Mosaic Recycled Placemat: Go Green

There are some things that are just awkward to recycle. Water bottles, easy. Pizza boxes, not so much. Some city recycling rules don’t allow items that have held food, others do. Lucky for those of us who are easily confused, some innovative designers are making use of some of those borderline waste products. CB2 is […]

Reducing Vacation Waste: Recycle This

Recently the Budget Ecoist took a beach vacation and marveled at the amount of disposable products needed on said vacation and the lack of recycling bins in convenient (read: on the beach, at the motel) places. Short of taking your green and blue bins with you, (which would certainly take up precious trunk or overhead […]

Summer Gardening Tasks: Budget Gardening Tip

The dog days of summer have arrived, and with them have come the warm-weather flowers and vegetables that we’ve all been awaiting. Tomatoes are starting to turn a warm orange-red, peas are ready for picking, and even the weeds seem to have gained new life. It’s important to keep up with the garden and gardening […]

Sprout Your Own: Budget Grocery Tip

Sprouts are back. A staple of 1970s diets, they’ve returned with a vengeance, and for good reason. Sprouts contain many disease-preventing phytochemicals. Many sprout varieties are rich in antioxidants, protein, vitamin D, vitamin C and isoflavones. And, sprouts you grow yourself are fresher and much less expensive than those pre-packaged store sprouts. We checked our […]

Hot Fuzz: A Second Life for Dryer Lint: Recycle This!

Using a clothes dryer isn’t the greenest way to dry your laundry, but they haven’t been phased out yet, and even with increased usage of clotheslines and drying racks, dryers are not going anywhere anytime soon. So when you do use your dryer, and remove a fuzzy layer of lint from the catcher, can anything […]

Roasted Garlic: Entertaining on a Budget

If you prefer not to serve raw garlic to guests — it’s just a little too potent for your palate — here’s a suggestion. Roasted garlic offers a sweet and tasty alternative, and is simple and delicious to make (no special equipment required & just garlic and some foil). It makes an easy and impressive […]

In-Season Fruit Pies: Budget Food Tip

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named July National Blueberry Month. Blueberries are now at their peak of freshness, they’re in season through August so they’re inexpensive at most grocery stores or farm stands. Now’s the perfect time to pick up a few pints or pick your own. A tasty way to enjoy the bounty […]