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The Green Recap for October 6th, 2014

We’re excited to introduce our new series “The Green Recap!” Every 2-3 weeks, we’ll bring to you all of the great green and eco-friendly content published by our family of brands. It’s our way of sharing new and fun ideas with our readers in a single place. We hope you enjoy! And if there’s anything new and interesting you’d like us to write about, please send us an e-mail!

7 Family-Friendly Crafts for Fall: Acorns and Apples for Everyone!

Easy and Green Home Improvement Projects for Fall - Part 1

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  • Finally, Direct Energy customers can now enroll in our Support Green program! For a mere $5.00 on each bill, we’ll purchase a Renewable Energy Credit to offset 1,000 kWh of non-renewable energy. This investment increases the amount of renewable energy going to the Texas electricity grid so that we can bring down the price of green energy.

Do you have any news about developments in green living or green energy? Please share with us!

irecyclart:

I took an old guitar that i couldn’t save, removed the back and made shelves from the left material, and the inner structural wood of the guitar. The only two materials are one guitar and carpenter’s glue, that’s it! (via The last acord of the spices guitar)

Pluck a new chord with this busted guitar by having it pen a few new tunes as a spice rack.

irecyclart:

I took an old guitar that i couldn’t save, removed the back and made shelves from the left material, and the inner structural wood of the guitar. The only two materials are one guitar and carpenter’s glue, that’s it! (via The last acord of the spices guitar)

Pluck a new chord with this busted guitar by having it pen a few new tunes as a spice rack.

(via recycledhomes)

10 Eco-Friendly DIY Halloween Costumes

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Growing up, my mom always made our Halloween costumes. As a child, I never remember going to a party store to search for costumes that everyone else would have. We never spent money on purchasing costumes – my memories are of her putting thought and love into our costumes. And I remember how excited I would get when I saw the finished product.   

Each October, all of the kids in our neighborhood would begin to think long and hard about what we wanted to be for Halloween. It was a big deal. We all chose costumes that were personal and unique to us. Some kids dressed up in traditional costumes such as ghosts and witches, while other kids dressed up as tables using old cardboard boxes. Costumes like these were simple, but yet completely our own.

As a parent, I really love the idea of simplifying. Saving money or not spending anything at all, while recycling and reusing what we already have, is an easy and inexpensive way to go when it comes to Halloween costumes. Choosing not to purchase store bought plastics and synthetic costumes gives us a chance to create a truly personal costume for our children that no one else will have. Store-bought costumes usually cannot be recycled effectively, and they take up space in landfills. We all can do our part to be a little more environmentally responsible this Halloween. Encourage your children to get involved with helping to make their costumes with you and use this quality time together to teach them the importance of caring for their environment. 

With that in mind, check out these 10 eco-friendly DIY Halloween costume ideas that are relatively simple to create.

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1)     Get creative and use what you already have. You can always find great Halloween costumes by searching through your kids’ dress up bins. We have firefighter hats from school trips to the fire station, tiaras and princess dresses, wands, doctor kits, fairy wings, and jewelry that can all be used to create a one of a kind costume. Eye patches can be used for a pirate costume, and magic cards and magic tricks can be used for a magician. The possibilities are endless and you are staying green by not having to throw away any of these items.

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