Category: Green Sustainability

  • Christmas Trees From Recycled Paper

    After yesterday’s rant about cell phones, I thought it best to return to more festive topics. If you want to create a unique Christmas tree without the bother of needles all over the place, you can make them out of magazines, calendar books, even Post-it notes. The above tree is tabletop size and can be […]

  • Recycling Toothpaste Tubes

    What do you do with your empty toothpaste tube? Well, I normally toss them into the plastics recycling bin after squeezing out every tiny bit of the toothpaste. Other folks have better ideas. One is the cute little change purse that I bought at a fair in Edinburgh. The other is this neat little toothpaste […]

  • Recycling Old Cutlery

    If you’ve got some old cutlery that’s, well,cluttering up your drawers, why not recycle these into something useful and attractive. All you need is a hammer, pliers, and a bit of imagination. Oh, and maybe a good drill with a bit for drilling through metal! Fork Picture or Art Easel I made these fork art […]

  • Rescue And Recycle Those Old Chairs

    You don’t have to toss out your old chairs or spend a lot of money to recover them. Take a look at how easy it is to rescue and reuse your old seating. Recover a Drop-in Seat Take a chair, any old chair that has a seat that needs replacing. It’s fairly easy to recover […]

  • How To Recycle CD Jewel Cases

    CD/DVD jewel cases are made of non-biodegradable materials; they will not decompose in a landfill, and destruction by burning is toxic. If your community has a Take It Back program, such as the one in Ottawa, you can find companies that specialize in recycling the cases. There are also companies online that will recycle these […]

  • 5 Ways to Recycle Old Umbrellas

    The day started with a fierce rain storm but after it stopped and the sun came out, I spotted this brolly up a tree. It seemed like a good idea to see what could be done with old umbrellas that didn’t survive nature’s wrath. So if the wind and rain have caught up your favorite […]

  • 10 Top Ways to Recycle Rubber Bands

    Okay, I know you probably have dozens of ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose rubber bands. I know I do. My weirdest way was to use a bunch as bracelets to a picnic when I couldn’t find any bangles to match my dress. Weird because a lot of folks asked me where I bought them!! […]

  • Thanksgiving Maple Leaf Wreath

    Today is trash day in our neighbourhood and I watched as two enterprising guys hit the street before the city garbage trucks. One guy totally dismantled a discarded barbecue in about 5 minutes flat and stowed it away in the wooden wagon attached to his bike. The other guy picked up an old (but – […]

  • Ah, Plastic!

    Bottles, Jars, Tubs As much as we hate ’em, plastic containers are great candidates for recycling; they’re lighter than glass bottles; and won’t shatter if you accidentally drop one. It’s easy to see what’s inside, if the container is clear; if not, you can easily write the contents on it with a marker. Welcome a […]