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6 Adorable Pine Cone Crafts!

pine cone craftsPine cone crafts are fun and easy, great for kids, and pretty much free if you’re willing to collect any from around your neighborhood. They make simple home decor, ornaments, or whatever your fancy. It’s one thing to add a pine cone to your wreath (or making a whole wreath from just pine cones), but transforming an ordinary pine cone into a cute animal is a worthwhile activity. Between googly eyes, acrylic paint, felt, pipe cleaners and construction paper, there’s plenty of pine cone crafts to be made! Use these quick ideas to make something of your own.

TIP: If you don’t live in an area where you can collect pine cones, they are available online on eBay.

Also, baby pines cones by themselves make a delightful addition to your table, strewn about after being collected from the forest floor.

The owl ornament pictured here was made by adding string and beads to a pine cone. Photo: moonlightbulb

pine cone crafts

pine cone crafts

pine cone crafts

pine cone crafts

The photos above come to us from LKinSC, Feathertouch, Art with Anat, and Bella Dia respectively.

Gain inspiration from the pine cone turkey kit below, which includes pre-packaged foam pieces and instructions. If you don’t want to purchase anything, you could just as easily fashion your own turkey feathers out of stuff found around the house such as construction paper.pine cone crafts

And of course there’s instant seasonal decor by adding glitter to pine cones to spruce them up.

Also check out Pine Cone Classics, a picture book featuring 30 additional beautiful pine cone crafts. Happy crafting!

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5 Packaging Tips for Less Waste

Sustainability is larger than recycling alone, and buying products that have packaging that can be recycled is a smart thing to do. Packaging and shipping items, particularly around the holidays, ends up producing a lot of waste. Packaging makes up approximately 30% by weight and 50% by volume of the typical waste that gets sent to landfills. For this portion of the waste stream alone, your actions have enormous potential to reduce waste.

Luckily, USPS has adopted some excellent recycling practices, so the materials you use to ship are pretty green to start with. Here are 5 things to think about when packaging and shipping items:

1. Use smaller boxes. Reduce the need for packaging filler. Ask yourself: Do you really need a box within a box within a box with five newspapers?

2. Reuse stuff you already have. A little filler padding is good. Find sources around your house or office: crumbled newspapers, shredded computer paper, rolled-up cardboard, plastic bags- all of these make for great padding around your fragile items.

sustainable packaging3. Consider the items you’re shipping. Some items need little or no packaging. Remember when CDs were new and we thought they were so fragile? Have you seen how light and simple the Netfix mailers are for DVDs? You’d be surprised what items are more durable than you think. This will reduce shipping costs as well.

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5 Fun Recycled Gifts for Pet Lovers

We’ve found some of the best gifts for pet lovers that are also made from recycled materials. Your pet is part of your family too, and it’s super cute to include them in the holiday gift-giving fun. Even when the holidays are over, there’s still cat and doggie birthdays to think about, or condolence gifts for after a trip to the vet. Pets give you love and affection, and occasionally pee on your floor- the least you can do is give them a little gift to show you care. Even if you don’t own a pet yourself (yet or right now), these will bring a smile to the face of a proud pet owner you might know.

gifts for pet loversYou guys, seriously, this is a cat scratching toy made from recycled cardboard. You need to own it, even if you don’t have a cat.

gifts for pet lovers

Next is a cat teepee made from 100% recycled cardboard. Now your cat will be able to lounge about in even more style. Hurry up because this one tends to sell out fast.

gifts for pet loversHere’s an all-in-one kit that provides everything you need to grow barley grass for your dog. Why, you ask? Barley grass is loaded with vitamins and calcium, which support overall wellness, and provides fiber for digestive health. Just trim the leaves as they grow and feed them by hand or sprinkled over your dog’s food. The kit is made in the USA and even comes in a recycled steel bowl that can be used as a food dish once the grass is gone.

There is also a version for a cat grass kit that grows wheat grass, which provides a number of nutrients and fiber to help with hairballs. It’s organic seeds in both cases.gifts for pet loversInspired by her firefighter husband, designer Lori Burley sparked on the idea of crafting used fire hoses into unique, recycled accessories. Rounding out our look at recycled gifts for pet lovers, her dog collar and leash pictured above are made in Colorado from the super-durable fire hose material, and reinforced with the hoses’ actual rubber lining for extra strength. When your dog pees on a fire hydrant, things come full circle.

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Fun Recycled Holiday Gifts for Computer Geeks

Help keep waste out of landfills by purchasing awesome recycled gifts! The perfect gift is not only really cool but environmentally responsible. E-waste is a global problem, but there are ways to become a small part of the solution. First of all, always dispose of old electronics responsibly. This usually means donating them or finding a responsible recycler such as one found on the e-Steward network. Second, take a look at this sampling of gifts for computer geeks below made from recycled circuit boards, a novel and creative way to reuse piles of accumulated electronic waste. They all make nice gifts for anyone into computers or other programmers and software-coder types. Remember, a small amount of your purchase through the cool recycled gift links below not only supports our site, but helps to close the recycling loop.  gifts for computer geeks

Assemble the pieces in this kit to create a light-up LED Christmas tree made from a recycled LED motherboard. It even comes with a 9-Volt battery, and will obviously look great on your desk or table. Remember, LED stands for light-emitting diodes, and these lights are energy-efficient and mercury-free. Using LED lights for your holiday lighting needs is a smart choice.

 

gifts for computer geeks

What is battery operated, can be used anywhere, stores flat, sets up in seconds, and lights sequentially? Your very own recycled motherboard menorah! People say the best part is not having to worry about any mishaps with fire as there might be with a traditional menorah using wax candles.gifts for computer geeksPicture this: One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S. A huge amount of what is labeled as “e-waste” is actually not waste at all! Instead, electronic parts are readily reused. Save it from a landfill and buy recycled circuit board frames.

gifts for computer geeks

The recycled circuit board box above has a black-stained wood interior and foam base to prevent scratching. Perfect for storing USB memory sticks or other knick-knacks.

recycled gifts circuit board

For the last but not least of the gifts for computer geeks, the business card case above is distinctive and because it is recycled, each one will have varied colors and patterns.

Keep reading articles on our website for tons of recycling tips such as where to donate and recycle your old electronics.

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Advent Calendar Ideas: Recycled Countdown to Christmas

Advent calendars are a great way to count down the days remaining until Christmas. Containing small surprises like a photo, note, or piece of candy, keeping track of the days will be tons of fun. While you may see some available to buy at stores around town, it’s also really easy and fun to make your own advent calendar out of recycled materials. Here are a few advent calendar ideas that can easily be made from recycled items found around the house.

2-D: Make Your Own Advent Calendar

Make a two-dimensional advent calendar with an old cereal box.

advent calendar ideas

Start by cutting away the sides of the cereal box, leaving the front and back panels.

Gather your equipment. This example uses old magazines and Christmas cards to create a collage image, but you could use paint, markers, crayons, etc. This is also another way to reuse the tons of holiday catalogs that come pouring in this time of year. A new twist: An advent calendar is cute for a countdown to someone’s birthday as well. In this case, try photos of you together, or of the person throughout the years.

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