recycled container

Hey you! Yeah you!

Have you cleaned your vulture culture tools lately? 

Scrubbed those plastic containers? Recycled anything you don’t use any more? 

ARE YOU RECYCLING THOSE PEROXIDE BOTTLES?

You should!!!

Yesterday I got in the bath with all my plastic container and lids and tooth brushes. I filled the tub up a little, got a scrubbing brush and went to town with some soap. I cleaned them all and found a lot of stuff I could recycle and I reorganized. It felt great!! You guys should do this once in a while. I helps with sanitation a little, and prevents clutter!

Good things to have in the ‘degrease and whiten’ station:

  • Degreasing/Grease removing dish detergent
  • Peroxide (Liquid and a cream option for huge skulls or bones)
  • A clean spray bottle
  • Different size containers WITH LIDS (IMPORTANT)
  • A scrubbing brush
  • Water source
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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.

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

Witchy Real Talk: Storebought, Man-Made, and “Not Powerful”

This topic comes up a lot in the witchy community. You’ll be browsing through articles about crystals and you’ll see something to the effect of “this citrine is laboratory grown! It doesn’t have any magickal properties! It has to be naturally grown for it to be worth anything in witchcraft!” And it’s not just citrine. I’ve seen this with amethyst, quartz (and not just clear quartz - the same arguments keep being made in regards to titanium quartz, aura quartz, et cetera), and even resin castings. Resin castings!

So… why am I writing this article? Because I’m a witch who attempts to live frugally who uses crystals and herbs and spices on a regular basis in my magics. And honestly, when it comes to magic, the most important part of what makes your spells tick is the relationship between intuition and intent. To see many witches bashing lab-grown crystals or spices kept in plastic containers honestly irks me just a little, and for a couple of reasons.

First, there’s the fact that there’s just a little bit of hypocrisy involved. Glass is man-made. Sure, it can happen naturally in the wild, but glass jars don’t form where lightning strikes silica rich sand. However, a good point can be made when it comes to the fact that plastic is more harmful to the environment. I can understand and relate to that. But what makes glass such an ideal container is that it is magically neutral, like clear quartz. You can cleanse it and charge it without any worry of it affecting your energy. Plastic, for many witches, has no magical significance. It’s not going to influence your magic, and honestly it can be cleansed just like glass.

So if you’re a new witch browsing through spices and herbs, feeling a bit dejected because the glass jar herbs are two to three times more expensive than the plastic containers, go for the plastic. Remember to recycle the containers, of course, but there is no reason magic should require you to spend an arm and a leg.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the pic after that… FMA fans get what I mean…

Crystals are even more of a source for contention when it comes to man-made objects. But what bothers me here is the fact that some crystals - especially citrine - are lab grown a good majority of the time. This is because the citrine we often find in crystal shops and metaphysical stores are vibrantly colored when naturally occurring citrine crystals are a lot less vibrant most of the time. Many witches also warn against dyed crystals for the same reason that “it has less power.”

Honestly, lab-grown crystals have many of the same properties as their natural counterparts. The only thing they lack (aside from the high prices of natural crystal) is the thousands of years worth of growing time in the earth’s crust. But I personally don’t see this as too much of a problem because this gives you a crystal which is a little more flexible and can be nurtured by the witch to realize its potential.

Where I see the danger in lab-grown and dyed crystals is if the witch is being scammed. Seeing that lovely piece of turquoise and buying it only to realize that it’s a different stone entirely, dyed to look like turquoise. Or when the witch is told that a crystal is naturally vibrant in color when it has been dyed, forcing her to spend her other arm and leg just to buy it.

What I’m getting at in this rant is that if you’re a new witch or a witch who’s trying not to spend all of her money, you should not feel railroaded into buying expensive materials. I have on my altar a citrine crystal that I know is most certainly dyed. I spent less than $5 on him because I felt that was a reasonable price for him. I have a piece of amethyst whose coloration is a bit drab and brown. That natural coloration makes her rather beautiful, but doesn’t make her any more powerful than the other amethyst I have whose color is a deep purple which I know to be enhanced by dyes.

In my pantry and cupboard, I keep a lot of spices in plastic containers and tins. Yes, some of them are in glass, but only when I know I can afford them or if there aren’t any alternatives. I use these spices in spells and cooking both, and feel no difference in energy between the two.

