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5 Ways to Upcycle Items Into Garden Containers

A big part of being environmentally conscious is knowing when to reuse and when to recycle. Both, along with reducing waste and resource use, are crucial parts of protecting the planet. They are also elements to our lives that will, over time, become second nature as we push forward into a more eco-friendly age. The […]

November 1st

Save a Pumpkin, Save the Planet? Halloween Waste & Where to Start

Forewarning: this may start out dismal, but stick with me!

We’ve found ourselves somehow in mid-October, and whatever your feelings are on that (be it terror that Christmas is approximately only 60 some days away or pure exuberance that Halloween is now just around the corner), when it comes to our planet and food, we’re unfortunately about to see a double amount of waste during the upcoming months.

Let’s start with pumpkins. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), we Americans have created a demand for approximately 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins per year. Pumpkins with which we will, for the most part, use for carving and traditional fall décor, after which point, we will toss them in the trash to be tossed into the local landfill.

October 21st

Green-Planet-Inspired Art

A green planet is a planet that is going to last longer and remain healthier because it involves recycling, reusing, and reducing to create a safer, happier and healthier environment. Many art projects are now taking on a green or eco-friendly focus because people want to place more emphasis on being sustainable and environmentally aware.

September 11th

3-4 Tips for Getting Started Bicycling

I write about cool bike stories here a lot, since bicycling is both one the best ways to green your life and is one of the best ways to make your life more relaxing, healthier, and more enjoyable.

But, one of the things I strive for here on Planetsave is finding ways to help people make positive changes in their lives, not just talk about how cool green living is.

September 1st

5 Green Back-to-School Tips

A representative of used clothing recycler USagain shot me these 5 green back-to-school tips via email. I think they’re good tips, so posting them here. Green your back-to-school preparation with these 5 tips (and more)!

August 30th

Bicycling Facts Infographic (+ Top Green Living Posts)

Just ran across this great infographic on bicycling facts and the future of bicycling on our sister site sustainablog and, of course, wanted to share it on here. It’s the feature green living “story” of the day. The infographic is from our friends over at Well Home Energy Audit. Check it out and enjoy!

August 19th

Can You be an Environmentalist without Eating Green? (+ Top Green Living Stories)

Food is something we don’t write about a lot here on Planetsave, leaving that more to our sister site Eat Drink Better. But it’s a critical part of a green life. Think about how much food you eat and compare that to how many clothes you buy or how many other products you buy…. There’s no comparison.

Food is a huge part of our environmental footprint. Livestock, alone, account for somewhere between 18% and 51% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, depending on who you ask. They contribute to a number of other water and environmental quality problems as well. Plus, they use a huge amount of our limited freshwater. Food is also transported all over the world, using tons of energy and creating tons of emissions, and it is packaged in environmentally unfriendly plastic and paper products. So, the question is, can you be an environmentalist if you don’t green your diet? (And, what exactly qualifies as greening your diet anyway?)

August 18th

High Gas Prices Putting Canadians on Bikes & in Zipcars (+ Top Green Living Stories)

Cities around the world have blossoming bike sharing programs. But unlike blossoming flowers, these programs will both make people smile AND reduce their allergies. How, exactly? Well, increasing allergies is one predicted (and I think already occurring) result of global climate change. And bicycling for transportation purposes is one of the best options for combating climate change.

August 17th

Solar PV Electric Tricycle (+ Top Green Living Stories)

This is pretty cool. A young dude from Pakistan with a creative spirit has created a solar-powered electric tricycle. Farrukh Khan spent about $550 to create the bike and may eventually sell it. He’s provided a “detailed photo and a design template on the Instructables website for a small monthly subscription fee ($1.95 – 3.95),” Glenn Meyers of our sister site CleanTechnica reports.

August 10th

Top 5 Websites That Make Recycling Easy

Most of us have plenty of old stuff at home we no longer use or need because the household utilities are no longer functional, clothes are old-fashioned and gadgets have just got boring (and you are planning newer and better replacements)

Would you like to unclutter or simplify your lifestyle? So before heading towards the green trash bin, take a look at these websites and find a new life for your old stuff.

August 9th

Inexpensive Ways to Green Your Home

While we all want to do our part to save the planet, some changes require more expense and effort than the average homeowner is willing to commit. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to make major changes in your home in order to green-up. Every little change you make will add up over time. Start with the mantra we’ve all heard: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Beyond that, here are a few more ideas that won’t cost you much. Some will even save you money.

July 1st

Glass Straws Help Keep You Green And Refreshed

In an effort to be more green, many of us have started toting reusable plastic or aluminum water bottles around with us instead of buying bottled water on the go. Choosing reusable items over products that have to be recycled is one of the best things we can do for our planet. Recycling is good but not having to recycle at all is even better.

June 25th

3 Affordable iPhone Apps for the Gardener on a Budget

There is no way to be a casual gardener. Once you begin you become obsessed, and with good reason. The process of gardening is incredibly cathartic and calming. It eases stress, boosts energy, is good for the body and can help clear the mind. The end results are often beneficial, whether in the look of a flower bed and the sweet smell of its blooms, or the use of vegetables and herbs in your daily cooking. Is it any wonder it is such a popular pass time even in the modern age?

June 15th