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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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10 Ways to Bring the Green to Your Halloween Party

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Parents tend to be a little more concerned nowadays with things being more eco-friendly.  And we think that’s a very good thing. Learning to be green can only help to shape and restore a better environment for everyone, especially when you work into both everyday life and special events.  Thus, if you are hosting a Halloween party this year, you can create some wonderful memories with your family and friends while being environmentally responsible at the same time.

And since it’s easier and cheaper to pull this off than you may think, we wanted to share 10 different ways to bring the green to your next Halloween party.

Decorations and Party Supplies

1)    Make sure you buy items that can be recycled.  Plates, cups, bowls, and utensils should meet this mark. Use decorations that are recyclable or go a step further and take the “Use What You Have” approach with the decorations.  Many of us put decorations out each year, put them away, and take them out the again next year.  There really is no need to hit the store and load up on items that may be non-recyclable and then thrown away. 

2)    Our local farm and nursery hosts a gourd hunt for the kids every October. The event is free, and it’s a great way to spend time with the family since the kids have a blast searching for hidden gourds all around the farm. We also get to bring our collected gourds home to use for Halloween decorations. Check out your local farm or nursery to see if your area offers any family friendly activities like this.

Party food

3)    The food itself can easily be green in nature.  Use organic vegetables from local farms for the famous “veggie tray”.  Go a step further and make an organic dip to go with the veggies. This organic dip recipe is simple to make and a great way to get the kids involved.

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4)     This time of year is famous for apple picking in many parts of the country. Spend the afternoon at a local farm with the family and pick up some apples for your party.  Use this as another opportunity to support local growers. The locally grown apples can be used in a variety of yummy recipes that will infuse your party with the nuance of the season. 

5)    The number of healthy snack options available at grocery stores has been increasing. Take the time to seek out such items as they are easier to purchase in most stores. 

6)    Look for cheeses and other foods coming from sources that do not use hormones or antibiotics with their animals. This contributes dramatically to preserving soil and natural environments.

Activities

7)    Through much trial and error, I have learned that what really matters when planning a party is focusing on the fun instead of all the extra stuff. Keeping it simple is best when it comes to hosting any type of party. Kids are not going to care or remember if you spent a lot of money, but they will remember the little details of how much fun they had and how the party made them feel. That is what really counts.

8)    The kids always love bobbing for apples, and this activity also makes for a healthy treat – compared to all that candy typically associated with Halloween.

9)    The Musical Monsters  game is so much fun and is always requested at our Halloween parties.

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10)  These milk jug ghosts were a huge hit at a Halloween party that we attended last year. The kids had a great time making this craft and the best part is that we can reuse them year after year for Halloween decorations.

What are some ideas you have for making your Halloween party a green success?

Green Halloween Wallpaper image courtesy of jelene.

The Science of Leaves Changing Color

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With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer and colder, I bet you’ve noticed the leaves in the trees are changing color. Just two or three weeks ago, it was fairly subtle, but as we head deeper into the fall weather of October, trees are ready to flash their foliage finale before winter weather arrives.

The science behind this process is as beautiful as the variety of colors we see because it’s all elegantly based on sugar, sun light, pigment, and temperature.

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Leaves are basically food factories for tree — in other words, good ol’ photosynthesis. Leaves are flooded with the green pigment chlorophyll that uses sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water to make glucose (a.k.a. sugar or sap) and oxygen. The trees give off the oxygen and the transport the glucose into their trunk and roots in order to grow.

But as the days get shorter with the advent of fall weather, leaves make less and less glucose. As the process begins to slow down, trees store glucose away for winter and stop producing green chlorophyll. As the chlorophyll fades from the leaves, the other pigments Carotenoids, Tannins, and Anthocyanins are revealed.

The carotenoids pigments of yellow, orange, and red are all present during the growing season. Tannins are the browns and represent the waste products in the leaves that make them taste bitter.

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Carotenoids and tannins can produce a variety of colors. For example, oaks tend to have brown or russet colored leaves, while Poplars and ash will produce orange to brilliant yellows, hickory golden to dark bronze. 

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Anthocyanins are reds and purples (the same pigment in strawberries, raspberries, and plums) and help shield aging fall leaves from intense sunlight.

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When fall weather has warm, sunny days, leaves fill an upper layer with anthocyanin pigment to protect photosynthetic tissues underneath. This helps the trees produce extra glucose. Not surprisingly, maple trees, especially sugar maples, don their best scarlet and crimson outfits, as do sumac and red oak.

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So, if you’re anything like us, you love the fall because you get to experience all of these beautiful colors in full effect. But isn’t it nice to understand the science of leaves changing color? Think of how many people you can impress with this knowledge at holiday parties!

unconsumption:


Barcelona and London based TAPEgear creates eco-friendly tech cases and sleeves for your laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The latest collection released from this environmentally-aware design team is SHRED, a line of sleeves for your iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and laptop. The colorful SHRED sleeves are made out of 100% textile waste from used clothing and household fabrics.

(via SHRED: Tech Cases Made from 100% Recycled Textile Waste - Design Milk)

Looking for sustainable cases for your electronic devices? Check out these designs from SHRED - they’re made from 100% recycled textile waste like used clothing and household fabrics.

unconsumption:

Barcelona and London based TAPEgear creates eco-friendly tech cases and sleeves for your laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The latest collection released from this environmentally-aware design team is SHRED, a line of sleeves for your iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and laptop. The colorful SHRED sleeves are made out of 100% textile waste from used clothing and household fabrics.

(via SHRED: Tech Cases Made from 100% Recycled Textile Waste - Design Milk)

Looking for sustainable cases for your electronic devices? Check out these designs from SHRED - they’re made from 100% recycled textile waste like used clothing and household fabrics.

innovativegreenliving:

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How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? We tell you some tips to make it happen -

1. Save energy to save money.

• Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
• Install…

These are 10 really helpful tips for learning how to go green in daily life while taking your budget into account. And for each major tip, there are 3-4 sub-tips to help you implement these green practices into your everyday routines.