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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.

Eco-Fashion Faves For This Summer

I have been looking high and low for some great ethical accessories and outfits for the soon to be super fabulous summer and I have really found some amazing items!!! You don’t want to miss out! These great green finds are perfect for you or as a gift! Don’t miss out on some superb eco-fashion faves!!  All of these eco-chic finds are from Clean Spirited or Pure Citizen. Two great places to find eco-unique awesomeness.

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt

 

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt is amazing! The colors are beautiful as well as the pattern. You can wear this shirt with either a pencil skirt, leggings or even some denim shorts! Perfectly paired with a blazer for cooler nights and BOOM! A dollar from every purchase at Clean Spirited is donated to environmental causes. Description: Sleeveless back zip peplum, great with a pencil skirt or leggings.GREENOLA Made by women entrepreneurs in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Empowering Women progressing towards a greater purpose: to create positive impact on the world, while encouraging revolutionary thinking. – Made by Greenola, 100% Cotton Kitenge, Made in Kampala, Uganda, by women entrepreneurs, Back Zipper, Machine wash cold, hang dry.

Fuchsia Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat

Fuchsia Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat

 

Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat comes in 5 super cute colors that you can make use out of hear round. I wear ballet flats all of the time because they are comfy and really look cute with almost any outfit. Description: The non-absorbent material has anti-microbial properties that resists the growth of bacteria, odor, and mildew.  The shoes are machine washable and easy to sanitize. The  factory and design team are located just north of Atlanta in Buford, Georgia. The Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat is recyclable! When it’s time to retire your well loved shoes, you can take them to any recycling facility that accepts items labeled as #3 under the International Universal Recycling Code. Alternatively, OKA b.’s can be sent back to our factory where we will happily recycle them into new pairs.

Recycled Skateboard Bangle

Recycled Skateboard Bangle

 

Recycled Skateboard Bangle is beyond cute! Wood accessories are perfect for summer! I really love that each piece is different from the next so no two can be exactly alike!! Description:  MapleXO’s jewelry is hand produced from recycled skateboards in many color variations from subtle and sweet to loud and crazy. Since almost all skateboards are made from 7-ply Maple Wood these bangles are super strong and durable, but delicate enough to rest sweetly around a wrist.  Each item is one of a kind and slightly varies from one another. The shape and size are the same as the photo, but shades and patterns will vary.

 

KindLabel Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee

KindLabel Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee

Kind Label Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee is a great purchase seeing as rescuing animals is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Every time you make a purchase of a Kind Label product a portion of the proceeds go to The Humane Society. Description: Luxurious Pima Cotton & Modal fabrics blended together to make a super soft and sexy wide neck drapey tee.. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt is donated to The Humane Society of the United States (hsus.org).  The shirt is made from  50% Supima Cotton and 50% MicroModal the world’s softest eco-friendly fabric.  Hand-printed with eco-friendly inks in USA. 

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

 

Happy Earth Day Greenies!!!! It is the 43rd annual Earth Day and we should all be celebrating. Not with a party or making a mess but with intelligence. Today make sure you let everyone you come across know what day it is. Try to learn something new about how you can help our world be a better place. Everyone, including this Beagle right here can give you all of the tips and ideas on how to make your Earth Day/everyday greener and more Earth friendly but the only real answer to helping is education. Today to celebrate you should try to show someone who generally doesn’t know about or care about the holiday why it is so important. Even if you can convince them to make one tiny change in their life that is more than enough.

Also make a point of educating yourself. Learn something new about being greener and try to implement that in your daily routine.  All of the fun activities and books and green purchases are great but if you aren’t keeping yourself educated what is the point.  It is easy to forget or be complacent especially when you see others not making an effort.  Ideally we should consider everyday Earth Day but on days like today we should make a point of letting our green show!  Make a point today of letting people know what day it is and share even the smallest tid bit of greenness with them.  Sharing is caring!!!

