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Do It Yourself Vertical Garden


How To Make A Do It Yourself Vertical Garden

Anyone who loves gardening and lives in an apartment or house without a big yard knows the disappointment of not having the space available to grow plants. But now, thanks to the increasingly popular “Do It Yourself Vertical Garden,” you can make planters that allow you to capitalize on the vertical space that almost everyone has. These planters are perfect for outside on a balcony or sun deck, or inside in an area with good sunlight. They’re very popular for growing herbs, but you can also add small flowering plants to make it more decorative. There are a number of different methods for making vertical planters yourself: The best approach depends on your personal preference, space, and the tools you have available to you…

Earth Day Tips for Going Green

40 Earth Day Tips For Going Green


Earth Day was originally conceived by environmental activist John McConnell back in 1969, but it was U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded it as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970.


The annual day of support has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 43 years, with events now held around the world to promote and support the idea that we as humans should protect the environment.


But the truth is that we shouldn’t wait for Earth Day, April 22, to practice environmental awareness and responsibility. “Going green” is a lot easier than you might think, and taking simple steps such as the 40 Earth Day tips we’ve listed below will not only help save the environment, but it’ll also help save you money!


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GO GREEN TIP 97# : DIY Rainwater Harvesting Tips


Every year on March 22nd the United Nations calls for the world to join together for World Water Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the global water crisis, increasing awareness of the problem, and celebrating the steps we are taking to create change.


Less than 1% of the world’s water can be used by humans for their needs. As the global population increases, so does demand. One of the simplest ways we can do this in our everyday lives is by creating a simple DIY Rainwater Harvesting  System that allows us to collect rainwater for use on our lawns and gardens.


By using what Mother Nature naturally gives us from the sky, you can save up to 30 to 50% of your home’s drinkable water, and reduce your water bills by the same amount! Here are a few tips on what you need to consider when making your own DIY Rainwater Harvesting System, and some step-by-step guides to help you build one:

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Green Travel Tips For Choosing Hotels


There are many variables an eco-conscious traveler must consider when attempting green travel. But one that usually goes high on the list is the choice of accommodation. Living sustainably at home can be challenging enough, but it’s even harder when you’re putting that responsibility in someone else’s hands.


Gone are the days when merely reusing towels and energy efficient light bulbs were enough make a hotel “green.” Resorts that claim to be eco-friendly, but are in fact only aesthetically so (otherwise known as greenwashers) are becoming more common.


As the green travel industry grows, there are numerous factors to be considered when choosing your perfect eco-friendly green hotel. But any manager of a genuinely sustainable company should be able to answer your questions. Here are 5 inquiries that will help you make  informed decisions the next time you travel green:


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America Recycles Day


Recycling Tips for America Recycles Day


Today, November 15, is America Recycles Day, a day devoted to encouraging US citizens to recycle more waste and buy more recycled products in hopes of creating a greener American economy.


Started by non-profit advocacy organization National Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day has been managed by Keep America Beautiful (the guys behind the famous crying Indian commercial) since 2009, and has grown to include thousands of events held across the country. Their #1 purpose? Preventing litter, reducing waste, and keeping our communities beautiful.


Here are a few interesting facts about recycling in the US, courtesy of Wikipedia:

  • 251 million – tons of trash in the United States
  • 53.4 – percentage of all paper products recycled in the United States
  • 32.5 – percentage of total waste recycled in the United States
  • 100 – approximate percentage of increase in total recycling in the United States during the past decade
  • 95 – percentage of energy saved by recycling an aluminum can, compared with manufacturing a new one
  • 4.6 – pounds of trash per person per day in the United States (most in the world)
  • 1.5 – pounds of recycled materials per person per day in the United States


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Here are a few ways you can do your part on America Recycles Day to make the USA a bit greener:


1) Go to the ARD website, enter your zip code and Join An Event in your community. In the area near our home, for instance, we were able to locate more than a dozen different events ranging from Aluminum Can Round-ups benefitting local schools to Metal and Electronics Recycling offered by the City of Kennesaw.


2) Visit the Earth911 site to learn ways to dispose of unusual household products ranging from paint thinner and used batteries to broken computers and cell phones. Many common household items contain horrible chemicals that seep into the ground and contaminate a community’s drinking water, but Earth911 can help you locate a place to recycle them safely.


3) Got something to get rid of that others might be able to use? Goodwill will take just about anything you’re willing to donate. But if you don’t want to deal with the trouble of loading, driving, etc. we recommend Freecycle. There, you can list just about anything (we’ve gotten rid of mirrors, children’s playset, old toys and more) and people will come pick it up!


4) Make it a point to buy products made from recycled materials. Do research online to find companies that specialize in eco-friendly items, including Alchemy Goods, Ecoist,,, and TerraCycle, Inc. Make sure you money is going to companies that believe in and support the development of a green economy.


5) Start composting! It’s remarkably easy, reduces landfill waste, and it’s better for your flowers and home garden. See our Go Green Tip below for tips on how to get started.  –Bret Love


If you enjoyed reading about America Recycles Day, you might also like:

GO GREEN TIP: 5 Reusable Products For A Greener Home

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GO GREEN TIP:  Reuse Coffee Grounds

GO GREEN TIP:  How to Compost At Home

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