It’s important to realize that our consumption patterns impact the environment. Consider the fact that each day 80,000 acres of forests disappear from the earth and more than 20,000 tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean. Furthermore, a significant portion of the food that many of us eat travels long distances before ending up in our supermarkets that we then need to drive our cars to in order to purchase. By constructing an eco-friendly balcony garden we can actually begin to remedy some of these issues. For tips on how to construct an eco-friendly balcony garden check out the visual from Apartment Guide below.
K-Cups make life easier in a lot of ways. They’re fast, convenient, and a surefire way to satisfy a caffeine addiction.
There’s just one (big) problem with these little coffee dispensers: K-Cups are a bane for the environment. Once plastic ends up in landfills, it remains there for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years. These landfills pollute air, land, and water; destroy wildlife habitat; and are major sources of greenhouse gases, which speed up climate change.
There are several ways to reduce K-Cups’ environmental impact (outside of not using them in the first place). For starters, there are more and more opportunities to recycle K-Cups. If that’s not an option where you live, then don’t give up hope: It’s also possible to keep K-Cups out of the waste stream by creatively reusing them.
What good is a used K-Cup, you might wonder? Turns out, it can be used in a multitude of ways. Here are just a couple of the many creative ways to reuse K-Cups 💚
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.
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!
Around 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded per year in the UK and fewer than 1 in 10 people consider repairs to extend the lifespan of their furnishings.
For the sake of the environment and to avoid perfectly good pieces of furniture going to waste – a change of attitude to becoming more mindful of eco-friendly options is necessary, and it’s crucial that we aren’t compromising on this for the sake of chasing an interior design bargain.
Mattress Online have created a guide to upcycling and sustainability including what we can do to reuse, renovate and recycle.