Save Your Green April 2013


 

The Spring is here Greenies!!! I do love this time of year. It is time for us to make the most of the nice weather we are lucky enough to have. Back yard BBQ’s, pool parties, evenings on the beach! I cannot wait to get in full swing. Many of our favorite ethical companies are offering great deals and sales right now to make your Spring greener and healthier! Don’t miss out!!

Save 20% on Eat Cleaner produce wash. Eat Cleaner removes dirt and pesticides from your fruits and vegetables extending their shelf-life by 200%

Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49 with code SUMMER2013! Coupon only valid for UPS Ground Shipping. Coupon does not include furniture, over-sized items and orders shipping outside of the contiguous 48 United States.

Free Shipping on the JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger. Perfect camping and RV accessory. Use JOOSFRESHIP at checkout. Expires 5/15/2013.

Now Shipping – The NEW Spring Lineup of Products From Coyuchi.com! All With Free Shippping On Any Order Of $300 Or More! Click Here!

Get 5% Off Keetsa Protectors for a limited time. Enter code “KEETSAPROTECTOR” at checkout. Shop Now!

Save up to 50% Off with NOVICA Daily Deals! Handmade Gifts Everyday!

On sale at VivaTerra. Save up to 50% on natural home décor, organic gifts and more.

Save 15% Off Site Wide Now At OrganicBouquet.com! Click Here! Hurry Ends 4/26/13

Formulated with 100% organic Quinoa, a superfood protein trusted by the Incas and NASA. Use “KEEN” for 20% off

$1 off any order and free shipping!! Coupon Code: TREES

Cruelty Free Cosmetics: Afterglow Cosmetics offers a complete line of cruelty free cosmetics certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Save the Rainforest! Visit The Rainforest site and find out how!

Save up to 75% on quality herbs, vitamins, and natural beauty products at Botanic Choice!

Urbano Eco Trash Can

 

One of my favorite stores ever is UncommonGoods.com. I can always find some really fun and interesting stuff there. Recently I tried the Urbano Eco Trash Can  from the Eco-Friendly Products section of Uncommon Goods and I am in love! I have trash can issues in my apartment, as the one I have hanging over a cabinet door isn’t big enough and I have no real place for a large standing can in my kitchen. I do have pets so I have to be conscious where I put a can so they don’t get into it or knock it over.  This has been an ongoing issue plaguing me ever since I moved into my new place.  The Urbano has afforded me some great opportunities to de-clutter and reuse bags that would otherwise be sitting in a cabinet making a mess.  Although I bring bags with me when I go shopping I do appreciate a reason to use the plastic bags I do accumulate.
The Urbano is the perfect size to fit in my kitchen right against the wall between my oven and one of my cabinets. I can open both without the Urbano being at risk of getting knocked over. I can make use of the plastic bags have and eliminate clutter in one of my cabinets from saving them. The Urbano fits a large amount of stuff in it which I kind of wasn’t expecting.   It isn’t a huge trash can but magically it holds 2 liter soda bottles, cans, plastic containers of different shapes and sizes (yes, I was using it for my recyclables). I tried to cram it with as much stuff as I could and not 1 thing fell out or even made the Urbano sides bulge. That being said I am not trying to say the Urbano holds the same amount as a huge garbage can but a single woman who eats pretty regularly, has 2 pets, cleans more than regularly, and recycles makes some trash and the Urbano is more than capable of handling my mess.

About The Urbano Eco Trash Can at Uncommon Goods: Winner of the 2005 Pratt Product Design Competition, designer Kevin McElroy’s clever trash can allows you to store and reuse the plastic bags that you collect from shopping in a neat, organized way. Simply loop trash bags around the cut-out sides and push them all the way down, creating a visual of stacked handles all along the side. When you are ready to use one, just move it up to the handles and hook so that it won’t fall in on itself. Made in the USA.

