Tetra Pak into Pencil Box

Submitted by Barbara on Thu, 09/15/2011 - 04:56

Many of you are already familiar with my on going battle with Tetra Pak.  Here is a new project for everyone.  I thought this would be a good project because I found very little in the way of recycled pencil boxes when looking for products for the eco school supply product list.  Most pencil boxes were small, kitsch and over priced.

You will need:

Build your own bicycle cargo trailer

Submitted by Barbara on Sun, 04/10/2011 - 04:30

So being part of the riot4 austerity and just generally wanting to live a better, healthier life has led us to try and spend more time biking around.  Most of our local errands we accomplish on foot but what about errands that take us out of town but arnt so far that we need to take the car?  What about those intermediate distance shopping trips?  How to get the goods home?

How to make an organizer out of TetraPaks

Submitted by Barbara on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 00:41

Here is one of our best original Re-Use projects.  Because we dont drink milk, our lives have been over run by a plague of TetraPaks.  We have a whole page dedicated to way to reuse them.

This design requires six but you can create any configuration you like.

First plan your organizer.  Then collect the right number of TetraPaks.  Cut the tops off the TetraPaks as you empty them so you can wash them out thoughly.

How to make Self Sealing Insulated Curtains.

Submitted by Barbara on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 06:47

Windows, even double and triple pane are still one of the weakest parts of a building envelope.  A typical wall may be R13 while a good double pane window is only R-4.  Adding good insulation to your windows can greatly improve your over all insulation.

These instructions are for DIY insulating roman shades.

Holidays 2010 at Greenknowe

Submitted by Barbara on Sun, 12/26/2010 - 22:52

Happy Holidays 2010

This year we have held true to our principals of 2009 and exchanged just a few second hand gifts of things that were needed plus a few new toys for our son from the grandparents.  I ended up needing a few new things myself while we were traveling by train in the week leading up to our holiday so I put the empty packages under the tree so I could remember to be thankful for receiving the things I needed when I needed them.

Totally Green school paper!

Submitted by Barbara on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 20:41

The first file (ruled paper) is a jpeg for 3/4" ruled school paper.  The second (1st grade) has 1/2" lines.  You can raid the paper box at your work and bring home lots of scrap paper and print out practice sheets to your hearts content!  No need to ship anything or drive anywhere, its 100% scraps so no additional trees or chemicals and you wont end up with extra paper to dispose of later down the line.  Reuse before recycle.