Innovatively Refashioning Dad’s Vintage Ties

Don't worry too much about giving your dad too many ties for Father's Day every year. Ties can be recycled, upcycled, reused, refashioned and crecycled into new, sometimes very pretty things. Look at all the wonderful and inventive ways to use old ties below. 

Cool Solar Gadgets For The Solar Powered Addicted Dad

I think solar powered gadgets are amazing, so I have put together a list of solar powered gift ideas for Father's Day.  If you still need to buy a gift for your dad or your baby's daddy take a look at the list below. You might just find what you are looking for or think of something better along the way. Either way, I hope it helps.

Recycling Is Beautiful: Bottle Cap Art

In January of this year I introduced you to Alexandra Guerrero the Chilean designer who recycles cigarette butts into clothing. Today I introduce you to Tom Deininger. Tom also upcycled cigarette butts into something: art. In fact, he recycles a lot of found objects (cigarette butts, toys, bottle caps, etc) into art.

5 Extraordinary Trash To Treasure Chandeliers

I’m not a big fan of chandeliers. They’re too much glitter and glamour for me, but every now and then I will come across a unique chandelier that just sparks my interest. Below is a list of trash to treasure chandeliers I think are absolutely innovative.

Solar Powered Stadium Complete and Ready To Power Itself In Time For World Games

A stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the first in the world to completely power itself 100% via solar power. The stadium was built to coincide with the 2009 World Games, which will be held at the stadium in July. When not hosting the World Games the stadium will be used (like most other stadiums) for sporting events and athletics. 

My Favorite 2009 Trash to Treasure Chair Design: FUNature

Once, when I was in high school a boyfriend and I were kicked out of the McDonald's playground ball pit because we were too old to play in it. It was my first time in a ball pit and though I knew we were not allowed in the ball pit something about the pit called out to me, "Play With Me!" Hugh Hayden's ball pit chairs call out to me too.

Poo To The Rescue Once More: EcoFaeBrick

Before I tell you about this next innovation I want to inform you that I don't have a fascination with dung, despite how much I've written about it. I do however find it fascinating how many wonderful products can be made with this sort of waste. It is even more fascinating how beneficial using it can be. This next innovation, a brick made with cow manure, is a perfect example. 

Solar Powered Apparel: Chic or Geek?

If solar powered gadgets were inconspicuously integrated into apparel or integrated into clothing in such a way that it looked more chic than geek would you wear it? Maybe you like the eco-geek gadget look. Not sure? Take a look at the cool solar powered apparel gadgets below to find out. 

Dishwasher That Washes Dishes With Air

Should you wash dishes by hand or in the dishwasher? The debate is ongoing. I say it depends on the "dish washer". Is the water left running when done by hand? Is the dishwasher an old model that needs to be run more than once to wash one set of dishes? What if the dishwasher used air to wash the dishes? Take a look at designer Hwang Jin Wook's modern dishwasher prototype. 

Mom, Do Your Balls Recharge? More Earth Friendly Gifts For Mom

Shouldn't every day be Mother's Day? Mother's everywhere will probably shout, "Yes!" This year show your mom how much she is appreciated. Then help her relax with gifts like the unique earth friendly gifts ideas below. 

Earth Friendly Mother's Day Gift Idea Sure To Leave a Giant Impression

If your mom loves roses, I mean if she really loves roses, and you want to make a lasting impression with your gift this year send her a bouquet of the world's tallest roses sold at Organic Bouquet. These giant roses could just prove to her how much you understand her love for roses and put you on the list as her favorite child. Come on, you know you're aiming for favorite child. 

Upcycling Gift For The Gun Happy or Anti-Gun Person In Your Life

I think it is great that even the tiniest unexpected things can be recycled. Take empty bullet shells from shooting ranges, for example. What ever happens to these shells? Are they just thrown away? Some of them are not. Rachel Ann recycles them and turns them into Bullet Buddies. 

Crafty Eco-Friendly Ideas To Check Out On Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! After planting your trees, taking a trip to an Earth Day event, and taking advantage of all the free green goodies today finish celebrating Earth Day digging something out of your trash and making it into something useful and or beautiful. Release the eco-friendly artist inside of you. Below are innovative eco-friendly crafty sites and stores to inspire you and or your family. 

Insulation and Packaging Products Made With Mushrooms Roots From Ecovative Design

Recently the co-founders of Ecovative Design, who live by the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, have invented two revolutionary new products from mushroom roots, ""Greensulate"" and "Acorn". These two products could be alternative products for energy conservation and waste reduction. "Acorn" is a compostable packaging material and "Greensulate" is an organic insulation.

Got Legos? Innovative Earth Friendly Ideas To Upcycle Lego Bricks

Thanks to my Lego fanatic husband my kids are Lego fans too. I don't mind. Really! I appreciate it. Lego bricks are a wonderful imagination opening resource for building basic life long art skills that can be used in various careers (ex. architecture), but don't think I don't notice the material they're made with. This is why I've put together a list of earth friendly ways to recycle used Lego bricks. 

5 Delightful Earth Friendly Bunnies Just In Time For Spring

Whether you celebrate Easter, love the Spring, want to do something cute and eco-friendly for Earth Day (April 22nd) or just love bunnies below are 5 bunny crafts made of recycled material to inspire you to live a little greener and a little hoppier. Get it? Hoppier! 

Adorable Eco-Friendly Frizzle Sizzle Kitchen Play Set

If you have ever wondered how to talk to your small children about recycling or the purpose of Earth Day a Frizzle Sizzle or Splish Splash might be the answer. No, I'm not writing nonsense. Frizzle Sizzle and Splish Splash are the names of two very adorable eco-friendly kitchen play sets designed by Rafinesse and Tristesse. 

Have You Walked Your Green Home Lately?

What has 6 legs, solar panels, windmills, windows and a roof? Give up? It is The Walking House you see pictured above created by N55 and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.

Sloan Greywater System Saves Water and Money

Do you know how many gallons of water are used to flush your toilet? Whether you are using an old toilet in your home, which uses about 5-8 gallons of water per flush or a newer version, which uses about 2 gallons of water per flush, you are using up a lot of water to flush your toilet. Fortunately, the Sloan Valve Company has found a solution to this problem. 

Live In Austin? Go Green and Borrow A Car For Free

Just the other day an acquaintance of mine told me how difficult it was to share a car with her husband. They can't afford the expense of another car, but sometimes while he uses their car to go to work she really needs the car to go to the doctors or the grocery store. If only they lived in Austin, TX. Brandi Clark would let her borrow a car for free.