July 13, 2015 Health & Beauty

Home-made beauty products

“Make your own beauty products?  Sounds hard, but it’s actually quite simple.  Aside from saving a little money, many commercially produced beauty products are packed with nasty chemicals that can do damage to your body.  As mentioned in our Caring About Personal Care article  (link to article), there are Parabens, Phthalates, Tricolosan, Oxybenzone and Formaldehyde in many of the beauty products we use every day. We are Doing A bit Better here by making a few of our own. We promise these DYI beauty products are as easy as going to your kitchen and pulling a few things together.

Homemade Perfume

An easy way to smell delicious in a snap is to grab a sauce pan, lemon juice and vanilla extract.  Mix the two, heat them up and you’ll have a sweet homemade fragrance just like that.  Pour the rest in a glass jar for continued use.

Use Vegetable Oil to Condition Your Hair
Is there anything vegetable oil can’t do?  In addition to being used for cooking and fueling some cars, it can also work as an amazing conditioner for your hair.  Grab some all-natural oil (organic is the best), pour in your hand, rub at the scalp and then comb through to the ends.  Let sit a few minutes and rinse.  You’ll be left with soft conditioned hair!

Exfoliate with Strawberries
We can all use exfoliation once and a while – after all, it’s a great way to make your skin feel baby-fresh.  So instead of reaching for store bought exfoliant, why not just grab some strawberries?  Strawberries have natural fruit acid that helps in exfoliation of your skin. All you need is 8-10 berries, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of coarse salt (sea, kosher, etc).  Mix all the ingredients together and then massage it on your hands, feet, face or any place that needs a gentle scrub.

Make Your Own All Natural Lip Gloss
Looking for a clean, fresh gloss to sooth those dry lips and make them shine too?  Make your own lip gloss by mixing 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Stir until smooth, then use right away, storing the rest for later.

Homemade Deodorant
Homemade deodorant is easy as sprinkling a little baking soda onto a damp wash cloth, and applying it to your underarms. It’ll keep you fresh throughout the day!

 

These are just a few ways to look and feel good naturally and to know that you are Doing A bit Better!”

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Solar

Help your CA neighbors Do a Bit Better

Are you up on your California state law? Trees that are tall enough to block solar panels can cost the... Read

Are you up on your California state law?

Trees that are tall enough to block solar panels can cost the tree owners up to $1,000 fines (daily!). State Law requires homeowners to keep their trees, or other plant-life, from shading neighbor’s solar panels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is at it’s strongest.

Help your neighbors Do a Bit Better, it’s the law!

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Family

All About Recycling

One of the easiest ways to Do a Bit Better is to separate your recycling from your trash, but a... Read

One of the easiest ways to Do a Bit Better is to separate your recycling from your trash, but a lot of people (us included!) aren’t always sure what can be recycling and what is trash. Here are some simple tips to remember when you aren’t sure if you should put it in the blue bin.

1. All cardboard boxes can be recycled unless they are waxed. If you can, removing the adhesive labels and tape will ensure that the glue won’t interfere with the pulping process

2. Corks from wine bottles should be thrown away (or reused!)

3. You cannot recycle a container that has motor oil in it, but all other chemical containers can as long as they are completely empty

4. Remeber, there are many things you can’t put in the trash or recycling–most recycling centers and stores like Best Buy will take your old electronics and batteries

5. It is important to keep your recycling indoors until recycling day. Wet newspapers and cardboard may not absorb the chemicals needed to process the paper fibers into new products

Here at Doing a Bit Better, we have the graphic below right next to the garbage to remind us what goes where.

Start recycling so you can Do a Bit Better!

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Environment

Army Green

“The US military is green…and we aren’t talking about the color of the camouflage. According to Reuters, US Military bases... Read

“The US military is green…and we aren’t talking about the color of the camouflage.

According to Reuters, US Military bases are looking into the gradual implementation of large-scale alternative energy installations across the US.  The “mix” of energy will come primarily from Solar, wind, and geothermal sources.  With more than 1,000 military bases in the United States alone, the Department of Defense’s energy usage amounts to over 30,000 Giga-watt hours (GWH) per year – that’s a lot.

