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Furniture Banks in Need of Donations

Furniture banks are not-for-profit 501(c)(3)  organizations whose mission is to provide free furniture to families struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges. They collect donations of gently used furniture, and provide it for free to families in need via … Continue reading

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Recycle Christmas Wrapping Paper

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we hope you’re planning for holiday recycling. In America, we throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day than at any other time of year. This extra garbage amounts to 25 million tons … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, and Rejoice

Cute Christmas crafts can be made with the kids in 30 minutes or less using items you have around the house like light bulbs, CDs, and last years greeting cards. Penguin ornament: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/penguincrafts/ss/lbpenguin.htm CD photo ornament: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/cdcrafts/a/CDPhotoOrnament.htm Gift tags: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/greetingcards/a/blgcardtags.htm

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Creative Reuse for Trampoline

Recycling a trampoline doesn’t have to be difficult. The frame and springs can be recycled for steel scrap at a local metal scrap yard and the bounce mat can be reused. Kudos to this person we spotted using the bounce … Continue reading

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Compostable Plates Made from Sugar Cane

COMPOSTABLE BIO-PLASTICS Some plastic items like these single-use plates by Solo are bio-degradable in community composting facilities. Find a Composter offers a searchable database to locate a composting facility in your area. Explore the Resources Page, as well as links … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Giving and the Story of Stuff

The holiday gift buying season is upon us and after you watch the short animated film, Story of Stuff, you may want to consider giving clutter-free gifts to everyone on your list this year. The products we give have to … Continue reading

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New Way to Give and Receive Gifts

Gift Flow is a “social recycling” site created by recent Yale graduates that keeps your gifts of time, talents and treasures flowing in your community. Here’s how it works: individuals log onto GiftFlow and create a profile where they list … Continue reading

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What is Made from Recycled Carpet?

CARPET LANDFILL ELIMINATION AND RECYCLING (CLEAR) In the Midwest and Northeast, an easy option for home carpet and pad recycling is CLEAR (Carpet Landfill Elimination and Recycling) – CLEAR has assembled a long list of retail partners to divert carpet from … Continue reading

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New Use for Expired Coupons

Did you know military families stationed overseas can use coupons up to six months past their expiration date at military commissaries? It’s true. Instead of tossing your expired coupons in the recycling bin you can send them to Coups for … Continue reading

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Create a Mailing Envelope from a Paper Bag

Start a new holiday tradition by recycling paper grocery bags into U.S. post office approved mailing envelopes. A talented artist named Liesl gives you easy step-by-step instructions (plus photographs) to walk you through the process in the link below. http://lieslmade.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/paper-bag-mailer-tutorial/

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