One of my coworkers who has an interest in crystal healing once said it rather perfectly. “It’s just a rock. It’s not going to do anything by itself. You have to give it the energy. You have to program it and direct it. So it doesn’t matter if it’s natural or not.”

Our crystals do have voices. They do interact with us. But it is up to us to direct energy into, through and from them.

Now, am I bashing the more expensive alternatives? Not at all. I have a lot of glass jars that I’ve collected over the years, and I have quite a few crystals that are a bit higher up on the price range than I usually spend. I’d be quite the hypocrite if I were bashing them. My ultimate point is that if you can’t drop that much money, then don’t. Work with what you have, or with alternatives which speak to you. I’d love to work with peridot, but because I don’t have the money to drop on it, I’ll stick to quartz, moonstone, and salt. There are always options. Don’t let yourself be limited!

Blessed Be! )O(

Creepypasta #1044: Spencer's Last Prank

Length: Long

My coworkers liked stupid pranks.

I worked in a shitty clothing store in the local mall. It’s the kind of place that hires high schoolers and, over the summer, college kids. It’s minimum wage, so our employers didn’t expect much. Honestly, they just hoped we didn’t come in drunk. Hell, if our eyes were a little red, they’d look the other way, if you know what I mean. 

Which is why the pranks continued for so long. It started out small. Jumping out from behind doors. Hiding in clothing racks. Prank calling the store on days off. It was funny and petty and stupid.

That’s the key word again – stupid.

It was my coworker, Spencer. He’s the reason the pranking eventually came to an end about six months ago. And the reason that I eventually quit my job.

See, none of us were exactly rocket scientists. Most of us were a little dumb for the sole fact that we were teenagers. But Spencer was dumber than the rest of us. I mean, that kid was a few eggs short of a dozen. Not college material and probably would never move away from our hometown. But we liked him just the same. He was good for a laugh.

But, God… he took it too far.

It happened on Tuesday. I was working from three to nine, which meant I was on closing duty. I mopped the storefront, cleaned the windows, took out the trash and threw the cardboard boxes from inventory into the cardboard compactor. I locked up and did a quick inventory check. Most importantly, I did it all by myself.

See, Spencer was supposed to be working with me. He was supposed to come in at noon and leave at eight. It’s not uncommon for someone to close alone, but usually there’s another person there for part of the evening. It makes finishing closing duties easier. I can’t take out the trash while I’m helping customers, you know.

He’d been there when I came in at two, but at some point he’d left without letting me know and without clocking out. I was pretty irritated – I wondered if maybe he was playing some kind of joke on me. Spencer wasn’t the type to think things through – he might very well have thought that abandoning me on the night shift would be hilarious.

I called Spencer but didn’t get an answer. I called my manager and let her know that Spencer had ducked out on me. I expected Spencer to return my call or at least text, but he didn’t. The next time I worked – two days later – I asked my manager, but she hadn’t heard from Spencer either.

Now, Spencer might not be the brightest bulb in the box, and yes, sometimes he forgets his schedule or messes up and doesn’t come in for a shift. But he isn’t the kind to just shirk his responsibilities. If he misses work, he accepts the blame for it and makes it up to his coworkers. He doesn’t make excuses and it doesn’t happen often. That’s why none of us employees really have a problem with him. So the fact that he was completely MIA left me a bit confused. If he’d left me there as a joke, he would have confessed to it by now. He wouldn’t have stopped coming in to work entirely.

I didn’t get worried until the next week when Spencer’s mother officially filed a Missing Persons report.

She came into the store to talk to the manager. I saw them disappear into the office – which is really just a cramped closet in the back room with a dusty old desktop computer – and could barely make myself focus until they came back out. Mrs. Damson – that is to say, Spencer’s mom – had tears in her eyes. I heard my manager, Kelly, assure her that they’d check the security footage. Then, Kelly asked me to come to the back office. She’d never done that before.

It turns out that I was the last person to see Spencer before he went missing.

At least, the last known person. His mother had seen him at the house before he went to work that Tuesday. He’d never come home. Spencer had been working with me and only me – Tuesdays are slow and Kelly had been busy along with the rest of the managers, so there’d been no manager present. The last time I remembered seeing Spencer was around four-thirty when he’d gone to use the employee restroom in the back. That’s the last anyone had heard of him.

I told Kelly what I remembered and she told me she was going to try to get her hands on the security footage. Most likely, Spencer had just high-tailed it with some of his buddies. Impromptu road trip or something, hell if I know. Kelly assured me over and over that the most likely scenario was that Spencer was completely fine and had just done something unexpected… unexpected and stupid, but then again, this was Spencer we were talking about. Stupid was implied.

