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Green Your Wedding With Organic Trees As Favors

A tree is forever!

Tradition states that your wedding guests should be provided with a thoughtful gift as a token of your appreciation. Your gift to them can be as simple or extravagant as you wish.

The best organic wedding favors I have seen recently are adorably packaged trees!

A tree will provide your guests with a growing memory of your wedding day. It is a unique keepsake that will remind your guests of your love for one another now and for many years to come. It is the perfect eco-friendly favor for your special day.

P.S. Special bonus, make it a fruit tree and EVERYONE will love you! 

Earth Friendly Etsy: Repurposed Eco-Friendly Fashion For Your Pet

My love for dogs started when my husband bought me a Miniature Schnauzer for our first Hanukkah together eleven years ago. 20 years later, we have Noodles, the Pug, and Olive the French Bulldog. Needless, to say we love our dogs and feel that they would also want us to make eco-friendly choices when choosing products for them.

With that being said, check out the amazing work of Wagging Green Pet Shop. Wagging Green offers wonderful green items for the pooch in your life. Everything from beautiful harnesses, leashes, and collars to clothing and dog beds. All of their items are made of either renewable or repurposed fabrics and materials allowing for items that are low impact and sustainable. 
 
How does your pet go eco?

3 Budget-Friendly Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bathroom

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If you’ve decided you would like to remodel different areas of your home, you may want to start with the kitchen and bathroom. Both these rooms are most likely frequented by everyone in the household on a daily basis, which make them a great place to start your remodel. Even once you’ve decided these are the two rooms you want to work on, you could have some concerns about how much money it will cost to achieve a drastic transformation. You may also be worrying about the challenges of making eco-friendly design decisions while staying on-budget. Here some effective, budget-friendly, and environmentally conscious ways to complete the remodeling process without stressing yourself out.

1. Choose a Fresh and Exciting Color of Paint For the Walls

Nothing says new like a fresh coat of paint. A new color on the walls of each room is a great way to start the transformation process. Painting is budget-friendly because you can easily do it on your own. All you need to do is get the necessary supplies, such as cans of paint, brushes, and rollers. Painting is often a concern for the environmentally conscious decorator because it traditionally contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release toxins. However, in recent years, mainstream companies like Benjamin Moore have released paints with zero VOCs at a reasonable price-point. There are many affordable eco-friendly paint options available on the market today that can instantly take your bathroom and kitchen from drab to stunning.

One important tip is to set aside some dedicated time to get the painting done. If you are off from work on the weekends, you could probably get both these rooms painted in two days if you stay focused.

2. Replace Those Old Countertops With New and Modern Options

Adding a new color to both rooms is a great way to start the renovation process, but there are other budget-friendly options that can make a major difference too. Countertops in your kitchen may be old, outdated, and possibly even a bit stained. You could buy new and updated countertops while getting everything you need to remodel your home kitchen and bathroom. There are several eco-friendly materials to choose from, including recycled glass, fast-growing bamboo, recycled wood. Aside from considering appearance, affordability, and quality, you may want to select a specific color and pattern to match the existing color and décor of your kitchen.

3. Enhance the Look of Old Cabinets With Simple Yet Effective Tricks

If you would like to take the renovations one step further, completing a do-it-yourself project to transform the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom is a great idea. There are several effective and fun tips and tricks you can use to make old cabinets look brand new again. You could start by using sandpaper to smooth the surface of the material and remove any minor imperfections. After sanding, you can paint the cabinets on your own with a new paint color or even some wood stain. Another easy way to change the look of your cabinets is to replace the old hardware with updated handles. There are hundreds of different knobs and pulls to choose from! Sprucing up your current cabinets helps your renovation stay eco-friendly by upcycling your existing furnishings.

You may have many reasons for wanting to remodel your kitchen and bathroom. Most people complete home renovations because they would like to upgrade their living space and make it even more comfortable. If you are worried about trying to complete these upgrades on a budget, focus on keeping it simple and making a few small changes that can make a significant difference.

Aside from increasing your own comfort, there is another great reason for you to complete these budget-friendly renovations. When you update your kitchen and bathroom, you are increasing the value of your property. If you have plans to sell your home at some point in the future, the renovations you’ve done can make it worth even more than you expect.

Earth Friendly Etsy: Recycled Bottle Glasses From YAVA Glass

 
I am loving these fabulous upcycled glasses from YAVA Glass. Isn’t this a fantastic way to transform discard bottles into something new and fabulous?

YAVA Glass takes 100% recycled bottles, flame cuts, and polishes them, transforming them into elegant and Eco-Friendly glasses for your home. I am quite smitten with the rootbeer bottle glasses!


I think the mister would love the beer bottle glasses – quite the conversation starter. No? These would also make a lovely housewarming or hostess gift. 

The Re-Purposed Driven Life: Giving New Life To Old Pieces

Most likely you have heard the old adage: your trash is someone else’s treasure. If you think about it, almost everything has the potential for reuse.

Have you heard of upcycling – it is the process of taking something old, discarded, or disposable and repurposing it in a way that makes it valuable, useful, or simply atheistically pleasing.

We live in a culture where it is too easy to just throw something away and to buy something “new”. Taking a discarded item and giving it new life will not only make you feel good but will help our Earth too.

Some great ways to get started I love to upcycle my old linens and clothing into toys for my son, throw pillows, linen napkins, and pet toys. 

How do you upcycle? I would love to hear more.