Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

I *love* that Earth Day has expanded into Earth Month! I would love it even more if it expanded into Earth Year, with people finding simple everyday ways to work celebrating and respecting the earth into their lives. We'll all move toward that, one step at a time...

For now, I'm excited and almost overwhelmed with all the events that April brings with the focus on Earth Day. I'll be participating in two great events this month, where you can find fun goods made from recycled materials or with a nod toward the eco friendly.

On Friday, April 12 there will be an Artists Reception at A Show of Hands with several craftspeople that work with recycled materials. In the cute neighborhood of Del Ray, A Show of Hands carries mainly local artisans in a variety of media, from paintings to ceramics to photography. I love the shop and the people who run it! This is a perfect time to come check it out.

A Show of Hands is located at 2301 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria VA. Receptoion is from 6pm to 9pm. Get more details here.

On Sunday, April 21, I will be a part of the Eco Art + Design Depot at the new Union Market in DC. I'm so excited, because I've never been! There will be a group of crafters, organizations and demos all day. The event is planned for 10am to 4pm.

Union Market is located at 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 and has some awesome vendors there all the time. I can't wait to have some gelato and get some local produce! More details about the event here.

In the meantime, what are you doing to make every day Earth Day? A simple change that you've made in last last few months to create a cleaner environment? Leave a comment and share it with others!

Happy Spring!~Jen

Green Tip~ Old PJs into Rags

Cleaning out the closet? Putting away the heavy flannel pjs for lighter sleepwear? Take a true look at the items. Do they have holes? Rips? Be realistic, we all know that the most comfy lounge pants probably have one or two holes in them! 

Instead of tossing them, cut them up for rags to use around the house. While some spills need a paper towel that is disposable, there are plenty that a washable cloth is fine. I use old t shirts, towels and ripped up flannel pajamas for most things and they have pretty much replacement paper towels in my house. Little waste and no money spend on an item that you are buying just to throw away.

Think this idea is way to simple and need to bring it to the next level? Try reusable toilet paper made from those same flannel pants! This video clip will give you a look into folks that use it.

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