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

 

Some Great Stuff For Your Home Made in The US of A

It has been a while since I have posted in one of the most important sections of this entire blog! I am always on the look out for great stuff you can find that has been made right here in our little own country! It has been more difficult as the years go on to find anything that is made in the America and when you do the price is so much higher and let’s be honest not always of the best quality either.  I am happy to see the pace of this Made in the USA trend pick up.  That is the exact reason why I feel like it is important to search out what ever Made In The USA products and businesses I can find!

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes

 

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes $120

I think these are super cute and love almost anything made from recycled flip flops.  I know I get good use out of mine every summer.  It is exciting to know that when I recycle them they do go to good use.  Spring is right around the corner and I cannot wait to break out my flip flops, now especially after seeing these.  The  only thing I don’t necessarily love is the price however it is hand made and I can only imagine how long that takes so I can let it go.

Product Description: Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Bring the flip flop love into your home with these upcycled nesting boxes. Flip flop flotsam from flip flop factories (say that three times fast!) is wasted more than you might expect, but you can make a difference in the fate of such fun material by gracing your home with these nesting baskets. Each upcycled basket is comprised of patiently wired together pieces of flip flop, resulting in a colorful pattern.
Use indoors or out, these boxes are fit for anything from toys to towels.

 

 

Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle

Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle

 

 

Vinyl Jigsaw Puzzle $35

I don’t know many people who are willing to part with their vinyl but I can say I have recently seen some of the most creative uses ever come out of recycling them.  I think the jigsaw puzzle is an excellent way to upcycle them.  You can still use and almost honor the record.  This is a perfect gift for the hipster you know that you know.

Product Description:
This 31-piece puzzle is lots of fun and a great conversation piece. Looking for a way to delight puzzle junkies or vinyl lovers? We gotcha covered.
Made from Classic Rock LPs that celebrate the best of the 60s & 70s. Let us pick out a good one for you.
Comes packaged in a sturdy, clear round box.

 

 

Concrete Hexi-Bowl

Concrete Hexi-Bowl

 

Concrete Hexi Bowl $95

I think this bowl is super cool.  The design is very modern/minimalist but the coolest part is that 40-70% of the bowl is made from reclaimed stone! Besides the fact that it is hand molded which just sounds like a ton of fun to have that job!  I know this is a little pricey for a bowl but hand made upcycled items are becoming more fashionable so sooner or later the price of conscious products will go down.

Product Description: Molded by hand, this is one unique serving bowl! Comprised of an advanced concrete mix that has been fine tuned over years of experimentation, it contains anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of reclaimed stone dust obtained from tile and counter top manufacturers. A great conversation piece and an easy way to display in-season fruit or your favorite holiday bulbs!
Because cement essentially cures continuously over time, these actually increase in durability over the years.
Each hexi bowl develops a unique patina as it ages.
Sealed to resist stains with carnauba wax.
Available in your choice of gray or white

 

Shades Bud Vase

Shades Bud Vase

 

Shades Bud Vase $55

This I have to say is probably one of the simplest resolutions to recycling glass bottles that I really never thought about before.  I would like to announce I would appreciate a little more decoration on the bud vases but over all this is a great idea! It is so simple and obvious I am ashamed I haven’t even thought of this before.  I really, really love this idea!

Product Description: Flower arrangements can be lovely, but why shell out fifty bucks when you can use this bud vase over and over again? These vases provide just as much of an impact on a room’s freshness with just four flower buds as an entire arrangement! Made of four upcycled glass bottle tops mounted on a glass pane, these glass vases are sealed to prevent leakage. Need a table centerpiece? These are the perfect size to hold taper candles- and the curved nature of the bottle easily catches any candle drippings!

The Best of Making Things by Ann Sayre Wiseman

The Best of Making Things

The Best of Making Things

 

 

 

I talk about this all of the time! I am always looking for projects that involve around the house items that are educational. I have to say that the projects in The Best of Making Things sound like way more fun than most of the projects I have found. Every review I have seen so far for this book is top marks all the way around! This is very exciting for me to see.  I can’t even lie I want to get the book just to test out the projects myself.  I am particularly interested in the cardboard box loom!!

