Organize Your Receipts: Go Green

The other day at The Budget Ecoist…we were just minding our own business when suddenly…we were taken aback by a reader’s question, “Can I recycle receipt paper?” Well, um, yes, we think so. I mean, we’ve been recycling our receipts…but maybe we’re not supposed to? Maybe there’s some special rule about receipt paper. Oh gosh…have […]

Meet The Priors: Green Home

The introduction of electronics recycling stations only highlights the problem of all the disposable hardware in our world. Busted monitor? Buy a new one! PDA lose all your contacts? Better upgrade! Drop your cell phone in the bathtub? Just head to the mall and re-up your contract. Not so fast – The Priors, a family […]

Natural Weed Killer: Budget Gardening Tip

Obviously, the first step to naturally kill weeds is to just pull them out by hand or with an inexpensive hand weed puller, such as for dandelions. However, if you want a weed killer that’s made from natural products you already have around your home and that’s safe for pets and people, consider mixing up […]

Guerilla Gardening: Go Green

A new trend is afoot in the gardening world, and it’s spreadin like squash! Eco-warriors are banning together, stealth-style, to transform public spaces from grim to green. It’s called Guerilla Gardening, and it’s quickly becoming the new hobby of environmentally conscious consumers. With their “weapons of mass beautification” in hand, so-called guerilla gardeners essentially squat […]

Stick a Cork in it: Recycle This!

Now this is the kind of recycling anyone can get behind: Step 1 is “Drink 180 bottles of wine (adults only).” That’s right, it’s time to start collecting those wine bottle corks when you recycle the wine bottles, and then put them to good use. If you’re feeling ambitious, you’re going to make a decorative […]

Recycled Flip-Flop Doormats and Baskets: Green Home

While you’re out shopping for new summer flops, take a moment to pay homage to the ones you wore down to the nubbins at last year’s beach parties. Then thank the people at Uncommon Goods who are selling cool products made from the waste at flip-flop factories. Using every part of the rubber, these baskets, […]

Planting Seeds from Foods You Eat: Budget Gardening Tip

An inexpensive way to grow fruits and vegetables you know you’ll love is to plant the seeds from your favorite fruits and vegetables. Seed saving has long been popular for reproducing plants from heirloom seeds, and it can easily be done from fruits and vegetables you purchase at the store or at a local market. […]

Farmers’ Markets: Budget Grocery Tip

The arrival of May heralds the beginning of many local farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets are an excellent resource for fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and other dairy products, and even plants. Produce is extremely fresh, as it comes from the farmers right around your neighborhood, and prices are usually better than at the supermarket. Buying local […]

Five Ways to Reuse Chopsticks: Recycle This!

At first, “disposable” chopsticks that come with Chinese takeout or sushi may appear wasteful, and the matter has actually become a hot topic in China recently. But many pairs are made from ultra-renewable fast-growing bamboo, and others are made from other fast-growing woods like birch. However, there’s some debate as to how safe it is […]

Urban Homesteading: Green Home

You know there’s a trend afoot when you’ve heard a new phrase more than once in a 48-hour period. The latest words getting trend-dropped? Urban Homesteading. Part response to toxins in our food, homes and toys and part eff you to corporate control, Urban Homesteaders are growing their own vegetables and finding their own renewable […]