I let that placate me for the most part, although I was still nervous the rest of the night. I managed to distract myself for most of the next day, playing video games with a few buddies. It wasn’t until mid-evening when I got a call from Kelly.

“Hey, Conner, can you come to my apartment? There’s… something I want to talk to you about.”

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Ways to help save our planet
  • I generally like to keep this blog little related; however I feel like this is a post that needs to be made. Plus littles can have fun saving the planet as well! We can be like super heroes!
  • Switch over to a water filtration system and a reusable bottle if you drink lots of bottled water. And if you can't switch over, recycle your water bottles.
  • Switch over to microfiber facial pads, which can be bought very cheap in dollar stores and online, and quit using disposable cotton ones.
  • If you have a period, switch over to a Diva-cup or cloth pads. They're better for you and the environment.
  • If you use body wash, try switching to beauty bars that come in cardboard containers. If you don't want to switch, recycle your body wash containers once they're empty.
  • Recycle your shampoo and conditioner bottles.
  • Plant bee friendly plants.
  • Do some volunteer work and help clean up litter.
  • Put out bird feeders and bird baths.
  • Plant some trees, even if you may not get to see it grow up to be big and tall.
  • Plant butterfly and bird friendly plants as well.
  • You could also plant any plant you'd like to help make the Earth greener, just make sure it's nontoxic to any pets you may have.
  • Let's work together to make our planet better and greener!

anonymous asked:

give us those kiwi-kitty-harry deets. xx

Oh boy, oh boy, I love you. @permanentcross gets half the credit for this, by the way. It was a combined effort that nearly made me spontaneously combust last night. Here’s the picture again for reference:

You would text the picture to Harry and he’d be all about it, sending you back “!!!” as an immediate response. You’d laugh because it’s rare he texts you back right away unless he’s the one to initiate the conversation, so when he gets home that night, he starts calling you Kiwi Butt and yeah, okay, you love it.

Weeks later, he’s still calling you Kiwi Butt, and he’s even made it the picture on his lockscreen (which you’re kind of miffed about because it was a candid of the two of you, but you can’t really get mad at him). 

The two of you decide to sip on some tequila one evening after you’ve ordered Chinese takeout. He’d gone to recycle the empty containers a few minutes ago, so you’d busied yourself with examining your split ends - a task that wasn’t too easy, considering your state of intoxication. 

“Babe!” he calls from the kitchen. “Babe!” 

You hop up from the couch and slide across the hardwood floors into your kitchen, stopping when you reach Harry at the fridge. 

“Who am I?” he asks. “Guess!”

He’s got a kiwi in each hand and they’re placed at his hips as he keeps his back turned to you. You notice a small, oval-shaped sticker in the middle of his bum as he wiggles impatiently as you take in the image in front of you.

“’m Kiwi Kitty! ‘Member?!”

You erupt with laughter as he continues to sway his hips while he glances over his shoulder to watch your reaction. He stumbles a bit, his balance thrown off by the tequila over ice he’d consumed throughout the evening. You stabilize him with your hands at his sides, swooping around to the front of him with your cheeks burning and eyes filled with tears of laughter.

“You’re such a good Kiwi Kitty,” you praise, kissing him square on the lips. “I’m so proud of you!”

And you can tell - based on the dimples etched into his cheeks - that he’s pretty damn proud of himself, too.

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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