But that’s not all – the US Army also recently opened their greenest lab complex ever focused on developing more fuel efficient vehicles.  The Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (or GSPEL) will employ about 150 army scientists, researchers, and engineers to focus on hybrid vehicle development.

While the purpose of this endeavor is not intended to make the military more “green”, but rather to reduce the military’s dependence on the grid at critical moments, we’re all for the unintentional benefit of renewable energy and reduced carbon footprint!  Hoo-Rah!”

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Food

If Your Carrot has Traveled More Than You…That is a Problem

Did you know the average piece of produce we Americans eat each night has traveled nearly 1,500 miles before ending... Read

Did you know the average piece of produce we Americans eat each night has traveled nearly 1,500 miles before ending up on a plate?  This means the amount of fossil fuels consumed and the amount of carbon emissions is doing more harm to the environment than the broccoli is doing good for your liver.   Buying locally farmed produce does not mean you have to go to a Farmers Market (although it clearly is a great way!).  Simply log on to localharvest.org, sustainabletable.org or even the U.S. Department of Agriculture at ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/map to find out where local produce is sold in your area.  Not only will you be doing better for you and your family, but supporting your local farms and community as well.

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Solar

Retailers – The Quest to go Solar

“Many retailers today – large and small – are looking for ways to be sustainable, and also do things that... Read

“Many retailers today – large and small – are looking for ways to be sustainable, and also do things that make sense for the business.  Going Solar has been one of those things that make sense for both goals.  With growing frequency, companies from Apple to Walmart have been making this a reality.  Below are a few examples of companies who are utilizing renewable energy and paving the road to an energy-efficient world.

IKEA
IKEA, the largest home furnishing store in the world, is up to 30 solar installations in its stores across the US including Tampa, Florida (July 2012) with the one of the latest in Frisco, Texas (August 2012). The company has made a serious commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic technology.

IKEA owns and operates each of its solar power systems atop its buildings.  Drawing from its Swedish heritage, the company believes that Solar can be a good business while aiming for its operations to minimize impacts on the environment.

WALMART
Walmart has installed more than 150 solar projects across the US.  The company currently has 62 megawatts of solar panels installed, while operating fuel cells and wind turbines at other locations.  Walmart has plans to have 1,000 solar-powered locations by 2020.

APPLE INC.
By the end of 2012, Apple will meet the energy needs of their Maiden, North Carolina datacenter by generating onsite renewable energy.  They are building two solar array installations which use high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system.

Apple plans to buy solar panels from SunPower for the huge solar farm, and the projects should be completed by the end of the 2012.

MACY’S
In 2010, the Macy’s solar installation in Goodyear, AZ claimed the title for the largest single-rooftop system in the US.  Most of Macy’s efforts have been focused in California, installing solar panels on 26 stores.”

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Recycle

Can You UpCycle 20,000 Plastic Cups?

New York City is about to find out! Between February and May, CDR Studio will collect 20,000 cups from concerts,... Read

New York City is about to find out! Between February and May, CDR Studio will collect 20,000 cups from concerts, sporting events, and collection boxes. They will then be assembled into a giant serpentine structure in the pavilion of this year’s Figment Art Festival on Governor’s island in New York City. The pavilion will serve as a meeting place for attendees of the festival.

In previous years, the festival has featured pavilion installations made of other recycled materials, including upcycled milk crates, water bottles, and milk jugs.

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Housewares

Monday Tip of the Week – Green light!

“If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with one of the new compact fluorescent bulbs,... Read

“If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with one of the new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

Don’t like the color of the light? Use these bulbs for closets, laundry rooms and other obscure places where the light is less likely to bother you.  Or try changing your lampshade and light covers where it makes sense. A clear cover or light colored lampshade increases the amount of light that’s distributed.”

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Doing A Bit Better

Setting the Bar – Eco-Friendly Beauty Spas

Here at DabB we love to uncover environmentally-friendly, green places of business and you’ll be happy to know that you... Read

Here at DabB we love to uncover environmentally-friendly, green places of business and you’ll be happy to know that you can even be papered in an organic and natural way!  In Morristown, New Jersey lives such a place called “Salon Botanique Eco-Chic.”   This salon is New Jersey’s premier Natural and Organic Salon and Spa.  “Botanique” is the French word for “botanical,” and inspires them to use the finest natural and organic products from all over the world.

