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E-waste, or electronic waste, is the term used to describe unwanted and unused electronics. It includes things like old mobile phones, computers, laptops, tablets, and televisions that are no longer being used. As technology advances at a rapid pace and people upgrade their devices more frequently than ever before, e-waste has become one of the fastest-growing segments of our waste stream. 

With the planet in crisis, every sustainable choice, no matter how small, makes an impact. While living zero-waste is not possible for everyone, such as those undergoing financial hardship or living with a disability, most people can make a few small, sustainable changes. 

Here are a few small ways to live a more sustainable life.

Small Ways To Live a More Sustainable Life

Are you looking to tap into solar energy? Solar energy has been gaining popularity as a source of renewable energy in recent years. As a homeowner, you may be considering switching to solar energy for your home. This article will take an in-depth look at the advantages of solar energy for homeowners. This includes the financial benefits and environmental impact etc.

It is easy to feel like your home is stuck in a time warp. You walk in and half expect to see your parents or grandparents sitting in the living room. But there are some easy, sustainable ways to modernize your house and give it a more updated look.



Summer entertaining season is right around the corner, and if you're planning on doing any cooking outdoors, now is the time to start thinking about your outdoor kitchen design. No matter the size, there are a few key things to keep in mind when designing an outdoor kitchen, such as functionality, layout, and of course, sustainability. Keep reading for our tips on what to think about when designing an outdoor kitchen. 


Around here, we're all about repair over replace. Today, let's talk about garage doors! If you're lucky enough to have a home with an automatic garage door, then you know that it's one of the most used parts of your house. Yet it often gets forgotten when it comes to maintenance (and can then result in very costly repairs). From unexpected squeaks to a slightly off-track door, malfunctioning garage doors can spell trouble if you ignore them. So we've rounded up the nine most common reasons for needing garage door repair services so you can be prepared.  


Metal items, both large and small, pose a challenge when they’ve reached the end of their useful life or they simply don’t fit with your home or your lifestyle. While recycling is an option, for many people hauling metal items to a recycling plant or junkyard that will accept them is a major undertaking. You might have to rent a flatbed or a trailer, and then there’s the lifting, securing, and unloading to consider.

Before you try to shove your old metal filing cabinets or chain link fencing into the back of your SUV for a trip to the recycler, consider these five creative ways to repurpose scrap metal.


5 Creative Ways To Repurpose Scrap Metal

When it comes to powering our vehicles, there are a variety of different fuel types available. Each has its own unique characteristics and advantages that can help drivers find the fuel type that best suits their needs. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the more common fuel types and discuss their properties in detail so you can make an informed decision when filling up your tank. We'll also discuss the environmental impact of different fuel types, so you can make an eco-friendly choice. Let's get started! 


 Happy first day of 2023! Here's some good upcycling news to kick of the year.


When it comes to reducing emissions from vehicles, good route planning is essential. By planning your route and avoiding congested areas, you can significantly reduce your vehicle emissions. So here are some of the benefits of good route planning and the best tips on how to minimize emissions while driving.


Have you ever heard the term sustainable construction and wondered what it actually means? Sustainable construction is a practice of building that utilizes materials and resources in an environmentally conscious way. This means using processes that are energy efficient, reduce waste, and are designed with longevity in mind.


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When you think about remodeling a kitchen, your first thought may be to gut everything, buy all new appliances, and create something completely fresh and unique. The reality is: a complete kitchen renovation costs. So what are your options for keeping it budget friendly and kind to the planet? 

Budget-Friendly Ways To Remodel Your Kitchen

I've never done this before because, for over a decade, this has been an ANTI-shopping blog. However, sustainable living has come a long way and sometimes the right gift is all it takes to shift a habit. So here's a list of gifts comprised mostly of things I actually love and use myself.  



We live in a time where we see so many people and businesses misusing natural resources, causing them to deplete. We all need to work together to correct this issue and find effective solutions. Many people are choosing sustainable alternatives in their homes to make a difference, such as harvesting rainwater as a primary or additional water source. Here are three reasons you should consider rainwater harvesting.

3 Reasons You Should Consider Rainwater Harvesting

As the world becomes increasingly conscious of the environment, more and more people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet. One way that many people are doing this is by switching to environmentally-friendly energy sources. Many environmentally-friendly energy sources are available, but only some know about them. This blog post will discuss some of the most popular environmentally-friendly energy sources and how they work.

Current home design trends lean into neutral colors. While many people enjoy these neutral colors and find them calming, this trend isn’t for everyone. Some people (me!) love having pops of color around their homes but aren’t sure how to achieve it, especially in a sustainable way. Keep reading to learn about some easy ways to make your home more colorful and sustainable at the same time.

Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Colorful

Clothes dryers are one of those modern conveniences that are hard to live without, but the cost of owning one can be high. Electric dryers use a lot of energy to reach temperatures high enough to dry clothes, and the more you use one, the more energy it consumes.

5 Types of Clothing You Should Never Put in the Dryer

We all have those favorite clothes we wear so often that they get worn out over time. It can be frustrating when your favorite jacket or jeans get ripped or start losing buttons and zippers. But luckily, I have some helpful tricks to help you mend these clothes so that you can keep them forever. Here are three ways to repair worn-out articles of clothing.

3 Ways To Repair Worn-Out Articles of Clothing

Unless you're truly a minimalist, your linen closet is probably a bit of a mess. Maybe your towels are stacked nicely, but the sheets? Forget it.

One of the trickiest things about organizing a linen closet is that shelves don’t do a very good job of keeping things neat. Here are a few smart ways to organize a linen closet to maximize the space you have.

Smartest Ways To Organize a Linen Closet