Furniture’s Carbon Footprint [Visual + Upcycling Ideas]

Did you know that an average sofa’s estimated average carbon footprint is equivalent to 10.1 gallons of consumed gasoline? It’s true!

Back in 2011, the Furniture Industry Research Association or FIRA for short, took it upon themselves to find out furniture’s carbon footprint, and the results were quite shocking.

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Recycled Cardboard Box crafts for kids of all ages [Infographic]

We can all agree that many of us have a few empty boxes laying around. While you can recycle your boxes at your nearest recycling facility, or use them to organize your home or workspace, you can also use leftover boxes in creative, fun ways with your kids.

Below, you’ll find three fun and easy projects with step-by-step instructions. You likely have most of the craft supplies already, and your kids can customize each project depending on which materials you have on hand. Read on to turn your cardboard boxes into functional art.

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Home building Materials you can Repurpose

When it comes to saving money on home renovation, repurposing as a means of recycling represents one of the cleverest and most pro-like moves you can pull off. The idea behind this is quite simple – you pick building materials that are well-known for their recyclable qualities, use the structures made out of them for as long as you can, and then salvage the leftovers after the building in question had its run.

Indeed, whether it’s roofing, flooring, wall structure, or bathroom fit-outs, the materials you’re using can last you years to come – be it in their fully assembled condition, or as a scraps you can repurpose for other projects!

Now then, in this article, we’re going to talk about what materials you can use in order to make your house renovation project not only a smart one while you’re doing it, but also a potentially lucrative one down the road.

So, without further ado, here are our ‘repurposeable’ building materials!

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World Ocean’s Day – Upcycling Ideas [Infographic]

The World Ocean’s Day Youth Advisory Council is extremely excited to present to you this Upcycling Guidebook for World Ocean’s Day.

The term upcycling is also known as “creative reuse”. By reusing plastic, upcycling helps reduce the amount of plastic that can end up in the environment and may help us avoid purchasing new plastic products. The more we can refuse single-use plastic and reuse what is already out there, the more sustainable our future will be. Together we can prevent plastic pollution!

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Reusing Deodorant containers + DIY Recipe

Deodorants are (for many of us) a must-have and most of times they come in plastic containers, some in glass with the cap and roll-on made of plastic or in spray cans. If you have the time to DIY your deo we’re sharing below a recipe (if you make your own, please share with us your experience). If not… there are some plastic-free options you can purchase (in tin or glass containers with natural ingredients), just ask in your local bulk shop. While making this round-up of ideas on how to Repurpose the empty Deo Containers, we read about a refillable deo by humankind… which could also solve the problem of disposable plastic.

If you live in the USA: “Through Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade, you can fill a box with any brand of deodorant tubes, soap containers and other bathroom leftovers and mail it back to Terracycle for recycling. Some deodorant tubes may also be accepted through municipal curbside or drop-off programs in your area. To determine the materials from which your tubes are made, start by checking the bottom of the tube for the numbered plastic. Before recycling in your curbside bin, remove the dial from the bottom of the tube and be sure to rinse out your tubes with warm water and soap to remove any residual product.” – PC