Posted on April 17, 2014
....You have stuff all over your home that can have a second life and save you both the money you’ve already spent on them AND money you might potentially spend in the future on a product you could make yourself with your discard. ...The key to limiting waste is creativity, and giving your garbage as many lives as possible before committing it to its final resting place.
Used Cooking Oil and Grease
So, you have a big can or bottle of used cooking oil or grease under the sink from a time you deep-fried, and you can’t seem to get rid of it all via cooking reuse. No problem.
Recycling water is pivotal to adopting a greener and waste-free lifestyle. It should be fairly obvious at this point that having a rain barrel, and preferably multiple rain barrels, is one of the best things you can do for the planet and your wallet. When you don’t have a rain collection system in place, watching all of that great water run down off of your roof is like watching little coins toward your water bill disappear. Cut down on your hose and sprinkler use in the summer by collecting as much of that awesome free water as you can. But, maybe you can’t have a rain barrel. Maybe you’re wondering what other ways you can save. There are a lot of ways we can collect used water in the home for the garden, and you may be surprised by what can be used—we were!
There are many more ways to collect greywater for garden use, but, for the safety of you and your garden, keep some tips in mind when recycling this water outside.
Pantyhose might seem a very specific and odd sort of thing to mention, but if you wear nylons to work or on the regular, there is a good possibility you have a drawer full of hosiery that has the hole in the big toe or at least one nail polish-encrusted run in them. Stockings and tights that come out of the package in the morning can be ruined by lunch due to the rough edge of just one wooden chair, and then you end up with a big crumpled synthetic polymer pile of wasted money. Then again, you might just have a pile of incredibly useful and garden tools, too.
April marks the beginning of Earth Month, and Earth Day is April 22 this year. We encourage all who are able to get out there and join the millions of others this month who will be celebrating the natural beauty of our planet and engaging in activities to clean up our Earth and educate others on how they [...]
We are nearing the beginning of February, and gardeners everywhere are beginning to receive their first seed catalogs in the mail, scan the internet for new ideas and varieties, and prepare for planting day. While many of us have a wait until we can till up the garden soil and sow outdoors, we can [...]
Waste is a bummer. Waste, aside from being disappointing in general, is a huge source of money loss when we’ve missed the opportunity to reuse something and get more bang for our buck. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to food items, like fruit and produce, which we often purchase based on [...]
Juice It Up!Juicing is a relatively new health trend gaining popularity throughout the U.S. But why? Haven’t we always drank juice?Turns out, the difference between the apple juice you find in the grocery store and the juice that comes from a juicer is great. Juicing your own fruits and vegetables allows you to closely monitor [...]
As spring approaches, you may consider creating your own compost to make sure that your flowers, fruits, or vegetables are vibrant and healthy this year. Beginning a compost bin is an excellent idea for any gardener, regardless of experience—once installed, your compost bin or composter won’t require a ton of attention, as nature has [...]
Deciding what to add to your compost begins with understanding what different kinds of organic materials bring to the microorganisms that will be breaking them down. All living things—or things that have once been alive—contain carbon and nitrogen, and this carbon and nitrogen is what microbes consume to cause decomposition. Carbon is used [...]
Worm CompostingWorm composting, or vermicomposting, uses earthworms on top of the microorganisms at work already in the decomposition process to turn waste into usable compost. Worm composters and composting systems keep worms contained, and as you supply organic materials for the worms to eat, they pass it through their bodies and excrete castings, or [...]
Around the world, people have become much more concerned with their environmental impact and the idea of sustainable living as both a way to protect the planet and reduce costs in the home. As a result, home composting has gotten increasingly popular as a method to reduce waste and improve gardens without spending money [...]
Like us, plants need a variety of nutrients to stay healthy and thriving. Most of us are aware of the N-P-K needs of plants (these values are clearly listed on the labels of most commercial fertilizers), but there are also several trace minerals and nutrients that are just as important to healthy plant growth. [...]