Not only are the products used here 100% organic, but the entire building has been redesigned with a customized water purification system using low VOC paints and flooring made of bamboo with most of the furniture from reclaimed and recycled wood. Additionally, all the spa robes and sheets are 100% organic cotton.

Check them out. Getting pampered never felt so right and good for the environment!

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Doing A Bit Better

There’s a BETTER App for That

“With the increase of smartphone ownership in the U.S., there really is an app for pretty much everything you could... Read

“With the increase of smartphone ownership in the U.S., there really is an app for pretty much everything you could think of.  So there’s no surprise that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of apps out there to help you Do A bit Better every day! From local green-business maps to energy consumption meters to carbon footprint calculators, there really is something for every aspect of living green.  Here’s a few apps we suggest for your day-to-day living.

Meter Readings: This app is great for monitoring your home’s monthly energy usage, water usage, and costs.  After enough data has been entered, this app will start plotting graphs so that you can visualize trends.  See how low you can get your energy bill!

Ecobee Smart Thermostat: With this app, you can control your home thermostat through WiFi to heat, cool and ventilate your home.  Note that this app is free but is used in conjunction with the Thermostat hardware that you install in your home. Manage your daily heating profiles, vacation settings and more from anywhere you go, and decrease your home’s energy / gas usage.

Yoink: Rather than taking that old couch to the landfill, find someone who can use it! List/find local, free items and avoid an exhausting trip to the thrift store.

Carticipate: If you’re the kind of person who likes to live life in the fast-lane (the carpool lane), then this app is for you. Coordinate carpools with local drivers and riders, and get to work more quickly while reducing CO2 emissions!

Of course this is just a short list of many green apps, so look around! Whether you’re managing your utilities, cleaning out the garage, or getting to work, there’s plenty of information literally at your fingertips to help you Do A bit Better.”

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Solar

Solar in the Tampa Community

Tampa Electric is showing the local community how they invest in renewable energy sources by supporting what they call the... Read

Tampa Electric is showing the local community how they invest in renewable energy sources by supporting what they call the Renewable Energy Program. Solar panels produce electricity from the sun’s rays, and installing solar panels is one example of how Tampa Electric is doing just that. They are working with various community-based businesses to provide a portion of the electricity used to support this program.  The following are a few of those highly visible, family-friendly locals.

The Florida Aquarium
In Tampa’s Channelside District, the Florida Aquarium’s Explore-A-Shore pavilion hosts a 10,000-watt solar array that helps support Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy Program. In addition to the solar installation, Tampa Electric and the Florida Aquarium installed an interactive display to teach children about the benefits of solar energy.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa Electric joined with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and the University of South Florida’s Power Center for Utility Explorations on a 15,000-watt solar panel system at the zoo. The solar panels are installed atop an elephant shade structure and an adjacent maintenance building. The project includes a Renewable Energy Learning Center that provides research opportunities for USF and Tampa Electric to study the technical, economic and environmental benefits of a renewable, grid-connected photovoltaic system for Smart Grid electric power production.

Museum of Science and Industry
Explore Tampa Electric’s first solar panel system at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. This system is directly connected to the same electrical system that sends electricity to your home or business. The entire system consists of 60 solar panels, each containing 216 crystalline silicone cells, with a total rating of 18,000 watts of electricity.

Manatee Viewing Center
Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida (near Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station) is home to the company’s largest solar panel system, rated at 23,800-watts. A 40-panel system is installed atop the Manatee Viewing Center’s education building and eight pole-mounted panels are located throughout the parking area.

Solar in Tampa is one way that the city of Tampa is taking care of its citizens and its environment.  To hear more about Tampa Electric and renewable energy, please visit www.tampaelectric.com/environmental

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Environment

The multiple uses of glass jars

Glass jars come in all shapes and sizes and are used to hold and contain many different types of products.... Read

Glass jars come in all shapes and sizes and are used to hold and contain many different types of products. When we are done with the product inside of the jars, we believe that the jar has served its purpose and now can be thrown out. Think again! This is an opportunity to become more eco-friendly. Instead of throwing the jar out, why not use the jar again as storage or to contain another product. It could even be used as a cup for beverages. Repurposing objects in the home will also show your children the importance and the practicality of reusing for the sake of our planet.

