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The ever-growing emphasis on environmentalism has certainly impacted consumers of all age groups. Whether it's food, clothing or even the appliances you bring into your home, consumers have turned what once seemed daunting into a trendy, feel-good practice that all can enjoy.

 

Here are some trend-worthy tips on how you can be even kinder to Mother Nature:

 

• Up-cycling is the new recycling. We've all heard of recycling our clothes but what about up-cycling? This sustainable concept encourages consumers to convert potentially wasted material into new materials or products, extending the items' lifetimes. YouTube and Pinterest are swarming with fun and catchy ideas on how you can turn anything from drab to fab.

 

• Save your H2O. There are loads of tips available to consumers on how to save water around the house. One area often focused on by energy specialists is water consumption in the shower. For example, a product by Delta Faucet called H2OKinetic gives you a brand new shower experience. Within each showerhead is an internal system that controls the speed, movement and droplet size of the water, creating the feeling of more water than a standard shower flowing at the same rate. Additional details can be found at www.deltafaucet.ca.

 

• Just cool it. With almost half of a home's energy consumed by heating and cooling, it's often recommended to keep an eye on the thermostat. Industry experts agree that every degree below 20◦C during colder weather can shed 3-5% off your energy consumption. New technologies in thermostats to control temperatures remotely from a cell phone makes this task a cinch.

 

• Clean the green way. Want to skip the chemical cleaners? Why not consider using common household items to help keep your home spit-spot? Not only will cleaning with simple ingredients such as plain soap, water, baking soda, vinegar or lemon juice save you money, it can also be gentle to our planet. Check out Pinterest for a plethora of uses from these seemingly-simple ingredients.

 

There are countless tips about reducing our carbon footprint. These simple yet practical tips can help your family become 'environmentally trendy'.

 

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How awesome would it be to reuse an old piece of furniture or any household items and transform it into another piece of furniture or art?  We've gathered a few ideas that are on our top 10 list of great recycled projects for you and with a little bit of elbow grease, glue gun and creativity, I'm sure we can make something great while saving our wonderful blue planet!

 

1.Lampshade Made of Bookpages by Zipper8 Lighting

paper lamps

 

2. Seagrass Table made out of a Tire!

Pinned Image

 

3. Lamp Made from Motorcycle Parts by Betsy Ryland

motorcycle lamp

 

4. Rug Made from T-Shirts by Xoelle

t-shirt rug

 

5. Bookshelf Made of Books by Not Tom

nontraditional bookshelves

 

6. Make a Messenger Bag out of Trash Bags

 

 

7. Plastic Bag Crochet

 

8.Mirror frame made with bottle caps


9. Upcycle old tires for Pets



10. The tire that became a toy



I think these are all wonderful ideas that we can try at home, just to do our little part in helping our environment.  Try at least one of them, take a picture of your project and email it to me and your item will be featured in my next newsletter!!!

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