Author Archives: Carin Lynn

Home Depot Recycles Holiday Lights

home depot logoHome Depot begins its 2nd annual Eco Options Christmas Light Trade In event starting November 5th through the 15th. Customers can bring in their old working or non-working holiday lights to be recycled. They will receive a $3 off coupon towards the purchase of energy efficient seasonal light-emitting diodes (LED) string lights. Customers must purchase their new LED lights between November 5th – 15th and are limited to five redemptions.

Top 7 Tips To A Tree-Free Home

Reusable Message BoardMake your home a more Green one by making it a tree-free one. Here are the top 7 tips to a tree-free home:

1- Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins
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Replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels
3- If you print documents, print on once-used paper and/or bleach-free, recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available (or hemp/alternative-source paper)
4- Create & use note pads from once-used paper
5- Leave messages for family members/roommates on a reusable message board
6- Make your own cards/letters from once-used products or handmade paper
7- If you will be doing construction on your house, search out alternatives to using newly cut wood

6 Eco-Friendly Halloween Crafts For Kids

Eco-Friendly Halloween CraftsLooking for something fun to do this weekend with the little ones? How about getting a little crafty?

Here are 6 super easy Halloween craft projects that use everyday items that you most likely have laying around the house. Kids of all ages can participate in making these spooky fun decorations. And not to mention…you are recycling & reusing what most would consider to be trash.

Egg Carton Bats
Materials:
Egg carton, Black Paint, Googly Eyes, Yarn (any color), String, Scissors, Glue, Paint Brush
Directions:
1. Separate three cups from an egg carton using scissors.
2. Cut out part of the bottoms of each end cup to look like bat wings.
3. Paint all three cups black including the underside and let dry.
4. Glue two googly eyes and yarn for a mouth on the middle cup.
5. Thread a string through the top of the middle cup to hang.

Egg Carton Spider
Materials:
Egg Carton Cup, Black Paint, Googly Eyes, Black Pipe Cleaners, Paint Brush, Scissors, Yarn (any color)
Directions:
1. Separate one cup from an egg carton using scissors.
2. Paint the egg carton cup black and let dry.
3. Using the point of the scissors make four holes along each side of the cup.
4. Place a pipe cleaner in each hole for the legs, curving them to maintain a standing position.
5. Glue on googly eyes and yarn for a mouth.

Milk Jug Pumpkin
Materials:
Gallon Milk Jug, Orange Paint, Glue, Black Permanent Marker or Construction Paper, Paint Brush
Directions:
1. Mix orange paint and glue together (about 1/4 cup glue to one cup of paint). This helps the paint stick to the container without any peeling.
2. Paint the entire milk jug orange and let dry. Apply another coat of paint after first coat dries for a darker coat.
3. After paint has fully dried you can decorate the milk jug with a pumpkin face using either a black permanent marker or cutting out pumpkin face pieces from black construction paper and gluing them on the jug.
4. As an added effect, you can place a large flashlight behind the jug to shine through. Or place a smaller flashlight that stays lit inside the jug.

Pumpkin Masks
Materials:
Paper Plates, Yarn, Crayons or Markers or Paint or Construction Paper, Glue, Scissors, Hole Punch
Directions:
1. Take a paper plate and color or paint it orange using crayon, marker or paint.
2. Decorate with a jack-o-lantern face. Using either black crayon, marker, paint or cut out pieces of black construction paper and glue on.
3. Using the hole puncher, punch a hole on each side of the plate near the edges.
4. Lace yarn through each hole and tie yarn.

Ghost Windsock
Materials:
Cylinder Shaped Cardboard Container (ex. oatmeal container), White Construction Paper, Tape, White Gallon Trash Bag, Black Construction Paper, Glue, Scissors
Directions:
1. Measure out the length of the cardboard container on the white construction paper and cut paper so it will be long enough to wrap around the cardboard container.
2. Tape paper to the container.
3. Decorate white paper with a ghostly face cutting out black eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and gluing them on the white paper.
4. Cut strips 1″ to 2″ in width from a white trash bag to any length desired.
5. Tape one end from each strip to the open end of the container along the walls.