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Doing A Bit Better

DAbB is officially on Tumblr!

“Today, we drank the eco-friendly kool-aid and joined the internet sensation of Tumblr.  Now we can honestly say that we’re... Read

“Today, we drank the eco-friendly kool-aid and joined the internet sensation of Tumblr.  Now we can honestly say that we’re on at least 4 social networks (who can keep track?).  Follow us on these awesome networks and show us some love (and maybe we’ll do the same for you!)

Twitter  Facebook 

Tumblr Pinterest 

Joooooin us…..”

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Doing A Bit Better

Step away from the sponge.

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants™!” Rather, more accurately, who lives in a landfill for all... Read

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants™!”

Rather, more accurately, who lives in a landfill for all eternity?

The common household sponge may be small, but it can have a pretty daunting effect on sweet Mother Earth. Imagine, if you will, millions of those colorful scrubbers piled up and not rotting away in landfills everywhere. Most sponges are made of polyester or plastic and treated with triclosan (a harmful pesticide that’s a suspected carcinogen) that’s released when it comes in contact with chlorine in tap water.

A smart, recommended alternative is to use cellulose sponges. Cellulose is the primary building material that makes up cell walls in plants, and may be the earth’s most abundant organic compound. But, what you really want to know is how they hold up as house cleaners, right? Cellulose sponges are up to 15-times more absorbent than paper towels, they’re reusable and biodegradable, and you can find them at pretty much any natural food markets.

Polyester/plastic sponges may be a few cents cheaper, but really, at what cost to this marvelous earth? So suck it up and get some cellulose!

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Solar

Tampa, FL – Going Green with More than just Solar

The City of Tampa is dedicated to sustainable energy, an efficient future, and making Tampa one of the best cities... Read

The City of Tampa is dedicated to sustainable energy, an efficient future, and making Tampa one of the best cities for people to live and visit. It’s committed to investing in real, tangible solutions to protect the natural environment for future generations.

In doing so, the City of Tampa has created many green programs and services for residents and businesses.  There are several green operational programs that Tampa has put in place to meet these goals.  They include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Refuse-To- Energy Facility
The McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility provides a reliable, environmentally friendly method of managing the City of Tampa’s 360,000+ tons of municipal solid waste that citizens generate each year.  Energy created from burning this waste is converted into enough electrical power to supply electrical needs for up to 15,000 Tampa homes.

Household Recycling
Curbside and multi-family recycling, yard waste recycling, office paper and commercial recycling programs.

Yard Waste Recycling
Yard waste is collected once a week at curbside from residences.  All organic wastes collected are taken to a private facility where they are processed into mulch and sold for commercial use.

Solar-Powered Parking Pay Stations

The City of Tampa’s solar-powered pay stations offer parking patrons more payment options than the standard coin-only meters, making paying for parking more convenient than ever, and not to mention solar-powered!

Solar Powered Recycling Compactors
Tampa’s Solar powered compactors hold approximately five times as much waste and recyclables as a regular bin of the same size.  The compactors, which require fewer collection pickups, save money and help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Parking Division has installed 10 electric vehicle charging stations throughout City of Tampa owned-and-operated parking facilities.

 

Encouraging residents and local businesses to install solar panels is also an important part of this initiative. There are many Tampa Solar Installers in the area, as well as incentives and rebates available to home owners and business.

Check out how you can become a responsible Tampa, Florida resident and contribute to a green future by using our solar calculator today!

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Housewares

Eco-Alternatives to a New Headboard

“There’s something about a headboard that just ties a bedroom together – it’s like wearing a belt.  It breaks up... Read

“There’s something about a headboard that just ties a bedroom together – it’s like wearing a belt.  It breaks up the room while adding depth and style to it.  The only problem is that headboards are expensive and can easily run upwards of $400.

