Author Archives: Carin Lynn

Tip of the Week – Whites Whiter than White

Whites Whiter than WhiteThere’s nothing better then a bright white t-shirt, but often your white laundry items can start to look dingy and gray. This happens for a few reasons. You may live in a hard water area and deposits become fixed to the fibers, or it could just be a build up of detergent within the item. To get those whites white again & keep them white use a little vinegar.

Get White Again: Soak the dingy item in a gallon of warm water and 8fl oz of white vinegar. Then rinse in cold water & wash as usual.

To Keep White: Add about 1/3 cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle. You’ll find that your clothes come out brighter and softer, and any vinegar smells should vanish after your clothes have dried.

Easy & eco-friendly…now that’s my kind of laundry.

Product of the Week – Unique Steel Water Bottle

Unique Steel Water BottleWater bottles are a dime a dozen, unless yours has original artwork from A Sense Of Place Photography.

A Sense Of Place Photography offers eco-friendly steel water bottles with unique photography from all over the world. Plus, they use 100% recycled packaging for all of their shipments.

What better way to hydrate yourself than with an one-of-a-kind reusable eco alternative to plastic bottles.

Buy yours today from A Sense Of Place Photography’s Etsy Shop!

DIY Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets

Easter is almost here – Sunday, April 4th!

Instead of buying brand new Easter baskets for all your colored eggs, try making your own eco-friendly baskets. Here are 3 super Green homemade Easter basket ideas using items around your house & kitchen.

Materials You Will Need:DIY Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Berry baskets
  • Plastic clamshell container
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Silk or real flowers
  • Juice or milk carton
  • Colored paper

Berry Easter Basket
Use a berry basket, loop some ribbon through the slots, and put a pipe cleaner through the sides as a handle. This petite basket makes a great Easter party favor or teacher gift.
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Clamshell Easter Basket
Use a plastic container that produce or baked goods are packaged in at the grocery store, and simply punched one hole on each side of the clamshell, then loop a pipe cleaner through the holes to make the handle. You can also decorate it with paint, stickers, or really anything.
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Carton Easter Basket
1. Another basket idea is to use an empty juice or milk carton — rinse out and air dry.
2. Next, cut out the side that has the spout.
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3. Take your colored paper and measure it against the carton, tracing out each side, then covering each side with the colored paper, using either tape or glue.
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4. Take another piece of colored paper and cut out a long piece about 2 inches wide for your handle. Staple it to the carton. You can use flowers or stickers to cover the staple.
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5. Decorate your basket with stickers, let your child color or paint it, put flowers on it. Get creative – options are endless!
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A special thanks to Petite Planet for sharing their Easter eco-crafts with us!

Earth Hour – March 27 at 8:30pm Local Time

On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii.

During Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple – turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S., Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about our country, our planet and our future, turning the lights off on pollution and climate change, making the switch to a cleaner, safer and more secure world.

Turn Out Take Action!

For more information check out the Official US Site for Earth Hour.

Tip of the Week – Buy Reusable Products

One of the easiest things to do to live a more green lifestyle is to buy reusable products instead of disposable ones. These can range from things to drink from to cleaning products. Here are a few easy ones to incorporate in your daily life today… Canvas Shopping Bag

  • Coffee Mugs vs. Paper or Styrofoam Cups
  • Washable Plates vs. Paper
  • Cloth Napkins vs. Paper
  • Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable
  • Sponges or Rags vs. Paper Towels
  • Reusable Coffee Filters vs. Paper
  • Reusable Silverware vs. Plastic
  • Canvas Shopping Bag vs. Paper or Plastic
  • Lunch Box vs. Plastic Baggies

March 22 – World Water Day

World Water DayToday is World Water Day!

World Water Day is an international day to celebrate freshwater and a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22nd, 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Turn Dryer Lint Into Paper

It’s best to let your clothes air dry but, sometimes we’re in a hurry & end up using the dryer. I know, I’m guilty of this.

To compensate and ease our mind of shame, why not create something new from all the lint that was accumulated.

I found this super neat tutorial on Instructables by author Ashley Amber that provides step-by-step instructions to make natural paper from dryer lint.  You can then use this unique & beautiful paper for gift tags, note card or even as gift wrap.

Supplies Needed:dryer lint

  • Lint
  • Warm water
  • Wood frames (you can use two wood picture frames) or cardboard
  • Window screening
  • Scissors to cut the screening
  • Staple gun or hammer and nails
  • Tub
  • Blender
  • Fabric

Step 1 – First Soak the Lint
The first step is to soak the lint in warm water for at least 30 minutes. This helps the lint to break down so that it’s easier to blend during the next step. You should soak the lint in warm water until it becomes saturated and soft, the longer the better. If you have the time then soak the lint over night. You can also add other ingredients to be soaked in the water like shredded paper or leaves. Both paper and leaves will give the lint paper more body in the end.