111 Steps to Make Brownies From a Box Mix

1. get up to date with my thankfully not too active tumblr dashboard
2. make sure no one is trying to get my attention on discord or twitter
3. rest computer screen with tumblr open (The first three steps are a routine to try to bring this ‘task’ to completion, but the internet is never complete.)
4. stand up (this is significantly harder than it should be, something about task switching, I think.)
5. walk around desk, to get to the door (which direction? the long way, or the way with wires? I need to know, to do either.)
6. open door, the door nob turns either direction
7. enter next room while closing the door so the cats don’t get into my stuff
8. walk into kitchen
9. remember I had to bring stuff from my room, such as the brownie pan, and the brownie mix (This always happens with me, invariably.)
10. return to my room, locate the remembered items, which thankfully stay in the same spot, and so aren’t ever out of place
11. return to kitchen, remembering to close my door again
12. put obtained objects onto the counter
13. stand in the kitchen for a few minutes, trying to proceed, not knowing what’s next. hope my housemates don’t ask me if I’m okay (this means the next steps are probably hard)
14. gather every ingredient listed on the brownie mix’s box, so I know I can make them (This is actually just the eggs and oil, at this point.)
15. realize I forgot the canola oil in my room
16. return to get it, being sure to not let the cats in, still
17. put oil onto counter
18. set oven to 350 (just a dial, its not extra steps)
19. repeat step 13 for at least a few seconds
20. obtain a mixing bowl (This step is SO hard. I don’t own one myself, so I have to figure out WHICH bowl to borrow and to commit myself to cleaning it.)
21. inspect each possible mixing bowl to judge how clean they are
22. feel bad that I’m going to make someone else’s bowl dirty
23. place selected bowl onto counter
24. pick up canola oil
25. read brownie box, for measurements
26. put oil back onto the counter
27. return to my room
28. find my measuring cups
29. bring my measuring cups into the kitchen, don’t forget to close the door again
30. take canola oil and pour it into the listed measuring cup, holding both over the bowl in case it spills
31. once filled, dump the measuring cup’s contents into the bowl (31 steps in, and we’re finally putting the ingredients into the bowl, yay!)
32. use the water measuring cup amount, to obtain the right amount of water from the sink
33. dump that water into the bowl
34. crack the instructed number of eggs into the bowl (possible step: fish the bits of egg shell out, if any fall in.)
35. find mixing utensil (what, a fork, a whisk, something else? something that’s mine, something that’s better to use? Lets say I went with a fork of my own.)
36. mix up the wets with the fork, until the yolk is spread throughout
37. open the bag of brownie mix (with what, my hands, my teeth, a knife, some scissors?)
38. pour brownie mix into bowl
39. mix until consistent
40. notice i never cleaned the brownie pan
41. take dry paper towel (which paper towel, from the kitchen, or from my own roll in my room?)
42. wipe out last time’s crumbs best I can
43. think “good enough”
44. place pan onto stove
45. pour canola oil onto the pan, and use a dry paper towel to spread it across the bottom and sides of the pan
46. pick up bowl with brownie batter in it
47. live over pan, and begin to pour
48. ensure none of it falls outside of the pan
49. use the fork to coax as much of the batter out of the bowl as possible
50. set bowl down, such that it doesn’t drip
51. put on oven mitts
52. open oven door
53. pick up the pan of brownie batter (with one hand? two?)
54. place the pan of brownie batter into the oven (the easiest spot to put it is good, nothing tricky here)
55. close oven door
56. take note of the time
57. promptly forget the time
58. go to my room to get my visual timer thing (close the door behind me)
59. think to turn the dial, to the amount of time the brownies should be in the oven for
60. realize I don’t know how long that is
61. go back into the kitchen (remember to close the door)
62. pick up empty brownie box with other hand
63. read the table on the back, to see how long the brownies should be in for
64. set box back down
65. turn dial on timer to the greater of the two listed times for my pan size
66. inspect counter, to find a clean dry spot (I forgot to put this step, every single time I put anything down so far, but this step is always inevitable)
67. set timer down on the cleanest driest spot of the counter
68. unaffix all ends of the brownie box and flatten it
69. put box into the kitchen’s recycling container
70. think to myself “yay, I did it, good job, me, we’re done!”
71. realize I’m not done, because now I have to clean the fork and bowl
72. take a moment to do nothing but take note of my emotional response (probably dread, but more active and tense)
73. walk over to the fork and bowl (I forgot to say, but those are also on the counter on a clean dry spot. the fork inside the bowl, but touching the inside as little as possible so the batter doesn’t dirty the fork more)
74. carefully pick up fork, only touching a clean dry part
75. turn sink on all the way, on hot
76. hold fork under the hot water, until all visible brownie batter is washed off
77. think “this is my fork, and this is all i ever use it for, so this is good enough” while turning off the sink
78. carry the fork back into my room (the door)
79. place it back with the rest of my utensils
80. return to kitchen (If I don’t sit down for “just a moment”)(the door)
81. look at the bowl to be cleaned
82. freeze up, standing there, unable to proceed
83. eventually, mentally prepare myself to deal with cleaning the bowl (though not nearly enough)
84. turn the sink back on with hot water
85. pick up bowl by the sides, not touching any of the dirty parts
86. carefully hold bowl such that the sink washes the batter off, without the water or batter ever touching my hands (this step is tricky and can take a long time)
87. set the mostly empty bowl down on the counter
88. grab the dish soap
89. squirt a little of it into the bowl
90. set the soap back down exactly where i picked it up from
91. stare at the bowl, unsure of what to do
92. think about how gross sponges are, and how i refuse to touch them
93. pick up bowl
94. set down bowl
95. walk around the house aimlessly, in my confusion (continue this step as long as needed)
96. return to bowl with the resolve to clean it, even if it means getting my hands wet (idk why but I have a big problem with getting my hands wet, unless the water is 100% known to be ‘clean’)
97. take a paper towel and fold it over a lot
98. completely wipe the soap and water around
99. throw away the paper towel
100. rinse the soap out
101. put bowl in drying rack, or on other counter, if drying rack is full
102. take a moment to take in how exhausted I feel after all of this
103. pick up the timer
104. return to my room (door)
105. sit at computer, exhausted
106. place timer in range of vision on desk
107. watch something online until timer is done
108. return to kitchen (door)
109. put on oven mitts
110. open oven door
111. pick up brownies, to move them to the stove top

