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Sep. 2nd, 2011 | 07:01 pm
posted by: abrotzge in frugalgreen

I hope that posting this is ok for this group, please let me know if I am violating any rules.. I found a site called Listia that is sort of like a combination of eBay and Freecycle. You post things that you do not want any longer, people bid on them and give you credits, then you use the credits to get items you want. I posted a handful of items earlier in attempts to clear house; you can sign up at http://www.listia.com/signup/372526 and view my listings also.

It seemed like an easier option to maybe save things from the landfil, and get something useful in return. Thanks in advance, hopefully it's useful to someone out there :)

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Composting "difficult" materials on the cheap

Jun. 10th, 2010 | 10:14 am
posted by: shy_extravert in frugalgreen

If you eat dairy or meat, how do you keep the scraps out of your garbage?  

  • I live in a townhouse, with a small patio.  I do not have room for a hot compost pile or to bury meat/dairy items.  
  • I do have a worm bin, but this may actually violate my HOA's goofy rules.  And of course the worms can't take meat or dairy.
  • The only place I could put a composter outside is a very small/narrow area.  
  • I have seen the NatureMill, but spending $300 to compost my meat and dairy seems more than a bit excessive.   
  • My city has a composting program, but currently only accepts yard waste--they will not accept even vegetable waste yet.  

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Handmade history - YouTube Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest

May. 19th, 2009 | 09:26 pm
posted by: frazzza in frugalgreen

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North Americans: You can recycle Brita filters now!

Mar. 15th, 2009 | 03:24 pm
location: Boston, MA, United States
mood: goodgood
music: Absolute Radio
posted by: ftmichael in frugalgreen

In case folks weren't aware of this, http://takebackthefilter.org/ was a success, and recycling for Brita filters is now available to people in North America. (It's been available for Europe for ages, since Brita is a German company.)

You can now recycle your used Brita filters via the Preserve Gimme 5 program, which recycles polypropylene (plastic with a number 5 on the bottom).

From http://preserveproducts.com/recycling/britafilters.html :

  1. Dry the filter by shaking off excess water and setting it in a dry place for at least three days.

  2. Wrap the filter in a plastic grocery bag, which will be recycled at the Preserve Gimme 5 destination.

  3. Click here to find a drop-off location. Drop the wrapped filter in the Preserve Gimme 5 bin.

If there isn't a Preserve Gimme 5 location near you, simply mail your filter via ground shipping to:
Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS ROUTE 13
CORTLAND NY 13045-8835

Preserve will recycle each collected Brita® plastic pitcher filter casing into new Preserve products. The filter ingredients — activated carbon that reduces chlorine (taste and odour) and ion exchange resin that reduces lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium and zinc that might be found in tap water* — will be regenerated for alternative use or converted into energy.

*Substances reduced may not be in all users’ water.

Preserve has calculated that the benefits of keeping Brita® filters out of landfills and making them into Preserve products outweigh the impact of shipping them for recycling through this program. Read more about the environmental benefits of Preserve Plastic™ here.

Please note that, at this time, Preserve can only accept Brita® pitcher filters for recycling. No other brands are currently recycled by Preserve.

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Furniture Polish

Oct. 29th, 2008 | 08:48 pm
location: Kelowna, BC
posted by: caramia in frugalgreen

I made my own furniture polish today and it not only worked wonderfully, it smells soooo good.

1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
10 drops essential oil (I like tea tree oil for cleaners)

Mixed in a spray bottle

The vinegar cleans while the oil moisturizes and you don't have to wipe it off if you don't want. (Although I did to give it a buffed look)

All my furniture looked great. Also, because there is so much more vinegar than oil, it works on everything from electronics to melamine furniture.


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Frugal-Green Book Review

Oct. 11th, 2008 | 10:03 am
posted by: pepperedmoth in frugalgreen

Less a book review than a glowing book promotion, I suppose. This obscure little book was part of what inspired me to start this community.

Karen Christensen (at the time of writing) was a young American mother living in England. The birth of her children drove her to green her life, and her book, Home Ecology, is full of practical, simple advice to make your life calmer and more environmentally gentle.

For example, the first chapter is about time. Understanding your own patterns, slowing down if you go too quickly, and prodding yourself a little if you're a bit of a layabed (that's me!)