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Step 2 – Make the Deckle and the Mold
While the lint is soaking you can make the deckle and the mold, integral parts of paper making. The mold is a frame with screening (like window screening) in the center that is used to catch the lint. The deckle is a frame without any screening. It is placed on top of the mold and gives the paper smooth edges.

Both should be the same size.

The deckle and the mold are used together: the mold on the bottom (screen facing up) and the deckle on top.

You can choose to make the frames with old wood pictures frames, or even cardboard covered in duct tape (so that it is water proof.)

Make sure the screening is pulled tightly across the frame.

To add the screening to the mold, use a staple gun or nails.

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Step 3 – Blending the Lint
The next step is to liquefy the lint in a blender.

Scoop one cup of lint and put it in the blender, then add water to fill the rest of the blender until it is close to the top.

There should be more water than lint in the blender. Blend until it is smooth and mushy.

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Step 4 – Pour the Mush in a Tub
After the lint is blended to a fine mush, pour it into a tub. I used my kitchen sink. You can also use baby bathtubs, large pans or buckets. Just keep in mind that the mold and the deckle will need to be able to fit in whatever you choose to use as your tub.

Keep blending and pouring mush into the tub until there are a few inches of mush.

Then it is time to use the deckle and the mold. Place them into the water with the mold on the bottom (screen side up) and the deckle on top.

Pour the Mush in a Tub

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Step 5 – Sifting
Sift the mold and the deckle in the water until enough lint has been evenly collected onto the screening.

Remove the mold and the deckle from the water and let it drip for a few seconds. Then remove the deckle.

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Step 6 – Off the Mold and onto the Fabric
Now place the mold face down onto a piece of fabric so that the lint is on the fabric.

Use a sponge to press the lint onto the fabric and to soak up excess water.

Then slowly lift the mold off of the fabric so that the lint is left.

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Step 7 – Last Step
If you are making multiple pieces of paper, then place another piece of fabric on top of the lint and repeat the process. Once you are finished you can add books on top of the stack of fabric to flatten out the paper and press out the water.

After several hours (mine took about 6 hours indoors) remove the books and allow the lint to completely dry.

Once the lint is dry, you have your very own Lint Paper!

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Thanks again to Ashley Amber & Instructables for sharing their eco-crafts with us!

Product of the Week – iPhone Solar Power Sleeve Charging Case

Solar Power Sleeve Charging CaseNowadays everyone has a mobile phone & most people are plugging them into grid to charge them up. But we don’t have to, we can use the more eco-friendly solution of the sun.

The Solar Power Sleeve allows you to charge your iPhone while you are out and about using solar power to keep your battery topped up. Simply slide your iPhone into the case and it’ll start charging your iPhone.

The Solar Power Sleeve also features an emergency charging slot so you can charge your other devices using the Solar Power Sleeve. Simply plug your device into the Solar Sleeve using a USB cable and the Solar Sleeve with automatically begin to charge up your device.

So stop sucking electricity from nasty power plants & start using the clean power of the sun.

Top 5 Tips To Really Green Your St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! Are you ready to celebrate the holiday in a truly Green way?

Here are the top 5 tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the eco way:St. Patrick's Day

  1. Wear Organic Green Tees: One of the biggest St. Patty’s Day triditions is to wear green or an Irish slogan T-shirt. This year, instead of just wearing any old green T-shirt, wear an organic cotton or bamboo T-shirt! That way your green tee really is Green!
  2. Drink Local Organic Beer: The other big St. Patrick’s Day tradition is a visit to the good ol’ pub! This year celebrate in an eco-friendly style by ordering an organic local beer on tap and in a re-usable glass mug of course.
  3. Avoid Plastic Disposable Decorations: This is really a no brainer for any holiday. Cheap plastic accessories such as beads and plastic shamrock rings usually just get thrown out the next day, only to end up in landfills. So this year try making your own decorations and accessories for your party or purchase items you will actually re-use.
  4. Eat Local & Organic: Another holiday favorite is to eating delicious meals. So this year try to make your Irish favorites by shopping at the local farmers market. It’s just not Green if your potato is flown from half way around the world.
  5. Tint Your Brewski With Natural Dye: Artificial food coloring is nasty stuff, especially Green No. 3, which has been prohibited in the European Union and some other countries. I recommend trying Chefmaster’s all natural green food coloring instead. It is much healthier for you & your friends.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Tip of the Week – Reduce The Brightness Of Your Computer Screen

ComputerThis is another easy tip to save on energy….Just turn down the brightness of your computer monitor.

By kicking down the brightness a few notches, will still allow for you to read the screen perfectly but will save on electricity. Plus, if you are prone to headaches reducing the brightness of anything can really help.

It’s the small things that count & will add up over time. Just watch that electricity bill drop!