You can find this amazing book and many others at Chelsea Green Publishing. If you have read The Best of Making Things or tried any of the projects let me know! I would love to hear how they turned out.

Description: Why go to the mall when you can make things at home using materials recycled from around the house?
This classic educational and creative text features 125 projects, carefully selected by the author to “develop natural curiosity and self-esteem,” and to demonstrate “simple and important concepts that have shaped the cultures of the world.”
So when a child asks, “What can I do?” you can reply, “Make things! Paper from laundry lint! A bird feeder from clothes hangers! Chocolate pudding finger paintings! Beautiful fish & potato prints! A cardboard box loom that teaches weaving and math! A simple pattern to sew shirts, pants, or dresses!”
The author’s detailed and delightful drawings fill every page “so that children just starting out and grownups who have missed out can quickly grasp the ideas.”
About the Author: Ann Sayre Wiseman developed this book while Program Director of the Boston Children’s Museum Visitor’s Center. A therapist, teacher, mother, and grandmother, Ms. Wiseman has written more than a dozen books. She is also an artist with work in the Rockefeller and Hirschorn collections, among others.

Recycled Glass Earrings

 

How adorable are these recycled glass earrings!?! I love the pattern in particular. Not that the pattern is anything very intricate but the simplicity is what makes me like them that much more. Recycled glass items in general have been interesting me more and more lately. I have been making some crafts of my own at home using recycled glass. I don’t know why exactly recycled glass has been catching my eye so often but these earrings are completely my style and the fact that they are recycled glass is only an added bonus.
If you don’t know what Depression Glass according to Wikipedia is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.
Most of this glassware was made in the central and mid-west United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive in the first half of the twentieth century. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultra marine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).
Although of marginal quality, Depression glass has been highly collectible since the 1960s. Due to its popularity as a collectible, Depression glass is becoming more scarce on the open market. Rare pieces may sell for several hundred dollars. Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. Popular and expensive patterns and pieces have been reproduced, and reproductions are still being made.
You can get a pair of your own recycled glass earrings or any recycled jewelry at Novica.com.

Because I love these earrings so much I have decided to give a pair away so you can enjoy them as much as I do. Click here to enter to win a pair of your very own Depression Glass Earrings. Good Luck and don’t forget to check out Novica.com for even more awesome items!!!

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

Crayon Dripped Pumpkin

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

 

I love making my own decorations especially if I can reuse them year after year and for more than one occasion. You may have real or fake pumpkins left over from Halloween so why not put them to good use. If you have crayons that have about had it and are looking for something to do with them this is the perfect project for you and your family. This is a great project for schools or parties as well.  Here are two examples on how to have fun with designs!

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

Crayon Drip Pumpkin

 

Supplies:

Crayons (if you have fun crayons like glitter or glow in the dark, multi color crayons)
Hair Dryer (or lighter with parents supervision)
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Pumpkin orange or white (real or fake)
Towel, Sheet or bag to cover the area where you will be working
Decorations (anything you want to use to put your personal touch to the craft)

Directions:

1. Make sure to remove all labels from the crayons as they will not be helpful as the crayons are being melted.
2. Make sure the pumpkin is clean and isn’t spoiling. You don’t want to spend time decorating it for it to go bad after your hard work.
3. Cover the area you are working on with a cloth to make sure you don’t drip on anything important.
4. Break crayons in half, you won’t need a whole crayon for 1 pumpkin.
5. Glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkin, they may not stay still otherwise, if you want to do a drip effect you can hold the crayon and heat it to drip in a pattern of your choice as well.
6. Once you are ready to melt go crazy! Make any design you want drip separately or together.  Have fun with it.

I always say get creative so if you have fun things you want to add to this craft go for it! Use glitter, buttons, broken pins, ribbons or anything you have been looking for an excuse to make use of. Add whatever you want to the pumpkin while the drippings are still wet. Glitter or even sequins would be fun. You could go get leaves, twigs and acorns. Make it your own!

Images from here and here.