We Only Have One Earth, Lets Protect It
You know, helping our environment sounds harder than it really is, but it truly doesn’t take much to show our world a little love. A few simple changes here and there can make a big impact.
Here are a few ideas that we at Woody Things do, and you can too.
Recycling is a helpful and easy way to help our earth. By now we all know what this means. Separating our trash, glass and plastic bottles/containers and paper products. While it may seem a bit tedious at first, embracing this small task goes a long way by preventing non-biodegradable trash from clogging up our landfills.
When recycling you may want to consider keeping some of those coffee containers to keep craft supplies in. We use ours for paint brushes, markers, pens, pencils, etc… You can decorate them too.
And before tossing out those toilet paper rolls check out the following link for a simple way to make a bird feeder peanut butter and birdseed’s : http://www.woodythings.com/bird-feeder-diy/
3. REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
Whether you’re going to the grocery store, or a craft store take several reusable bags with you, and skip out on using plastic bags. However, if you do have plastic bags, you can often return them to your local supermarket/store and place them in the recyclable bag bin. This helps ensure we reduce the amount of bags ending in landfills worldwide.
If you do have a collection of bags you plan on re-using, here’s a neat way to store some of the bags you’ve collected. Check out this plastic bag folding tutorial (and more) at our sister blog, Clean, Organize, Repeat
4. ENERGY EFFICIENT BULBS
Energy efficient light bulbs may cost a tad more but they use up less energy AND last longer. If you’re buying new appliances, why not energy efficient ones? Just look for that energy star label.
Here at the WoodyThings workshop (and at home) we’ve replaced nearly all of our lights with LEDs or energy efficient variants.
5. GARDEN AND COMPOST
You don’t need much room to set up a green house and extend your gardening season. If you have the room to set up a start a garden, try composting to fertilize your garden and reduce waste in landfills. You can use coffee grounds (Lord knows Angel and I go through our fair share of coffee while crafting), grass clippings, fallen leaves and vegetable peels.
If you don’t have the room for something big, why not grow your own herbs? Here’s a neat way to start your herb garden using egg shells.
A few years back, our neighbor’s tree fell into our yard and onto our pool during a storm. Naturally, we were a little peeved, but decided to turn lemons into lemonade.
We used pieces of that tree to make coasters and key chains and candle holders! Whenever possible, we try to reuse the scrap wood in our work shop to make personalized signs and/or birdhouses.
Also, instead of trashing gentle used shipping boxes and bubble wraps/bags of air, a very good friend of ours provides us with bags of air, bubble wrap and boxes for shipping.
So you see, there’s really nothing to it. There are a number of ways we can all help. If we all do a little, it will add up to a lot 😉