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Street Finds - Wooden Chairs

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)



Another day, another find. This time a set of four wooden chairs. Maybe not the best colour in the world but these were in great shape. I would take these home myself but I have no more room. I'm just hoping someone is savvy enough to take them and revamp them. There are tons of ideas online on how to do just that.


World Environment Day - Recycling Plastic Jars

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Today is World Environment Day - I guess the idea is to stop and think about what we are doing to the planet and maybe think twice about what we personally can do to stop things from getting worse. I choose plastic peanut butter jars as my project for the day because I'm sure we all have a few similar plastic containers in our recycling bins. Why not give them a new life - at least for the short term? I'm actually making these for my little guy. 


I like using plastic containers for kids' projects for a couple of reasons: first, they are lightweight and easy for little ones to carry and, two, unlike glass jars, are unbreakable, so no worries on that score.


NOTE: The only purchase for these projects was a package of preserve jar snap lids and rings. I got mine at Home Hardware for around $5.00 for 12. I didn't need the lids but these can be turned into drinks coasters and also useful in the garden if you string a bunch together to rattle in the breeze and keep away birds!!


Make a Night Light



I created a night light for my little guy by using a recycled solar powered light. To make it more fun, I added a couple of his miniature airplanes inside. The only purchase was the metal ring used on preserve jars. The leather thong handle is actually a shoe lace from an old shoe.


Nature Jar 01 - Capture and Release




This jar was made to hold water samples from the stream near our home and from the seashore. To enable air circulation I glued a bit of netting recycled from a plastic net bag that once held store-bought garlic cloves. If you don't have this type of netting handy, you can use window screen repair kit. Use the snap lid as a template so that the screen can fit inside the lid.


I also glued some little stones on the bottom so the jar was balanced when empty. Once the little guy's had a chance to examine, photograph and/or draw what we capture in the jar, he will return the critters, etc. back to the sea or stream.


Nature Jar No. 2 - Capture and Release




If you don't know who Gerald Durrel was, you should look his books up at your local library. He wrote some very critical and also very funny books about how he got started. Anyway, the third jar is meant for collecting butterflies, insects and bugs. I add a twig for insects to rest on and some moss for the more shy critters. Again I glued a piece of netting inside the metal preserve ring for air circulation. And again, every bug or insect collected will be set free.


Sippy Cups



And don't forget my original use for these BPA free plastic containers: Sippy cups. Details here.


So - what are you doing for World Environment Day.

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Solar Power All the Way

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

For part of the year I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and I find that the folks there appear to be far ahead of us in Canada when it comes to household solar energy power. Most of the buildings in the area where we live have solar panels on the roofs whether it's an apartment building or a private home. All our hot water and heating needs are provided very efficiently by the solar panels on the roof of our building. However, in Ottawa, it's rare to see a home or building with any signs of solar energy panels except for a few solar powered path lights. Considering how little sunlight Edinburgh gets compared to Ottawa (it rains a lot there!!), it seems remiss of us not to consider switching over to this more environmentally efficient system. 




That said, I recently received a request from Deelat Industrial in Calgary to test out their Integrated Solar Motion Light. I had a number of friends test it out and they also were pleased, so much so, that they have not returned the units back to me!! Not to worry, right now I am located several floors up in an apartment building in downtown Ottawa and, except for the annoying pigeons who may have been seriously traumatized by this motion light when I tested it out on the balcony, this place has no need for such a light fixture so that my friends are welcome keep them.


Having solar powered motion lights as a security feature may be a small way of starting to add solar energy to your home because it does not involve any major reconstruction and hopefully, builders of new homes will see the light (ha, ha!) and start using solar energy as a viable and environmentally sound alternative to traditional heating and lighting systems. Think of the jobs this could create!!


Check out Deelat Industrial's outdoor solar lighting products here.


Ciao.

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Earth Day Recycling Fun

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you think the whole of idea of recycling is too much work and no fun, you may want to think again. Take a lesson from kids, for example. Like most kids, when my daughter was little, she preferred the box that her gift came in to the gift inside. Something we should all consider because it's often the little things actually make the difference and each one of us can at least consider that one little thing we can do each day and even have a little fun in the process.


Here are a couple of green ideas for you:


Hanging Gardens



Kids really love this type of gardening - I think they like the idea of being able to move the plants around. Anyway, we did cheat a little here and used grocery store herbs instead of waiting for seeds to sprout. But it shows that anyone can have a garden no matter how small a place they've got.


Sprouting Eggs



You can start a garden in anything. These little sprouts can go directly into your garden or garden container. Just remember to crush the eggshell slightly so the roots can get out.


Hope your Earth Day is special and keep on recycling all year round.