Guest Post :: Building Eco-Friendly Treasures from Old Cedar Fence




A well-crafted handmade recycled item is a treasure. ThinkEco² is making good use from aged, weathered, and rustic fence by handcrafting wine racks, garden planters, and wedding décor.

Founder of ThinkEco², Brian Behncke, saw a local company reclaiming and reusing glass, and thought the same could be done with wood. Behncke owns and operates Briven Construction during the day and handcrafts 100% recycled products at night.

The cedar wood is taken from Behncke's fencing job sites. He disassembles the fence panels, remills the sides of each fence board so they are straight. Then, he planes down both sides of each board to clean them up and to get the desired thickness. He cuts the wood into pieces to make the products. He is able to build 6 boxes an hour. Cedar is a great choice for wine racks and garden planters, since it is naturally resistant to pests and rot.

One of ThinkEco² first projects was inspired by a need for all natural garden planters, then quickly expanded into a line of modern 100% recycled wood products for home and wedding décor.


 

ThinkEco² plans to turn out a whole line of original wedding products…production style and to build jobs locally in San Diego. With a steady stream of material from city and state organizations including CalRecyle, ThinkEco² will continue to grow and create beautiful products.

To find out more about ThinkEco² visit www.etsy.com/shop/thinkeco2

Submitted by Jules Lavallee, Founder of ThinkEco²

Guest Post ~ Recycling: More Than You Think


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Many communities around the country have recycling programs in place to help reduce the waste going to the landfill and to help save the environment the best they can. Many people recycle plastic, paper, and glass but don't realize that there are many other items around the house that can also be recycled. Many of these items are hard to dispose of and recycling is an excellent alternative! Check out these five items that you'd probably never think to recycle:
Mattresses are a burden to dispose of because of their size. Since over 20 million of them are replaced each year, recycling is an excellent way to reduce the quantity in landfills. Since over 90% of a mattress can be recycled and reused, many mattress retailers are willing to recycle your old mattress in exchange for the purchase of a new one. 

For most people, a bicycle is a form of recreation, not basic transportation. In many developing countries, bicycles are the best form of transportation and communities can benefit from old bicycles. Organizations, such as Bikes for the World, take old bicycles to people in need and save them from the landfill. Over 15 million bicycles are thrown away each year instead of being donated. By recycling your old bicycle you can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Some of the most precious metals in the world can also be recycled. Companies such as Brilliant Earth, a conflict-free diamond company known for their unique diamond pieces and engagement rings, recycle precious metals, including gold, silver, and platinum. Recycling these metals helps reduce the environmental impact of mining new materials from the earth. Old pieces of gold, silver, and platinum can be re-refined and turned into new pieces of jewelry.

Who doesn’t like feeling comfortable while working out? Not only can you feel comfortable and chic in your workout gear, but also feel even better knowing that your gear is eco friendly! Under Armour is taking a new take on performance- by incorporating green technology in their performance products. Under Armour’s green products are made from recycled plastic bottles. Products made from recycled materials reduce waste to landfills and reduce the need for raw materials derived from fossil fuels.

Paper products are easy to recycle and can greatly reduce the number of trees harvested. Daily newspapers are easy to recycle immediately after reading. If Americans recycled one-tenth of their newspapers, over 25 million trees could be saved each year.

More products can be recycled than those that are picked up on the curb. With a little bit of extra effort, many products can be saved from the landfill and be recycled into new items. This can have profound impacts on helping save energy, materials, and the environment.



Guest Post courtesy of Sophia Evans from sophcalledlife.blogspot.com. Sophia is a stay at home mom, living in Upstate New York and blogs about Eco-friendly lifestyle tips. In her words, "I find that it is easy to transition into a green lifestyle by making small changes; I am always staying up to date with the latest news and trends in the green community. I try and live the best green, sustainable life as I can! "

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY

It's Earth Day! The Etsy Earth Team celebrates Earth Day every day; it's in the way we run our shops to the products we create and more importantly, the way we lead our daily lives.
A few of us banded together to put on a great giveaway which provides you a great opportunity to learn more about the Etsy Earth Team.

The Giveaway will run Earth Day through April 29, 2013. Here are the lovely items you could win:

Sweet Earth Natural Herbal Soap by Herbfriend Shoppe


Organic Cotton T-Shirt Pick Your Design by Look for Fiddleheads


Beeswax Lotion Bar by Essential 8

Lake Superior Sunset Photo by NatureMaid Treasures

Beer & Green Clay Organic Soap by Herbolution
Organic Reusable Face Pads by Friggjasetr

Giant Fizzy Bath Bomb by Soul Deep Skin


Deep Dish Pottery Pie Plate/Baking Dish by Willow Tree Designs

Organic Handmade Crib Sheet by Sweet Memories Quilts
 
$25 Shop Credit to Simply Rustic
Enter below with Rafflecopter. Two winners will be randomly selected Tuesday, April 30.
Good Luck!

Feel like shopping for eco-friendly goods on Earth Day? These Etsy Earth Team shops are having sales:
Essential 8 -10% off by using coupon code "Earth". Plus, a free lotion bar if you spend $50 or more.

Soul Deep Skin - Earth Day Only 25% off all orders over $20.00 (coupon code: EARTH)

Sweet Memories Quilts - 20% off on all orders over $50 for Earth Day. Coupon code is "EARTH20".

Herbolution - 25% off with code"EarthDay2013" and free items with orders:
Orders $30+ free Chocolate Temptation Bath Bomb
Orders $45+ free Beer & Green Clay Soap
Orders $70+ free Patchouli facial cleansing grains
FREE Shipping on orders over $100

Simply Rustic - SALE prices Friday, April 19 to Friday, April 26!
Body Butters, Body Scrubs, Gift/Spa Pack and Simply Face Gift Pack $2 off ~ Simply Face Products $1 off ~ little ones Balms $1 off  No Coupon Code needed - Prices have been changed!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Earth Hour + Giveaway



Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope to mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. Switching the lights off is a start and you can find out more information here... http://www.earthhour.org

When can you take part in this event? Saturday, March 23 between 8:30pm and 9:30pm in your time zone.





In honor of this event, we are hosting a giveaway sponsored by Green Leaf Candles LLC. This wonderful shop is giving away a handmade 100% beeswax candle (lead in picture) that is eco-friendly and non-toxic.

Green Leaf Candles LLC makes all natural green candles, but unlike other candle companies they also use recycled glass containers for their container candles.  They offer candles in both 40% and 99% recycled glass containers in a variety of colors. Soy, Beeswax, and Palm Wax candles are available.  Green Leaf Candles LLC uses only Natural and Eco-Friendly ingredients. 

How do you win? Monday, March 18-Monday, March 25 please leave a comment on this post with your email address answering: Are you participating in Earth Hour? and What is your favorite item from Green Leaf Candles LLC?
A winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, March 26 and contacted for mailing information. Good Luck!