Toilet Tissue Roll Bat
Materials:
Empty Toilet Tissue Roll, Black Paint, Black and White Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue, Black and Red Marker
Directions:
1. Paint toilet tissue roll black and let dry.
2. Trace two bat wings and two triangle shaped ears on the black paper and cut out.
3. Cut two small triangle shaped fangs, a small circle for a nose and two circles for the eyes from the white paper.
4. Glue on construction paper pieces to the toilet tissue roll.

Thanks to Kiwi Magazine for the great Halloween craft ideas!

Tip of the Week – Natural Halloween Decorations

natural decorationsThink green before you buy a bunch of orange & black disposable decorations this Halloween. I recommend buying natural items like pumpkins, gourds, straw bales and corn husks, which are all inexpensive, very festive and can be tossed in the compost pile after the holiday to minimize waste. Reusable decorations that can be used from year to year also help save money in the long run and of course reduce waste over all.

Product of the Week – GLO Pens

GLO Pens are part of a new eco organization (Global Learning Outreach) that is providing sustainable solutions & donating their profits to education. The eco-friendly pens are made out of recycled cardboard and corn-plastic. Launching this year in NYC, they have partnered with a few specialty stores in Manhattan & Brooklyn, including the famous Strand Bookstore by NYU, Chelsea Market, and a variety of local boutiques.

Check out their video & site for more information:

Tip of the Week – Make Your Halloween Costume This Year, Don’t Buy It

Homemade Halloween CostumeStore bought costumes are often full of synthetic materials that are totally NOT eco-friendly, and most store-bought costumes are in general a wear-once-then-throw away affair adding to our overflowing landfills. So, I suggest that you make your own Halloween costume this October from stuff you already have around the house.

Not only will your costume be the most unique on your block, it will be also be green.

And we all know that the coolest costumes can’t be bought anyway.

Homemade Pen Holder From Recycled Jewel Cases

I loveJewelCasePenHolder craft projects! Especially the ones that allow you to recycle & reuse what some would consider to be trash.

Checkout this unique, super functional pen holder made out of recycled jewel cases.

You will need the following:

  • 4 slim jewel cases
  • clear packing tape
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • safety goggles / glasses

Step 1
Open 2 jewel cases and face them toward each other to form a cube (w/no top or bottom yet). Tape the corners.

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Step 2
Separate hinged sides of 3rd jewel case. Snap off hinges.

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Step 3
Tape the side with broken hinges to the bottom of the cube.

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Step 4
Separate the 4th jewel case and break the hinges off of it as well.

Step 5
Create 1st divider. Insert side with broken hinges into the cube and tape in place.

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Step 6
Trim one of the front cover sides by scoring along the line that it is already there. Butt the knife against the line and place medium pressure. Score only once. Snap off at scored line. Holding each side, bend back and forth until plastic breaks off. (This may take a 2nd try luckily you should have a spare cover). You will get it right by the second try, it’s really easy.

WARNING – Watch out for flying pieces of plastic. Safety goggles or glasses should probably be worn.

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Step 7
Create 2nd divider. Insert the trimmed piece into the cube and tape in place.

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Step 8
You can decorate the outside with fun images if you wish or just with all your pen, pencils & sharpies.

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Thanks to Amy for sharing her awesome crafting ideas at Craft Chi!

Product of the Week – Eco-Friendly Natural Palm Wax Bleeding Skull Candle

Eco-Friendly Natural Palm Wax Bleeding Skull CandleOctober is here!

Time to decorate the house & yard with fun Halloween gear. Like this super neat bleeding skull candle made from 100% all natural palm wax. This eco-friendly candle is 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ high and will actually start to ooze a realistic blood-like red wax after about 30 minutes of burn time. The kids will love it!

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