How can I reuse or recycle a LOT of pinback buttons/badges?

July 13, 2011 by  
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(Ooops, sorry for the absence – I was busy then ill because I’d been busy and also ill because I ate some tasted-fine-but-actually-bad out of date sausages. Yes.) Right then, Nicole has been in touch asking about “pinback buttons”: I have thousands of pinback buttons from a failed work campaign. Would love to make them over into something pretty and/or useful. Any suggestions? I think “pinback buttons” are what we in Britain usually just call “badges” – which we have covered before . There are some great reuses on there (I love fabric covered badges ) but I’m not sure if that’s an appropriate suggestion for Nicole – unless she wants to make thousands of them. The decorative pinboard pins idea might be better – since you’d use a good number on a pinboard at a time – unless the campaign failed so badly that you don’t want to be reminded of it 😉 Any more ideas for using up a lot of pinback buttons/badges? (Photo by Ellen Munro )

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How can I make sure a spray bottle is really clean before reusing it?

July 7, 2011 by  
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We’ve had lots of suggestions over the years on how to reuse spray bottles from commercial cleaning products and the like but Nancy has just emailed a related question: First I want to comment that this is a fantastic website! Everyone in the world should be accessing it. My question is this: I’m recycling plastic spray bottles to put pure, herbal cleaning products in. Is there a way to make sure these bottles are clean and free of chemical residue before I reuse them? A way to sanitize them first? If I was going to use it for another cleaning product, I probably wouldn’t go overboard with cleaning it, just a washout with water or something, (unless the original product was very bleachy or something that would react with my new product) — I personally wouldn’t mind the chemical residue dregs for that first refill. If I was reusing the spray bottle for something else (eg, as a water spray for plants) though, then I’d probably wash it out more thoroughly (a few rinses of hot water) – but still probably not to a level that I’d class as “sanitizing” it so I don’t know what is needed to do that. (My boyfriend) John uses baby bottle sterilising tablets when he’s cleaning plastic bottles for homebrew – and often has sterilising fluid leftover once his bottles are clean — it is, admittedly, a very weak bleach solution but is apparently stabilised so safer than normal bleach and doesn’t need rinsing off feeding utensils/bottles before they’re used. It seems like overkill to whip up a new batch of the fluid to clean out a cleaning products bottle but if you have it leftover from another use anyway… Any other suggestions? How much effort do you make to clean out cleaning product bottles before reusing them?

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How can I reuse/recycle foil bag linings to make a solar cooker or the like?

July 5, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from long-time commenter Melinda: I’ve recently been struck with the foil linings of snack bags, and even dog food bags. Has anyone used these to create something solar, such as a cooker? What items have been put to solar use and how? Making a solar cooker is on my to-do list for this year but I’ve not done it yet (and probably missed the hottest, sun-powered days – doh!) so I can’t advice on that. Anyone else got any experience making those? I was probably going to make something like this cardboard one to start with. I also wonder if they’d be useful as soft mirrors behind plants, to reflect a bit of the light to the non-sunny side of the plant — a similar idea but, hopefully, without the cooking! Any suggestions or tips for Melinda? Or any other solar related ideas?

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Giving Annual Tax Breaks to Clean Energy is Crazy

December 14, 2010 by  
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Photo: langalex , Flickr, CC … Though Not as Crazy as Doing Nothing As the controversial deal for extending the tax cuts to middle class and wealthy Americans drew closer to become reality, some feared that the true loser would be the clean energy sector , which relies on tax breaks that must be annually renewed by Congress. Those tax breaks were initially absent from the deal, leading to speculation that their absence would cause the industry..

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New York Governor Orders Moratorium on Fracking, But It’s Only Sort of Good News

December 13, 2010 by  
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Daniel Foster via flickr This weekend, Governor Paterson ordered a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, that will last until July. But it’s only on certain kinds of drilling—horizontal wells as opposed to vertical wells—and it came after Paterson vetoed a bill that would have put all fracking on hold until May. At the same time, the Delaware River Basin Commission—of which Paterson is a member—also looks like it is

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What it Means to be Green and Other Environmental Claims

October 28, 2010 by  
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This is a guest post by Beth L. Law, CSPA Assistant General Counsel and Vice President for International Affairs.

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Zero-Energy Fridge Uses Gel to Preserve Food

June 16, 2010 by  
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This one’s a weird one, kids, but still cool.  A new concept for a zero-energy refrigerator uses an odor-free, gel-like substance to cool and preserve food items. The Bio Robot Refrigerator was designed by Yuriy Dmitriev and is currently a semifinalist in Electrolux’s Design Lab competition.  The Bio Robot has no motor, compressor or other electrical components, but it does contain a green biopolymer gel that uses luminescence to preserve food.

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Should We Start Saving the Silence? Gordon Hempton Thinks So (Video)

February 1, 2010 by  
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First off silence as acoustic ecologist (yes, such a thing exists) Gordon Hempton defines it silence isn’t the absence of all sounds, but as he puts it in Newsweek … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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