Here’s the thing – we live in a time of great (and abundant) design.  There are plenty of alternatives to a traditional headboard out there with minimal waste.

For less than $40, you can achieve the great style of a traditional headboard with the modern style of a silhouette decal.  This particular decal from Dezign with a Z comes in a variety of colors, and they’ll even let you select your wall color to see how it will look.

Not interested in the traditional looking decals?  Try something a little non-traditional, like branches or grass:

 

Wall Flats have traditionally been used for adding some architectural depth and texture to walls in living spaces, dining rooms, and bedrooms – and they’re incredibly eco-friendly (often made from post-consumer material or renewable sources such as bagasse).  But they’re affordable (about $80-90 for a 10-pack from InhabitLiving.com) and will not only add color to your bedroom or guestroom, but depth and texture as well.

When in doubt, do something simple!  A large piece of solid-colored canvas or a canvas-framed photograph will give your bed the frame that you’re looking for, and can be done for cheap.  If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can stretch a patterned fabric over the canvas and staple it on the sides.

There are plenty of ways to do something unexpected and chic without spending a fortune, and all while being green.”

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Doing A Bit Better

Doing a bit Better with our batteries

I’m willing to bet that nearly, if not all, households in America have a junk drawer. And that junk drawer... Read

I’m willing to bet that nearly, if not all, households in America have a junk drawer. And that junk drawer has at least a couple of dead batteries in it. You know they’re in there; you just don’t know what to do with them. We may have some answers for you.

• Rechargeable batteries – these almost always have nickel-cadmium which can leak into soil, water, and air in landfills and incinerators. Check for locations of collection sites of nickel-cadmium batteries.
• Batteries in electronics – the disposal of batteries in electronics like cell phones varies by state, but it’s probably safe to assume you can’t toss them in the trash. Check your area for an e-waste disposal site, or donate them.
• Regular batteries – thanks to the 1996 Battery Act, the ones we use now are safer to throw away, but again, it depends on your geographic location. The safest way to get rid of them? Recycle.
No matter what you do with regular batteries, make sure to tape up the ends! Any little spark that’s left could start a fire if they come in contact with other batteries.

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Solar

Other Ways to “Go Solar”

“Solar panels are everywhere these days; on your roof, in the fields, on the sides of buildings, on eco-friendly cars,... Read

Solar panels are everywhere these days; on your roof, in the fields, on the sides of buildings, on eco-friendly cars, and even sprawling across hillsides and mountain sides.  You may or may not have noticed that they’re a few more places now.  Check out these additional ways to utilize Solar (no leasing model required):

“Array” Solar Backpack from Voltaic

 

This behemoth of a backpack can charge your laptop while on the go – and store it too. That way, you can charge up while riding your bike, at an outdoor conference, or while camping with the family. It also charges cellphones, portable gaming systems, and tablets – and at a modest $389, it’s a small price to pay to have independence from the outlet.

“Brighta30” Street Lamp

Cities are rapidly adopting this new way to light the streets. It’s not only green, but extremely cost efficient when you consider how many streetlights are in your town or city. We also see them coming up across college and corporate campuses.  The Brighta30 (featured above) is from Greenshine, who specializes in solar lighting solutions – from garden lights to full-scale city lighting.

“Soulra” Solar Powered Boombox from Eton

Solar Powered Boomboxes are a great idea in the summer, considering you don’t have to have an outlet to power it – making your family picnic or weekend bonfire the happenin’ place to be! This one from Eton is only $150 and is iPod and iPhone compatible, but also has an audio input line. Oh and for a limited time, it comes with a free messenger bag to carry it!

There you have it – if you’re not ready to go solar (or even if you are…), there are great ways to still show your love for Photovoltaics!”

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Housewares

3 Green Gadgets We Love

“Alright guys, Father’s Day is approaching, and unless you want another tie or “100% Beef” apron, we suggest you start... Read

“Alright guys, Father’s Day is approaching, and unless you want another tie or “100% Beef” apron, we suggest you start dropping hints for what you really want this year.  So here are three great gadgets we think you should ask for from your Greenster Wife/Girlfriend.

