Reusable Greeting Cards

Ever wanted to reuse those greeting cards? For $11.99 you can get enough supplies from Regreet to reuse 8 greetings cards, which is certainly cheaper than buying them new.

Made up of two parts that are almost the same, the first is simply a sheet to stick over the signature, a sticker to attach to the back so the card can be tracked, and an envelope. The second is a “hop-along” kit you can include so the recipient can do the same as you just have.

Check out how it works with the video below and take a look at Regreet.


Where To Recycle Electronics

It’s often difficult to know what to do with electronics, and some places charge for recycling electronics (I’m looking at you my local EDCO for desktop computers). So to help in trying to find places that recycle electronics for free, Consumer Reports has published a great article.

Recycling electronics

Conveniently called “Where to recycle electronics, free” the article includes some compelling reasons to recycle (e.g., The cathode-ray tube in old-style TVs and computer monitors contains 4 to 8 pounds of lead, a neurotoxin), as well as a list of companies that help you recycle (via drop off centers, mail in programs, etc) AND links to public programs.

Take a look here.

Don’t Bin It, Recycle It

A recent animated video from Recycle Now has been released, highlighting the need to recycle small electronic devices. The aim of the film is to remind people not just to bin their waste electrical goods and tell them about where and how they can dispose of it responsibly (UK based).

The campaign is also being supported by the interactive ‘Regeneration Game‘ (based on the Generation Game) in which users put in their UK postcode before playing and then the game cleverly features details of their nearest recycling facilities.

Is Your Fridge A Work Of Art?

As a follow up to our Save $100 Per Year With A New Fridge article a few weeks ago (which highlighted the US Department of Energy’s Recycle My Fridge campaign), they now have an Art Fridge competition.

Ben Franklin painting a fridge

There will be a National Fridge Art Exhibition and celebration event at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C USA, from August 25th to September 2nd, 2008. Organizations and people actively participating in the campaign are encouraged to decorate their recycled refrigerators and submit images for consideration for the exhibit at the National Building Museum.

Submit high-resolution digital photos of a decorated refrigerator or refrigerator door (like the one pictured where for some reason Ben Franklin is doing a spot of painting), as well as a 250-word project and program description, including artists’ names and materials by July 15th, 2008 to Dana Schallheim at dschallheim [at] drintl [dot] com. Refrigerators can be decorated using any visual medium, and incorporation of recycled art materials is encouraged. Entries will be selected by a distinguished judging panel based on photos and submitted descriptions. Award categories include: Coolest, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and “Best Portrayal of the Campaign Theme, “The Time is Right.” Up to three winners will be awarded a trip for two to Washington, D.C.

For people who aren’t interested in exhibiting but would like to check out the “cool” exhibit (very funny), mark your calendars and make plans to visit the National Building Museum in Washington D.C, USA between August 25th and September 2nd 2008. For more info, and a video from Ben Franklin, check out the Recycle My Old Fridge website.

Recycled Products In Your Home

A quick three minute video from former UK Changing Rooms presenter and eco-friendly designer Oliver Heath. Here he explores some of the benefits of recycling and the new products that can be made from recycled goods for your home. Recycle Now provides more information.

Composting In Your Kitchen

The problem I found when having a small kitchen is that it’s almost impossible to compost due to space. It’s also a smelly job, though a company believes they’ve come up with a compact, non-smelly kitchen composter that doesn’t include worms or attract flies.

NatureMill Composter

NatureMill, from San Francisco have come up with an indoor composter that is small enough to fit in regular kitchen cabinets, can process up to 120 lbs (55 kg) of organic waste per month, and uses just 10 watts of energy. Composting takes place inside a sealed inner chamber. Air is drawn into the chamber by a small fan, and a mixbar and heater keep the process moving along at the correct temperature. A red light indicates when the cure tray needs to be emptied – about once every two weeks – and the end-product is rich compost fertilizer. You can see a diagram of exactly how it works.

The units sell for $299–399. An outdoor version ($399) takes care of pet droppings, too: “for up to 2 large dogs, or 4 cats, rabbits, hamsters, snakes or other small animals.” NatureMills ships worldwide, but international shipping is expensive at the moment.

If you have a composter, please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment or drop us a line.

[Via: Springwise]

The 100 Ways To Save The Planet Video Is Launched

Ta-dah! Following the success of our 100 Ways To Save The Planet eBook, we’ve turned it into a video. It’s a nice, relaxing watch and another way to get the message out there so feel free to send it to anyone and everyone. The link is:

And that’s not the end of it. We’re working on the next generation of the 100 Ways which will be followed up by a new, improved version of the eBook in the months to come – there’s no end to the ways you can go green!