Sunday, April 15, 2012

Green Tips Without Breaking The Bank: 
2nd Edition!
Photo via Fishs Eddy

  Save your glass bottles and jars. 
 FYI: Many local coffee shops are offering the choice of glass bottles  
or jars instead of paper. Just ask. 
Craig & I save ALL glass in our home, either to recycle, canning or preserves, 
or great storage for leftovers. They can also be used to store
your: Spices, Flour, Sugar, Tea & Coffee. We use mason jars for everything from 
drinking glasses to soup containers, vases for flowers,
or pop a lid on and take a 
glass of water for the car ride or on a hike!

Check out Fishs Eddy for a variety of their own designs 
as well as: Weck, or Ball glass storage  :)
Glass storage is not only better for our environment but cheaper than 
the monthly purchase of plastic bags/wrap for strorage and leftovers.  
Added Bonus: SUPER CUTE accessories to add to your kitchen!

Make your own Cleaning Products: minus the icky toxins. 
Let's face it, we all know how much money we end up spending on high quality
cleaners with the abrasive, smelly, and unsafe unnecessary toxins. I have been
on the hunt for easier and safer products, but even then I am paying an
extra 5-10-15 bucks for the fancy words: organic, all natural, & family and pet safe.
 I didn't want to run to the grocery store every other week for yet - ANOTHER bottle.
So here are some recipes I have come across thus far, and as I start
personally trying them out I'll let you know my verdict in regards to pros and cons.

Photo via Amazon

A friend of mine gave this book as a gift just as I was leaving for Switzerland 
to be a nanny after I finished college - AND BOY did it come in handy! 
Let's just say my copy has become a handbook for healthy living in this house,  
everything from homemade cleaners to how to get out a stain, air out your bedding
and everything you'll ever need to Macgyver your home!

Check out Jam Hands  easy lemon and vinegar recipe.
OR use eartheasy's tips. Or Design Sponge has a great tutorial here.
**Also, when cleaning windows and mirrors 
utilize that stack of Newspaper in your recycle bin instead of paper towels - more 
environmentally conscious, plus Newspaper leaves no residue and is streak free!

Any other homemade cleaning ideas you can share? :)

Recycle scrap paper, bills, receipts etc. to make 
your own paper. Or, shred it and use it as a box 
filler for  packages you send by mail.

What's in your toilet Paper?  
Check out this new toilet paper without rolls!
Or just look for a high quantity of recycled content.

Photo via istockphoto

Keep plants in your home for better air circulation. Start simple & work your way up!
Ivy is a great plant for the gal without a green thumb! 
Also, air plants have a short life span and need very little care. 
& Succulents are always a stunning option too!

Photo rights of RobbinTheHood Vintage

 Photo via toHOLD

Photo via SucculantOasis

Please feel free to share your GREEN ideas with us! Leave comments below or contact us via email:  :) We look forward to your thoughts! xo.

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