The refuse concept can get lost, what does it mean?
Refuse is a simple concept: Don’t take the freebie. That Frisbee that they’re
giving out at a baseball game, say no to the pen at the bank. Another concept
of Refuse is to decline a bag at the grocery store. If you only got a few
things, no need for a bag! Basically, if it can’t be recycled or is emits
harmful chemicals to the environment “refuse” and go with a better, greener
Think of all the ways that we could reduce waste! Get your bills electronically, unsubscribe from that magazine you never read or use sticky notes on your device. This can also be applied to your energy usage. Turn off your electronics when they are not in use, unplug the charged cell phone that stays on the cord all night and only charge it when it is needed. Another way you can reduce your energy usage is by being hyper aware of your air conditioning/heat. Only heat or cool a home when you’re there. If you are going on vacation, turn the heat down or the AC up. You can even have an expert come and audit your energy use. This a lot of times is free and will save you money down the road!
Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.
Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!
Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!
1. Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.
- First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes
it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the
color as well. Save your brown eggs for
- Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
- Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
- Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
- Let them sit until color has set in.
- To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
- Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.
2. The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water: