Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
- if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
- if everyone sent one card less, we would save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
- if every American family reused 2 feet of ribbon, we could tie a bow around the earth.
-Anna and T.Y.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I realize we haven't had a particularly interesting post for quite some time. Of course, we have had Eleonor's Starbucks love thing, and my green holiday gifts post, but neither of those were things about what we have been doing. Alright, I will admit this is a roundup of uses for pantyhose/ nylons/ stockings/ etc. found on the Internet, but at least it's more than 20ish words.
Anyway, I shall proceed. So, my mom uses stockings/ nylons/ the most easy-to-get-holes in-things in the world for work, which means I have a pile of the things on my bedroom floor. Do not worry, it's not like she's dumping them on me. I actually specifically asked her to give them to me. I couldn't bear to see them, perfectly good pieces of fabric (at least to me), going to a landfill. I digress. I did a little bit of googling to bring to you, dear reader, the 10 best uses for old stockings/ yeah...I'm not writing that again.
1. Use the foot as a hairnet (only if there aren't any holes in the toes)
2. Use the foot to strain lumpy paint(then you have colorful pantyhose feet!)
3. stick the last little piece of a bar of soap in the foot and tie a knot so you can be green by being green!
short Q&A before we continue:
Q: did that make any sense to you?
Q: is it possible to use more than just the foot of the nylons?
A: Of course it is!
4. reuse the elastic in the waist
5. If you drop something on the floor and you just can't find it, rubberband a little peice of pantyhose to the end of the vacume cleaner and vacume away! Whatever you dropped will stick to the fabric rather than go down into the deep, dark, stomach of the vacume cleaner. Expect to find all sorts of things you thought you had lost forever.
6. fold a leg into a nice little square and CLEAN stuff.
7. put a leg over a broom and be amazed at how much stuff is picked up that usually is ignored by your broom.
8. use little wads of the material to remove nail polish instead of using cotton balls.
9. put a peice of stocking over the bristles of your brush, and when your brush gets full of hair, you can just pull off the peice of fabric and with it comes your hair!
10. cut off the legs, tie them together, and knit or crochet with them!
Friday, December 18, 2009
This is a really cool video by Starbucks! it raises awareness about AIDs. show it to EVERYONE you know! Here is the link:
it is so amazing how people from all over the world can come together to do something like this.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Anyway, despite all that, the paper looks great. the best pieces were the ones where we used regular (though found in the recycling bin) printer paper. The covered-in-adds junk mail still looks fine, though the color isn't quite as nice as the others.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Just give a gift.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The winner is (drumroll please)...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
with the holidays coming up, it's time to start making or buying gifts. Especially green gifts! In this tutorial, T.Y. and I show you how to make paper. You can also add seeds and give the gift as a plantable one!
- 2 tubs
- measuring cup
- white glue
- some kind of screen(we actually used a silverware divider that was made out of a screen-like material)
Unfortunately, I can only upload 100mb to blogger at a time, and the video is slightly bigger than that. I just thought you might like to know why there are two parts:)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Also, when shopping for paper, look for recycled brands.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- Try to stay away from twixes and other candy wrappers with metalic insides. They take a lot of time to fuse corectly, using up electricity with the iron
- thin wrappers work the best. You just have to fold them several times.
- when ironing chip bags, don't fold them at all, and just sweep the iron over both sides
- avoid cheetos. they melt and buckle up.
- Always, always, always put a peice of wax paper between the plastic and the iron; if you don't, you will have a BIG mess.
- don't take too much time with each peice of plastic. You don't want to waste energy with the iron. Also, you don't want to realese too many plastic fumes.
That's pretty much all! Just be creative with your recycled material.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
i can not wait for fall fest! It will be soooooooo much fun! I just got back from my little brother's fall fest which was really fun. There were tons of adorable kindergarteners there (were we really that tiny just a few years ago?). Sarina was also there, as were some of my other friends from elementary school. We all played on the playground and it was just like old times. I apologize for this non-green post. Tomorrow I will post pictures of my capri sun bags.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is a site that Kirsten found; it shows you how to make a wallet from a milk carton http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/carton-wallet-675068/
We are going to be making them in school, so collect your clean, half pint milk cartons and give them to Kirsten. Oh, and one more thing, I'm going to bring my camera to school tomorrow to take pictures of our Oddessey projects to post here. Ok. That's pretty much it!
Monday, October 19, 2009
just wanted to say that I'm almost done w/ my halloween costume (made almost all out of recycled materials) I just have to do the skirt and I'm done! I died a couple of goodwill sheets for this costume so it won't be like, all white. Please comment or, f you're an author of this blog, post about what you're going to be. I would love to hear about it. Thats all for today!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Besides taking it out more often and having a good lid there isn't much more you can do for smell. But i've discovered a green way to deal with the fruit flies.
Take a glass and put some wine in it.
Cover tightly and put a rubberband around the edge.
Make a small Peircing in wrap.
Soon you'll have fruit flies in the glass not in your kitchen.
Change about 1 a month.
A great way to reuse some wine and get rid of fruit flies without chemicals.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Anyway, to wrap things up, the plays were amazing and the workshops were very fun. Thanks to Jenny, Heather, and all the parent chaparones for making such a great trip possible.
Also, if you're an author for this blog, it would be great if you were to write about your Ashland experience.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Guess what I just signed us up for? Blogtoberfest!!! It means that we have to post every day in october. Today is actually the first day because this festival was organized by an Australian and in Australia today is October 1st! So this is our first bloggerfest post. I added their pretty button to our sidebar! Thats all for today! Hasta manana!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Everything I just said plus other information can be found here .
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Though they are a bit more expensive and not quite as water proof, they work extremely well and are better for the environment
Wax paper bags are also good though can usually only be used once. Resealable plastic sandwhich bags are okay only if they are washed and reused.
Throwing plastic sandwhich bags and grocery bags out after only one use is a waste of resources and money along with being terrible for the environment.
Pick up dog our cat poop
Fuse them together with an iron and make a wallet or bag
Crochet our knit them
Reuse them to carry groceries
For more ideas go to these websites
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As most of you know, I'm making another plastic bag bag, but this time instead of fusing together the bags, I'm crocheting them. All I did was chain about 50, made it a loop, and used dc for about 5 inches. Then I ran out of plastic bags because for some reason we don't have any. If you want to make one, whatever you do, do not use the kind of black grocery bag that feels sort of waxy. It is way more trouble than it's worth.
To make the yarn (thanks TY) cut off the handles and the bottom (and save them to fuse together for something else) and lay the bag down flat. You should have a flat cylinder of plastic. Cut 1 inch strips. It's kind of hard to explain, but you should have circles. Using the girth hitch (you can find that here), connect all of the circles into a long string. That’s all!
Incase you were wondering, the contest is still going. It won't be stopping until we get at least 10 comments, so get people to comment!
Monday, September 14, 2009
we got 5 comments on that last post. Not bad, but not that great. If you comment on this post, you will be entered in a draw to win in a draw for a wallet made out of candy wrappers. please leave your innitials. note: only people somehow connected to our school can be entered.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
don't forget to comment!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
- about 30 plastic bags
- an iron
- wax paper
- a needle and thread (or a sewing machine)
- first you cut off the handles and the bottom edge of one of the plastic bags
- then, fold the plastic twice so there are 8 layers of plastic(for thinner or thicker plastic bags, you can adjust the amount of times you fold)
- sandwich the folded plastic bag between two layers of wax paper, and iron for about 30 seconds on each side.
- repeat process for all of the plastic bags
- place all of your pieces of fused plastic into a rectangle shape that is twice as long as you want the finished bag to be, with a little bit extra for a flap (optional)
- sew the rectangle together
- fold the rectangle in half (if you decided to make a flap, make one side longer than the other)
- sew up the sides
- turn the bag inside out
- take the handles that you cut off, and fuse them into a strap
- sew the strap on to your bag
- if your flap refuses to stay down, sew Velcro on.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
there is also a movie you can watch. :)
Things you can do for bees:
- allow a patch of grass to grow long and densely plant an area of your flowerbed to provide bees with shelter from the rain or a sudden drop in temperature
- provide water for bees to drink – this can be as simple as a shallow edged dish of water with pebbles in it to help bees climb in and out
- reduce the use of pesticides in your garden
- do not keep unwashed honey jars outside the back door. Honeybees may feed on the remaining honey and overseas honey can contain bacteria and spores that are harmful to the bees, which they may then take back to the rest of the colony
- protect swarms – if you see a swarm of bees, contact the local authority or the police, who will contact a local beekeeper to collect the swarm and give it a new home.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
kiva is a non-profit organization that lets you lend money to a low-income entreprenuer that is specifically chosen by you. You chose from thousands of people from all over the world. Check it out at kiva.org!
More ways you can help (i got all of these from their website) are:
- change your email signature to one of these: Kiva.org - Loans That Change Lives or Make a Small Loan, Make a Big Difference - Check out Kiva.org to Learn How!
- go to http://www.kiva.org/about/do-more to find out more ways you can help (I tried to put more of them on this post, but the html refused to cooperate)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Monday, June 15, 2009
This is Anna and Andrea. Andrea is this shade of green, and Anna is this shade of green. Anna that is soooo blue. This is Andrea and that was Anna. I am green Anna is blue! Fine, I'll be blue. Anyway, now we are going to tell you about all of the interesting things on the blog. Some interesting things about the blog is that we have links to other ecofriendly blogs or sites such as: two girls go green, a site for eco friendly shoes, eco friendly soap, and more. If you have other sites, you can email 1 of us. Also, we have a list of noxious weeds. If you can think of any other lists, polls, or links that have to do with being green, email us your ideas! Red is Finn!!!! :) Anyway not only are we working to live in greener ways but we are tring to save the bees which are rapidly dieing. 1 out of every 3 bees died last winter!!! there is a quote from Albert Einstien saying that if the bee is killed then man kind only has four more years to live! Some ways that you can help the bees is by planting Foxglove, Red clover, Bee balm and Joe-pye weed. Thank you and stay green!
<3Anna and Andrea and Finn!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
That party today was so much fun! Thanks for organizing it Elly! I should probably stop putting exclamation points at the end of each sentence! Cold, yes, but that doesn't really matter does it? ya, anyway, it was great to see you guys:)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Is this not the awsomest pen? The brown colored part of it is made from recycled paper, the little green things at either end are made from recycled plastic, and the thing that is used to connect the pen to your pocket is made of wood! Go Cascade Land Concervancy!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
the plants in the school garden are going bad and NEED TO BE PICKED! The chives have already flowered and cant be eaten, the lettuce and spinach need to be picked along with the carrots!!! On monday we can ask kirsten to let us pick plants. join me if you can!!!