Lightbulb Crafts

If you are anything like my family, we have lightbulbs of all shapes, sizes, and colors burning out all at once.  Right now!  Here are some ideas of painting and decorating these lightbulbs for the upcoming holidays.  They will give you some holiday cheer AND you will be keeping lightbulbs out of the dump.

FACTS about light bulbs:

Even though you can get ‘low mercury’ light bulbs, they still have 3.5 mg of mercury in them each!  When this mercury gets into the dump and it rains, the mercury has a potential to get into our water.  When mercury gets into the environment, it poses great threats to both humans and animals.   Keep the light bulbs out of the dump!


Green Tip of the Week #3

Pack Waste Free Lunches:

1. Use a reusabe water bottle instead of a plastic bottle

*U.S. citizens discard more than 2.5 million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR

2. Do not use anything made from aluminum or tin cans

*In the time it takes you to read this sentence, more than 50,000 tin cans were made

3. Use a lunch box and a washable napkin rather than paper bags and paper napkins

*It is estimated that 17 trees are cut down for every ton of non-recycled paper

4. Make your morning coffee at home rather than buying it at a fast food place in styrofoam

*U.S. citizens throw away 25 billion styrofoam cups EVERY YEAR

If you are interested in more facts like this, visit PLANET FORWARD, Committed To Living a Sustainable Lifestyle

Green Tip of the Week #2

Here are some Green Tips for hotel stays for the upcoming holidays:

#1  Reuse your towels- if you’re staying for more than one night, reuse your towel.  They don’t need to go through the wash every day to get you dry

#2  Conserve extra water- just because you’re not paying for the water when you take a shower doesn’t mean the environment isn’t paying

#3  Take the stairs-save the electricity of running the elevator

#4  Bring your own food- instead of eating fast food or getting vending machine food with all of the extra wrappings, bring your own food.  There is a refridgerator and microwave in the room for a reason

#5  Don’t have the bedding changed every night-the bedding from one hotel room can take up an entire washing machine by itself.  Save the water and electricity

#6  Bring a reusable mug-the styrofoam cups in the room are not only individually wrapped in plastic, but styrofoam also takes up to 2 million years to fully decompose.  Use a little bit of water and wash your own mug instead