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Cool shipping container homes w/ living roof & pool.

Many are asking how to insulate a shipping container, or are saying they might be noisy. But they can be insulated just like any other metal building by a variety of methods. Here are a few:

Insulating a Shipping Container

It is becoming more and more popular as a form of modified storage containers to insulate the interior of a shipping container or storage container. There are several different ways to go about doing so. The more commonly used materials for containerized applications are fiberglass, rigid polystyrene foam panels and closed cell spray foam. There are also some coatings on the market that offer insulating qualities as well. However, for the purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the three options mentioned.



Finished Interior
Fiberglass Insulation –The fiberglass insulation we use is a standard thickness of 3 ½” and will provide an insulating value of R-13. The sections are cut and fitted inside of a wood framed interior. We don’t make any penetrations to the exterior of the container when constructing the wood frame. The fewer penetrations you make to the exterior of the container the better. The 2” x 4” wood studs are mounted 16” on-center.

The walls of a storage container are corrugated. There will be gaps between the insulation and the outside corrugation. Depending on where the storage container is going, you may consider putting a moisture barrier between the container wall and the insulation.


Rigid Polystyrene Foam Paneling
Rigid Polystyrene Foam Panels – The foam panels are available in varying thickness as well as the size of the panels. The panels also come in varying densities (depending on just how rigid a panel you require). Your application will dictate the type of panel you utilize. The foam panels will provide an approximate insulating value of R-5 per inch. The major benefit of using foam panels over fiberglass is the interior space you can save. When installing foam panels, they can either be glued directly to the corrugated walls of the shipping container or screwed into flat bar mounted to the container walls. You don’t need to wood frame the interior of the container as with fiberglass insulation. Thus saving several inches on the sidewalls and ceiling. **We recommend the flat bar method as opposed to gluing the panels to the container walls. Because the storage container walls are corrugated, the panels do not come in constant contact with the walls. For every section of the panel that spans an outside corrugation, it is not adhered to the container wall.


Closed Cell Spray Foam
Closed Cell Spray Foam – In our opinion, closed cell spray foam is the most efficient insulation. It will offer the highest insulation value (approximately R-6 per inch). The spray foam completely covers the surface of the corrugated shipping container walls. There are no gaps between the insulation and the container’s wall (as there are with fiberglass or polystyrene panels). There is much less risk of condensation or moisture developing with closed cell spray foam. There is no need to frame out the interior as the spray foam adheres directly to the sidewalls and ceiling of the storage container. It can be sprayed as thick as necessary to achieve whatever insulating value you require. The one con to this type of insulation is the cost. It can be the most cost prohibitive of the three methods. This is primarily due to what is required (labor and materials) to install a wall covering over the spray foamed walls (should it be necessary).




Any of these methods are a very effective way to insulate the interior of your shipping container or storage container. Contact us today to discuss your options and figure out which method is right for you. For more modified storage container ideas visit the storage container modification section of our website.

**We recommend that a wall covering (Hardie Paneling, plywood or plywood with an FRP overlay) is installed over the insulation to finish out the interior. We will address these wall coverings in a future article.

Insulation Post Written By: Ray Gregorio, Container Technology Inc.

It’s all in your hands! I can’t wait to see all the great things you build! Send me pictures and links to Offgridjourney@gmail.com! Thanks! Dave

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