14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

December 1, 2014 by  
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A  gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people – not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware , pocketwatches , and rare books can literally last for generations if loved and cared for properly, so check out our list of gorgeous heirloom gift ideas that can suit anyone on your holiday list. HEIRLOOM GIFT IDEAS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: about me , all about me , Amish quilt , ancestry kit , antique book , blanket , book about me , cast iron , cast iron cookware , china , collectible book , custom oil painting , cutting board , dish ware , DNA kit , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , family recipe , family time capsule , family tree , finger print , fingerprint , fingerprint jewellery , fingerprint jewelry , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green xmas , heirloom , heirloom gift ideas , heirloom gifts , heirloom presents , heirlooms , Le Creuset , le creuset cookware , oil painting , painting , pet portrait , photo print , pocket watch , pocket watches , porcelain , porcelain dish ware , porcelain plates , portrait , pottery , quilt , rare book , recipe board , recipe cutting board , smithsonian , Smithsonian time capsule , table setting , time capsule , wall family tree , wood furniture , wood photo print , wood print , wooden furniture

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Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

December 1, 2014 by  
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For the first time in Scotland’s history, renewables outpaced other power sources to become the country’s largest source of energy for the first half of 2014. An analysis done by the Scottish Renewables trade group shows that energy from hydro power, wind farms and other green technologies produced almost a third more power than nuclear, coal or gas during the first six months of this year – a total of 10.4 terawatt hours of electricity. Read the rest of Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coal , Electricity , greater , green , increase , nuclear , outpace , power , renewable , Scotland

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

December 1, 2014 by  
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With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 – perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers – to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all. GREEN GIFTS FOR GADGET GEEKS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activity monitor , amplifier , Bambu , battery-free camera , bicycle , bicycle light , bike , bike light , bluetooth speaker , camera , carbon monoxide detector , cardboard speaker , CO detector , colored watch , cork , cork iPad case , cork tablet case , designer lightbulb , device charger , eco bike light , eco christmas , eco friendly gifts for guys , eco friendly gifts for men , eco friendly presents , eco friendly presents for guys men , eco gadgets , eco holiday , eco iPad cover , eco keyboard , eco speaker , eco tablet case , eco watch , eco xmas , Eco-amp , eco-friendly gifts , Edyn garden monitoring system , electric bike , energy efficient lightbulbs , energy-saving device , environmentally friendly gadgets , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , environmentally friendly watch , fire alarm , fire prevention , fitness band , fitness gadget , fitness tracker , gadgets , garden , garden sensor , Garmin Vivifit , gifts for guys , gifts for him , gifts for men , green amplifier , green bike light , green christmas , green device , green gadgets , green garden , green gift guide , green gifts for guys , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green keyboard , green lighting , green presents , green speaker , green watch , green xmas , hand cranked camera , home protection , illumination , intelligent bike , iPad , ipad case , ipad cover , iPhone , iPhone speaker , light fittings , low energy lightbulbs , mean’s watch , moving image , nest , nest protect , Oree , Oree keyboard , organic gardening , paper speaker , plumen , plumen 001 , Port Solar Charger , portable , portable charger , Powerslayer , presents for guys , presents for men , Q&Q SmileSolar watch , Q&Q watch , reclaimed wood speaker , Recycled Materials , Rydon Pixio , Rydon Pixio solar powered bike light , salvaged wood speaker , SmileSolar watch , smoke detector , solar powered camera , solar powered charger , solar powered watch , speaker , still camera , Sun & Cloud digital camera , tablet case , tablet cover , vanmoof , Vivofit , watch , water monitor , watering , Wi-Fi garden monitor , wind up camera , women’s watch , Wood , wooden keyboard , wooden speaker , woodgrain

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How can I reuse or recycle an old cast iron casserole dish/pan?

January 20, 2012 by  
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Good friend (and bully 😉 ) of Recycle This and The Really Good Life Su has emailed with a question: Me again! With an actual, proper reuse question! My much used enamelled, cast iron casserole dish has died. Proper died, a large section of the enamel has come off the bottom & I dropped the lid on the stone flagged kitchen floor & it broke into 3 pieces! Me & that casserole have been together a long while & been through many culinary adventures, I know that I could put a plant in it, but wondered if you or anybody else had any idea how I might reuse it? You might be able to get a replacement lid – I see branded ones popping up on eBay regularly – but I suspect the enamel coming off is the bigger issue. There seem to be a few enamel repair products for chips on ranges or stoves but which wouldn’t be suitable for cookware. Some people on Chowhound recommend continuing to use it if it’s not flaking – the cast iron will eventually season like non-enamelled cast iron – but I could understand other people being unwilling to risk contamination. Away from cooking, unfortunately the wear to the enamel would stop it being useful as a small dye bath or a soap making pot since the newly exposed iron would react with the dye or raw soap. (The latter is a particular shame as the heavy iron would be useful to help maintain the desired temperature during hot process soap making.) I can completely understand Su’s desire to keep it around – it’s one of those things that seems like it would be really useful – but I’ll admit to being at a bit of a loss about what I’d do with it, other than for storage (a fun fruit bowl? or for craft bits or knick knacks?) or the planter than Su mentioned. What would you do with it? How would you reuse or recycle it?

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