Beautiful Recyclables

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Looking for a quick project to spruce up your décor? Before you toss that tin can into the recycling bin think again! You can turn that old can into a beautiful vase. Yes, really, a vase. Give it a really good scrub (preferably with your eco-friendly soap) and peel off the label. If you’re lucky like me, you can even recycle that old label. Make sure you scrub off all of the excess glue and give your can a rub down with a cloth towel; just be careful of any sharp edges. You can use your favorite color string/ribbon or choose a color that matches the rest of your décor. Wrap the ribbon around the can several times and tie it off. I prefer to knot it and then cut of the excess so it doesn’t dangle. Add a little water to the inside of your can and finish it off with your favorite flowers. Easy, cheap and pretty. 
Daily Greens:
“An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space — that’s almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.”

The Starfish Story

In yesterday’s excitement of getting back electricity (and the internet), I wrote a super quick post and forgot to include my daily greens. Please ponder this daily green. It holds meaning for all of us. For me, it reminds me that every eco-friendly choice I make, no matter how small it is, will make a difference.

The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
I made a difference for that one.”

Thanks for the 3 Day Weekend, Hurricane Irene

I am one of the millions in Hurricane Irene’s path. I’m not really sure how to react. I’ve been watching the weather channel all morning and I feel like I should be panicked. I’m not really nervous but I have been getting prepared. I made a cinnamon raisin bread for breakfasts, I’ve frozen lots of water to help keep my fridge cool, filled my tub with water, washed all my laundry, stocked up on bottled water for the dogs, put all of our summer outdoor furniture/grill into the shed, put all my candles in one place and put everything in my basement up onto the shelves and off of the floor. According to the Weather Channel, “Your emergency supply kit should include: dry cereal, canned juices, peanut butter, ready-to-eat canned meats, canned fruits & vegetables.” I am not panicked or alarmed enough to make one. I have all this stuff in my pantry anyways. However, I am anticipating losing power for a while. I’ve already lost power for a significant amount of time in the last year because of other storms that were no where near as powerful as Irene. On a positive note, a power outage will mean a cheaper electricity bill this month! Also, if hubs and I run out of water or need to conserve for the dogs, I’ve stocked up on wine and beer for the two of us. Candle light and wine? It could be a very romantic weekend! haha

Daily Greens: Some interesting facts about Hurricanes
1. The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.
2. A tropical storm is classified as a hurricane once winds goes up to 74 miles per hour or higher.
3. Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.

What Are Daily Greens?

Daily Greens is a new addition to the blog. Everyday, I will share a quote, article, fun fact or interesting bit of Eco-friendly information with you. Check back every day for a dose of your daily greens!

Today’s Daily Green:

“Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.
Victoria Principal