Numbers LED Alarm Clock by Jonas Damon for Areaware
Highly stylish and frankly a huge departure from what you probably have next to your bed, the Jonas Damon’s Numbers LED Alarm Clock is made from eco-friendly materials.  The clock’s four, 2-inch tall cubes display an LED digit and can be stacked in any manner of your choosing.  Don’t have room on your bedside table?  Take them to work for an immediate talking point at your office/desk.

See more: areaware.com

Vers 2X Hand-crafted Sound Systems for iPod
This system has it all:  great sound, great looks and is eco-friendly.  The Vers 2X iPod sound system features a powerful, energy-efficient class D amplifier and speakers are housed in a wood cabinet handcrafted from sustainably harvested plantation hardwoods or rapidly renewable bamboo. And for every tree that Vers uses in production, 100 more are planted via a partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation.

See more: versaudio.com

The Scorpion
This is not your dad’s Swiss Army Knife.  Etón’s crank and solar-powered Scorpion “multi-function unit” has got it all: AM/FM radio, weather band, LED flashlight, aluminum carabiner, USB cell phone charger and a bottle opener, you know…when you need a cold one when being one with nature…or tailgating.

See more: etoncorp.com

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Food

Monday Tip of the Week – Being a Greener Professional

“Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day, that we forget about our better-living-goals when we’re on the go. ... Read

“Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day, that we forget about our better-living-goals when we’re on the go.  Here are some reminders and possibly new ideas that can get you going!

Morning Coffee
If you’re not the type to make your own coffee in the morning (which could potentially save you over $300 a year), then you’re probably stopping into the local coffee shop before you hit the office.  Here are some ways to Do A bit Better at your java-stop:

-Bring your own cup.  You’ll get a discount on your coffee, and you’ll stop seeing those white paper cups pile up in your recycling bin

-Skip the sleeve – If you insist upon the paper cup, consider not using the sleeve or reusing the sleeve.  There’re also a variety of reusable silicone sleeves for sale across the net.

-Pour it, don’t packet! Sugar packets and stir sticks add up. Pour your sugar from the provided dispenser instead of tearing open a few packets, and let nature do the stirring for you. If you keep your sugar and milk at the office, it will stay hotter longer.

Lunch time!
If you work downtown, you’ll notice how many people scuffle around in a hurry to get their lunch and go. You’ll also notice everyone carrying a paper bag, with a sandwich also wrapped in paper inside – followed by a paper soda cup. That’s a LOT of waste. Consider this, instead:

-Bring a reusable bag – they’re not just for grocery shopping anymore!

-Skip the soda – on top of it being incredibly bad for you anyway, those soda cups pile up in the landfill. We have a water carbonator in our office to substitute for soda, and the carbonated water helps trick our bodies into thinking we’re drinking something more sugary! Win-win.

Meetings
You’ll impress your clients and business partners if you look a little greener!

-Don’t provide bottled water – leave some empty glasses and a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy.

-Put your presentation on a thumb drive – all of those paper versions you pass out will likely just get tossed out anyway.  If you HAVE to print it, print on both sides to use half as much paper!

Now you’re on your way to being the model professional for a better world!”

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UpCycle

Upcycle Your Old Neck-tie Into a Curtain Tie

Recently, a team member here at DAbB remodeled their bedroom, painted it blue, and bought translucent white curtains.  The problem?... Read

Recently, a team member here at DAbB remodeled their bedroom, painted it blue, and bought translucent white curtains.  The problem?  What to use for curtain ties!  She tried jute rope, she tried denim, and she tried

 

 the scraps of the curtains themselves after being hemmed, but nothing was looking quite right.

 

Then the idea came – we’re all bound to have old neck-ties that we don’t wear anymore – so why not upcycle them into something actually usable?
The steps were pretty easy.
1. Measure out 2 equal lengths of the neck-tie, preferably parts of the same width (a skinny tie works really well)

 

2. Sew the ends of the lengths.  We got lazy and used white thread, which stands out – but it’s in the back of the curtain, so who cares?
3a. If you don’t have a snap setting kit, you can glue two pieces of velcro onto each end3. Add a snap using a hole-punch and a snap-setting kit
4. Take a picture and send it into DAbB!
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