How can I reuse or recycle old musical instrument reeds?

November 26, 2010 by  
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Amber sent us an email asking about reeds from musical instruments: I’ve got TONS of old alto saxophone reeds lying around, and was wondering if anybody had an idea about how to reuse/recycle them? I am incredibly unmusical but Wikipedia tells me reeds tend to be make from cane, although there are an increasing amount of synthetic ones in use. The first idea that springs to mind is turning them into some sort of jewellery – a subtle nod to your musical skills

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Five fantastic reuses for expanded Polystyrene foam packaging

November 25, 2010 by  
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Expanded polystyrene, the moulded white shapes you get as protective packaging when you buy electronics or large toys etc, is a pain to recycle – it can be recycled now but not many places collect it.

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How can I reuse or recycle Brussels Sprout stalks/stems?

November 24, 2010 by  
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Long time Recycle This-er Lizzy has asked about “the big brussels sprout stalk thing”: Any ideas for the big brussels sprout stalk things? Oh, and can you eat the leaves that are sometimes on top? I think the easiest thing to do here would be to reduce in the first place – don’t buy sprouts in the first place, they’re horrible 😉 If you do insist on eating them though, apparently the leaves can be cooked like cabbage.

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Driving to Phish Festival 8 in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

October 30, 2009 by  
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Touring bands are notorious for their environmental footprints, but more and more the bands and their fans are taking steps to make the activity less damaging.

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Rooftop Community Garden Debated in Madison, WI

October 30, 2009 by  
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With seasons changing yet again , starting a garden might be the last thing on a person’s mind. Not so here in Madison, Wisconsin, where a local group is pushing for more community garden spaces in the downtown area

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SuperFreakonomics Redux: Even Congress is Riled Up

October 30, 2009 by  
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Last week I wrote in this space that when faced with a problem (global warming, carbon dioxide emissions) that so clearly requires huge top-down action from governments the world over, what two contrarians write in a book doesn’t exactly bother me that much. It bothers Joe Romm at Climate Progress, clearly, and now, well, I’ve got even less company, because members of Congress are pissed off too. Read more of this story »

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