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Upcycling Jars, Bottles, and Other Glass Containers.

I cook ALOT. I’m quite proud of my little collection of herbs, spices, teas, legumes, and other dried edibles. Not so much for the actual contents, but for the fact that 90% of the glass containers were upcycled. I saved my kimchi jars, pasta sauce jars, pickle jars, jam jars, booze jars - errrr, whatever I bum off the bartender, and etc. I especially love using the Canada Dry tonic water bottles for my spices; the wine corks I save fits the perfectly as a stopper! The rest of my containers are usually rescued from flea markets and thrift shops. 

I encourage everyone to find a place in their homes for glass packaging. Keep them out of the dumpster.


Gifts for Gardeners

#46: A Pocket Vertical Garden

Usually made from a recycled geotextile, fabric planters are the easiest way to make an indoor or outdoor ‘green wall’ on a budget.

Look for an option with a waterproof back, so watering doesn’t do damage to the surface on which the garden hangs.

Images: Gino’s Family, cmsGardens


Two teenage brothers, Dante and Justin Robinson (ages 17 and 15,) were charged with murdering Clayton, New Jersey girl Autumn Pasquale (age 12,) whose body was found in a recycling container outside of a house 

Justin Robinson (right), now 16, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter after taking sole responsibility for luring the child to his house and strangling her.

He was sentenced on September 12th, 2013 to serve 17 years in state prison


Quick recycle project .

Recycled Dental floss container .

Once empty the handy pocket sized container was sprayed black with added cyflect glint & glow marker .

Hunter orange nano cord with a central mono filament fishing line keeps cord neat and tidy ready for instant use using the in built floss cutter .

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*Looking at pictures of yourself from before build season*

I was so happy, so… full of life. Totes were just totes, and recycling containers were just trash cans. The only place litter was thrown was in the garbage. Recycling was just something I did to help the environment. I… I had a social life, friends who didn’t know what “autonomous mode” meant. I was so naive. So rested. Just look at me. I’m even wearing a shirt without metal shavings or Mountain Dew stains on it. I was so alive. So free.





The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle

We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Here are the life cycles of three different plastic bottles.

Bottle One, like hundreds of millions of tons of its plastic brethren, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day, as more trash moves in and continues to take up space. 

As plastics sit there being compressed, rainwater flows through the waste and absorbs the water soluble compounds it contains, and some of those are highly toxic. Together they create a harmful stew called “leachate”, which can move into groundwater, soil, and streams, poisoning ecosystems and harming wildlife. It can take Bottle One an agonizing 1,000 years to decompose.

Bottle Two floats on a trickle that reaches a stream, a stream that flows into a river, and a river that reaches the ocean. After months lost at sea, it’s slowly drawn into a massive vortex, where trash accumulates - place known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” This is one of five plastic filled gyres in the worlds seas. 

Some animals mistake the brightly colored plastic bits for food. Plastic makes them feel full when they’re not, so they starve to death, passing the toxins from the plastic up the food chain, eventually to us.

Bottle Three, on the other hand, is recycled. It’s taken away on a truck to a plant, where it and its companions are squeezed flat and compressed into a block. The blocks are shredded into tiny pieces, which are washed and melted, so they become the raw materials that can be used again. Bottle Three is ready to be reborn, as something new.

So, what can you do? First - reduce your use of plastic altogether! And when you do find yourself needing to buy a bottle, don’t forget to recycle it. You’ll be doing Planet Earth a great, big favor.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma Bryce

Animation by Sharon Colman Graham


Hi everyone!

I started making candles a year or so ago mainly as a hobby, but also as something to keep me occupied while I recovered from a relapse with severe anxiety and panic attacks that forced me to quit my job. Since then I’ve gotten the courage to start selling my products to try and start gaining some kind of income as well as getting used to speaking to customers again. I’ve set up an etsy store and am currently offering shipping Australia wide for a great flat price and would love for you guys to check out my store!! 

All my candles are 100% soy wax, and I also recycle containers and tins whenever I can which I offer for a discounted price. I will be shipping with the only carbon-neutral shipping company as well. 

I’m even offering a range of book-themed candles!

If you want to check out my shop please go here, I’d love any sort of feedback and hope to list more scents over the next couple of days.


Low Cost House: Container Modules For A Home
In South Korea, a family of seven stood behind the development of an ingenious project with a very tight budget. A single-story home of 100sqm was carefully designed with various prefabricated materials. Recycled shipping containers assume the main role in the construction, minimizing time and waste of material. A pitched roof structure shelters a composition of three container modules: one for the service areas – kitchen and bathroom – while the other two serve as living and sleeping areas.

An open space connects the two separate zones. A metallic ladder extends the living area to an upper level confined to the area of one container module. A brilliant solution for a house with a large number of inhabitants, where every square foot counts.


Bright colors animate the interior and exterior: yellow for the service container and purple for the other two modules. Wood flooring provides a warmer atmosphere throughout the house, enhanced by the white painted stucco walls of the containers. Sliding doors on the outer shell of this exquisite prefab home invite all residents to maintain a close relation with the surrounding nature. As you can see, low budget architecture can lead to outstanding results…
CRG Architects unveils shipping container skyscrapers concept
CRG Architects has unveiled designs for a pair of skyscrapers comprising stacks of brightly coloured shipping containers

The firm proposes that recycled shipping containers could be stacked to create high-density, cost-effective housing in urban areas – building on a string of inventive proposals for the storage structures from architects and designers, varying from a cross-shaped micro home to a fan-like photography studio.

More here.

— d.n.