Sold individually.  A great give to give either as on or a set. I love glasses of all kinds especially when they are made from recycled glass.  This is a good gift if you know someone who is difficult to buy for or if they are a wine lover!  You can even add some decoration to make it a bit more personalized.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Bowl

 

Product Description: Coconut is another remarkable renewable material. The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics for decoration as well as for its many culinary and non-culinary needs. Virtually every part of the coconut has some application including the coconut shell, a waste by product. After the coconut meat and milk have been harvested the shell can be used for many purposes including these decorative bowls. Each bowl is unique. Every bowl is cleaned, polished and finished with a durable food safe laquer, then accented with color. Ideal for serving hot or cold foods or for displaying fruit. Coconut Bowls clean easily with warm soapy water or a damp cloth. (They’re not recommended for dishwasher or microwave.) Bowls are priced individually 5.5″ diameter x 2.5″ high. Super cute bright colors and perfectly sustainable.  Add your own personal touch to it by putting dried fruit, candy or even other cute little house hold items in it.  The coconut bowl  is a cute way to say Happy Holidays!

Tub O’Carbon Odor Buster

This is a nifty idea! I remember my parents and grandparents using a box of baking soda for everything odor related. Now the Tub O’Carbon does all of that and even helps slow the process of food going bad! I love that. There is nothing more disappointing than realizing you have wasted food.

Product Description: Tub O’Carbon Odor Buster is the safe and natural way to remove odors in any enclosed space. Better than baking soda and safer than chemical sprays and fragrances.
How does it work? Activated carbon is a natural substance specially treated to open up millions of tiny pores that trap odors, chemicals and gases. This type of carbon is used in gas masks, in hospitals and by large food-storage facilities. You can use it anywhere in the home or office including the fridge, freezer, trash can, next to cat litter, in a diaper pail, in a sports bag, closets, lockers, musty storage, your car, etc.

Favorite Feature: The Odor Buster adsorbs ethylene gas released by produce, slowing down the rotting process.
•Eliminates the need to air out your fridge
•Helps prevent foods from taking on the taste of their packaging
•Helps spoiled food from contaminating fresh produce

Tribest – Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

 

 

I never really thought about making my own soy milk or tofu but this looks like it could be really fun. I found the Tribest Soymilk Maker & Tofu kit while I was browsing GreenCupboards.com. I am not sure why it never occurred to me that I could make my own but this is the exact reason why I “window shop” at my regular green stores. The variety of items out there that can really help you save money, time and energy are surprising. I will admit some products may not be completely effective but this one looks like a ton of fun. I have a feeling making your own tofu or milk might be difficult at first but once you get into the swing of things it could be so much easier than buying either at the store. If you are interested in this or other fun items for your home check out GreenCupboards.com.

Product Description: Soyabella is even more convenient and versatile with the deluxe SB-132 package. It adds the tofu kit and stainless steel lid. The tofu kit is a handy tofu press that squeezes soy curds into delicious tofu perfect for salads, snacks, or as a meat substitute. The stainless steel lid keeps your fresh soymilk covered while you clean the grinding head, extending the life of your Soyabella Soymilk Maker. The Soyabella Soymilk Maker is the elegantly easy way to make fresh soymilk and a variety of other delicious recipes in your own kitchen. Simply add soybeans and water to the Soyabella Soymilk Maker and you get fresh soymilk in about 15 minutes. Soyabella is also great for making milk from a wide variety of beans, as well as for making fresh rice milk, rice paste, sesame paste, and porridge. It can even be used as a coffee grinder and mill by using included accessories. Plus, the Soyabella Soymilk Maker is extremely easy to clean.

How is Tribest green? Tribest’s focus on healthy living is at the core of the wide range of energy efficient products they produce. With the Green Star in energy efficiency and conservation, Tribest continues to make household appliances that juice your fruits, not your energy bill. Take it from the eco-savvy developers at Tribest, using less electricity simple makes more sense. A reduced power bill means a reduction in electrical pollution. It’s aneco-appliance win-win with anything from the Tribest line.

Shaggy Dog Recycled Metal Planter

Shaggy Dog Recycled Metal Planter

Shaggy Dog Recycled Metal Planter

 

 

Shaggy Dog Recycled Metal Planter is way too cute not to have!! This is great now for the warm weather. You can keep the Shaggy Dog planter out side and bring it in when the weather gets cold. The recycled metal planter is perfect for an office or house warming gift. The Shaggy Dog planter adds adorable personality to your garden, porch or indoor sanctuary. You can even play some tricks on your pets if need be! You can get this awesome planter by clicking right here! As usual every purchase from The Animal Rescue Site goes to help animals in need.

Product Info:Carefully crafted from charm and recycled sheet metal, this goofy canine is looking for a good home. Dog lovers, gardeners, and environmentalists alike will love our planter, handmade in India from materials otherwise destined to clog landfills.
Recycled sheet metal
11″ H x 12.5″ L x 5″ W (27.9 x 31.7 x 12.7 cm)
Handmade in and fairly traded from India

The Robomow

Robomow

Robomow

 

 

 

I know the Robomow is expensive but the lazy beagle in myself really wants this. I am not the biggest fan of mowing the lawn. It takes forever and makes my allergies go crazy. Here is a description of the Robomow and why you should love it besides the fact that it comes with Free Shipping:

 

 

Tired of pushing or riding that lawn mower of yours for seemingly endless amounts of time, every week? Robomow’s RL 2000 is the perfect solution to give you more time doing what you love, instead of mowing the lawn. This robotic lawn mower is recommended for large lawns between 12,900 and 17,200 square feet. It comes with a base station for automated storage, charging and easy mower scheduling. You can schedule this mower to run day or night without bothering your neighbors: these machines will run at a noise level as low as 65 decibels when in eco-mode. To give a comparison, this is the same amount of noise generated by a normal conversation.

What makes the Robomow Green?
Robomow is as green as the grass it mows.
From saving energy to the way it cuts the grass, Robomow is making as less impact on the environment as possible.
With new ingenious technology and innovative grasscycling techniques, the fully automatic lawnmowers are much easier to use, waste less energy, emit less air pollution and create less impact on the world around us.While mowing your lawn, Robomow cuts the grass into very fine cuttings and disperses them over the ground. These clippings decompose quickly and release beneficial organic nutrients and water into the soil. This results in a healthier and better-looking lawn and eliminates the need to collect and remove the clippings.

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Repurposing & Home Decor

Repurposing & Home Decor

Repurposing & Home Decor

I have been doing a lot of crafting around my house lately trying to see what I have to repurpose. Pinterest has been helping me with ideas as well but I wanted to see what some books have for repurposing ideas. I was almost on hoarder status saving things I knew I could get use out of but I wasn’t sure when I would find a use or for what and now I have found it.Repurposing & Home Decor has some really great ideas for me. Repurposing & Home Decor is an excellent how to for DIY repurposing projects as well as gives you advice on what not to do along with helpful tips. I am really excited to start playing around with some things I have laying around. I have a large backyard that I have been dying to fully utilize and this book is just the ticket to getting my yard where I want it to be.
What are your repurposing experiences? How tos? Do’s and don’ts?