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Here at chez Cottage Magpie, like so many of you, my family tries to be be green. We reduce, reuse and recycle and all of the usual suspects. Not only is it better for the environment, it’s usually cheaper! Thrifty AND conscious. I love it. Many of these tips you can find in articles at The Apartment Guide blog, such as:
- Unplug Your Energy-Wasting Appliances and Save Money
- How to Make Your Apartment Greener
- Clean Green: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
- Not a Drop to Waste
- How to Keep Your Apartment Cleaning Earth-Friendly
But when it comes to the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the mode that you have to have everything new, new, new and more, more more. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can recycle and reuse just as much for your holidays as you can at any other time of the year. For example, over the years I’ve made or found many Christmas ornaments that were recycled. Here’s some of them:
Use recycled chandelier crystals for Christmas ornaments. You don’t really even have to do anything, just hang them up! You can see them on my tree here, which was featured in a previous holiday home tour.
Use vintage materials to make ornaments, like the ornaments I made out of vintage bulb reflectors and vintage costume jewelry. I’ve shown them several times, but this particular picture is from one of my previous “Happy Holidays” posts.
Sometimes you can just find or buy vintage ornaments, too, using them instead of seeing them thrown away. I have bought them at thrift stores, but I also have won them in bloggy giveaways, like these below. They are sooo pretty!
Even if you do find old ornaments at thrift stores, or have old ornaments of your own, you can recycle and remake them into something new, like I did the year I was craving an all red-and-white tree but didn’t want to spend a ton of money.
You can also recycle things that weren’t originally ornaments at all, like using vintage clip-on earrings to decorate mini-trees, like I did for the tree in my son’s room.
That doesn’t even scratch the surface, either, when you add in all the recycled book page, sheet music, rusty junk, vintage object ornaments and decor. All of that is recycling!
See? So easy! I bet you have already been doing it and didn’t even realize it!
If you’re looking for more ideas on being green, even if you are a renter or apartment dweller, check out the Apartment Guide:
- Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers tips on how to make your apartment greenerand make the most of your space on the Apartment Guide blog.
- If you’re ready for a whole new space or looking to move, ApartmentGuide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you search for green apartment communities.
- Apartment Guide offers tips on how to make eco-friendly cleaning productsand save you money.
- “Like” Apartment Guide on Facebook, tweet at them @AptGuideon Twitter, “circle” them on Google+and follow them on Pinterest for real-time tips and updates on how to make the most of your small space.
$50 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway
And here’s the best part. Since even the best recyclers need products from time to time (glue, paint, tools, equipment), The Apartment Guide is giving away a $50 gift card to Home Depot. Simply leave a comment below with your favorite green tip, and I’ll pick a winner nexxt weekend!
This post is part of my Christmas Parade series of Christmas blog posts for 2012. To see the entire post schedule and all the linky parties and other fun, check out the Christmas Parade Welcome post.
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