There's a chapter on food, which talks a lot about tips for eating a less pre-processed diet (frugal and green!), a chapter on shopping, which (among other things) discusses the frugal green-ness of buying higher quality durable goods to last forever, plus chapters on air, health, transportation, children, pets, non-toxic house cleaning, gardening . . . pretty much anything you could imagine.

I often rummage through the sustainable living sections of bookstores when I visit, and this is the only book I've ever bought because its totally pragmatic way of approaching green living (NOT focused on buying expensive organic products, for example) really appealed to me. Highly recommended.

In other news, I am working on a list of 'posting suggestions' for our info page, in a further effort to encourage posts. Yay for a post not mine yesterday! Yay!

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Take the Bottled Water Pledge

Oct. 9th, 2008 | 10:44 am
posted by: glueandglitter in frugalgreen

I hope this is OK to post here. Here is a link to an article I wrote about the New American Dream's anti-bottled water pledge. They want you to break the bottled water habit! I thought it fit in this community, since bottled water costs so much more than tap - refilling a reusable bottle is 1000 times less expensive than buying bottled water at the store! Yikes.

My hubby recently got me a Sigg bottle for our anniversary, and I love it! I'll admit that my shallow side really enjoyed picking out a pretty design, but I also love having a pretty, safe bottle to bring with me on the train and whatnot. Do you guys have reusable bottles that you just love?

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Vinegar: The Great White Wonder . . . and Aprons!

Oct. 9th, 2008 | 08:38 am
posted by: pepperedmoth in frugalgreen

Just for the record, I am not posting to stroke my own ego, but rather to prove that this CAN be an active community and other people CAN post. So . . . post, people, post!

Onto the fun.

Tip of the day: Vinegar. Vinegar cleans everything, is cheap, and is environmentally friendly- thus making it a prime candidate for discussion here! Look, vinegar: doesn't this remind YOU of Bob Dylan? (Come on, someone, get the reference . . .)

Click here for a list of creative ways to clean with vinegar, including pepperedmoth's obsessive pet peeve.Collapse )

Really, there's not much in my house that I can't clean with vinegar, baking soda, or kosher salt (salt cleans black residue off pans like nobody's business).

Now, for the second half of our post today (oh, dear, what will I post tomorrow?) I bring you: HOME SEWING!

I am a domestic girl, and also rather crafty. For some time I had been craving after an apron to wear while bustling around the kitchen. I am messy and if I even look at flour, or a tomato, it is suddenly all over my clothes. Now, home sewing is sometimes frugal, sometimes green . . . and sometimes not. In this case, I already owned the fabric, and I didn't have to buy a pattern; I already owned one from this fabulous book. Highly recommended.

I also have the coolest sewing machine known to man.

Pictures and more under the cut!Collapse )

So, uh, that's the news from Lake Woebegone. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. And by keep in touch, I mean- POST!

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Dishes, and marriage!

Oct. 9th, 2008 | 10:27 am
posted by: pepperedmoth in frugalgreen

Perhaps I now have the energy to insert a little energy into this community.

I was just doing the dishes- actually, still am, but I needed a break.

We use a LOT of zip-lock baggies, because we do a LOT of cooking and always have a LOT of leftovers. The cooking and the leftovers are green and frugal; the baggies aren't. But sometimes a more durable container just won't cut it. Four cookies for lunch? A sandwich bag it is.

BUT we wash and then re-use them, hanging them to dry on this cute little drying rack that my fiance found in an antique shop for almost no money:

Yes, we have a sandwich bag drying rack. DORKS! Of course, we use it for other things, too: mainly dish towels and such that will mold if we just throw them in the laundry basket. Also it is overflow from our ordinary clothes-drying rack; bedsheets fit much better on the wall-mounted one.

I also find that there is a simple trick to washing ziplock bags and not having it be a huge, wet, crinkly, plastic headache: I turn 'em inside out, slip them over one hand, and make like I'm washing my hands. Now, my handwashing habits are vigorous (I'm a nurse), so your mileage may vary on this one, but it works for me!

PS- you may have caught the magic words earlier: MY FIANCE. Yes, your totally way-too-busy-to-post moderator is getting married. Now I shall plan a frugal and green wedding. Sweet.

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Apr. 14th, 2008 | 07:59 pm
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: beanpod7 in frugalgreen

Does anyone know how to *cheaply* and effectively recycle dead batteries?

(Besides getting the rechargeable batteries because I do not have them and I do not want to put dead batteries in the dump ... )

Thanks for your help!

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