Artist Transforms Old Books, VHS and Cassette Tapes

Brian Dettmer Redefines Form And Function Brian Dettmer creates amazing sculptures by recycling old cassette tapes, VHS tapes, communication devices, books, maps and other media. Originally from Chicago, Dettmer studied at Columbia College, and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. We can all relate to constantly changing technology, and…

Infographic: The Environmental Impact of Video Games

Just what is green gaming anyway? This is a developing trend as gamers recognize the environmental impact of their games and gaming consoles. More than four out of every ten U.S. households own a video game console, and video games are a very popular gift during the holidays. The infographic below highlights what a difference…

Wad It Up Real Tight! Newspaper Recycling at its Finest

10 Ways Newspaper is Recycled Ever hear how the most popular sections of the newspaper are weather and sports, but what about the most interesting newspaper crafts and products? Newspapers are very easy to recycle, as most cities accept them directly in a curbside bin. Newspaper makes for excellent kindling, and many people use it…

Draft Beer Keg Tap Handles Make Great Gifts

Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day and you’ve got beer drinking on your mind, or you or your friend simply enjoys beer and homebrewing, vintage tap handles make for fun gifts. It’s possible to come across these in thrift stores and antique shops, but most the most variety is found online. A simple search for tap…

Trashion Shows are All the Rage

A dress made of Capri Sun halves and a plastic trash bag, a chic cocktail dress made from coffee filters, another dress made of 2-liter soda bottles…bubble wrap pasties- what IS this? It can only mean one thing: A Trashion Show! Who says you have to go out and buy yards of expensive fabric? Trashion…

Beyond the Dumpster: Responsible Junk Hauling

Decluttering your home may mean piles of stuff you don’t know what to do with. You may not have the time or a big enough truck to deal with it yourself, or perhaps you can’t find anyone on Craigslist to buy it from you or take it away on the Freecycle Network. Besides posting something…

Recycled School Supplies Are Cool

The National Retail Federation estimates that parents collectively spend more than $18 billion in school gear in a year. Easily reduce these costs by recycling old school supplies. Supplies such as binders and folders can be reused from year to year or passed down from one class to the next. This practice not only saves…

Recycling in Your Backyard

The warmer months have us spending more time outdoors enjoying backyards with get-togethers and garden parties. Use these recycling ideas to get the most from your backyard activities, and save money while you’re at it. Why shell out for a fancy metal fire pit when a DIY fire pit is one of the easiest things…

Can You Recycle Pizza Boxes

There’s a lot of confusion about whether or not you can recycle pizza boxes. They’re made of cardboard and they have a recycle symbol on them, so what’s the problem right? The Trouble With Recycling Pizza Boxes Well, have you noticed how oil separates from water? That’s part of why used pizza boxes can’t be…

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on a Picnic

Precycling on a Picnic Picnics in the park are a great way to enjoy warmer weather. You may already “Pack Your Trash” as suggested by signs across the country, but we’ve got ways to reduce trash altogether. This is a technique called precycling, and it saves money while reducing waste. Precycling is a way of…

Great Recycled Mothers Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gift Guide She spent years of her life wiping your bum, so this Mother’s Day treat your mother right! Everlasting Bouquet These flowers are made from recycled tin, which will offer a nice colorful and cheery bouquet for a long, long time. Remember that if you choose to buy Mum a real bouquet,…

Does Size Really Matter?

It seems to be the cycle that once small, natural product companies with an investment in sustainability achieve success, they are soon bought up by much larger, multinational corporate conglomerates. Supporting and promoting recycling and recycled products, this issue affects all us sustainably-minded consumers. A given corporate website may boast dozens of brands under their…

5 Ways to Recycle Baseball Bats

Recycling in Full Swing That “crack of the bat” sound brings back memories of our national pastime, but it seems any Major League Baseball game involves at least one broken bat. Most baseball bats are made out of wood, more specifically white ash and maple. Both of these types of lumber provide a lightness and…

Reusing Plastic Water Bottles the Smart Way

Is It Safe To Reuse Plastic Water Bottles? If you’ve got old plastic water bottles lying around, it’s tempting to want to reuse them. If the bottle seems sturdy enough, why not right? There are several reasons why you shouldn’t reuse single-use plastic water bottles. They are not meant to be put in the dishwasher,…

Tentacles Of Trash

Take a look at this public art piece entitled Plastic Bag Monster by artist and designer of visual communications The Miha Artnak. Working with colleagues, 40,000 used plastic bags and 7,500 used plastic cups were collected from schools and facilities in Ljubljana, Slovenia. See how it spreads its plastic tentacles through the streets of Ljubljana!…