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Earth Day: 2014 Earth Day Index

30 Apr

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For being reluctant to commit to another 30 Days of Earth Day, I think this year’s series has been very successful.  At the end of last year’s festivities I published the Earth Day Index which includes all the links we shared during Earth Month.  I really didn’t expect to add much research this year since our whole theme was Keep It Simple, but it turns out that we added a bunch of new resources and I think it’s time to update the index.  Below are all the links from last year’s index with new links from this year added.

If you’re reading this on the day it’s published, I’m on a plane right now to Ohio to spend time with friends and family.  I’m so excited and it feels completely appropriate to be finishing this series as I focus on working on another big project.  The other thing about our month of Earth Day series is that I’m excited about blogging again.  I’m going on some great trips this year and have lots of projects going so I hope to share those with you in between my blocks of traveling.

I hope you enjoyed our 2nd Annual 30 Days of Earth Day.  You can see all our Earth Day posts here.  Stick around Without a Map for great content all year and looks like we’ll probably do this again in 2015.

~ April

The Earth Day Index (updated for 2014)

Ways to Go Green
Some pieces of gym equipment are more eco-friendly than others (2014)
Good for your buns, good for the environment (2014)
Green gyms focus on high-power workouts, low-power usage (2014)
Click Clean (2014)
How to Save Energy by Eliminating Phantom Loads
How Smart Power Strips Work
10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
Saving Money by Going Green
Xeriscape
Earth Friendly Tips for a Lush Lawn
19 Easy Home Winterization Projects
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2 Household Appliances You Should Unplug to Save You Money
How to Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater
10 Tips for the Thermostat
Pledge an Act of Green
Audit Your Home’s Energy Usage

Going Green in the Kitchen
How to Go Green: In the Kitchen
8 Ways to Go ‘Green’ in Your Kitchen
Go Green in the Kitchen
5 Simple Kitchen Composting Tips
Refrigerators: Cooling Down Your Electric Bill

Going Green in the Laundry Room
A Clothesline will Save Big Money, Energy and Carbon Emissions
8 Trips for a Green Laundry
Washing Machine Water Usage
Chronic Over-Washer?
Go Green in the Laundry Room
Green Laundry Tips
How to Go Green: Laundry

Going Green in the Bathroom
Navy Showers
The Great Unwashed
How to Convert Any Toilet to a Low Flush Toilet
If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow
Replace Your Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
10 Ways to Green Your Bathroom
How to Go Green: In the Bathroom

Going Green on the Go
Take a hike: the benefits of outdoor activity (2014)
The great outdoors: how a green exercise environment can benefit all (2014)
How to Ditch Your Car and Bike Everywhere
How to Start a Carpool
Save Gas, Money, and the Environment with Properly Inflated Tires
Public Transportation Benefits
Environmental Benefits of Bicycling

Water
Every Last Drop (2014)
Drip Irrigation vs. a Soaker Hose (2014)
How to fix a leaky outdoor faucet (2014)
National Geographic Water Footprint Calculator
Grace Water Footprint Calculator
Kemira Water Footprint Calculator
Of Farms, Folks, and Fish
California’s Water-Energy Relationship
Water-related Energy Use in California
A New Plan to Fix California Water System
Greywater
How to Check for Water Leaks
Fixing Leaks Around the Home
Earth-Friendly Water Saving Tips

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Cheat Neutral (2014)
How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where (2014)
Terracycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Revisited
Online Catalogs
Paper Karma (app)
How to Dispose of CFLs
How to Make a Party Box
Paper, Plastic, or Something Better?
1-800-Recycling
Council for Textile Recycling

The Planet, Nature, And Us
The Cosmos TV Series (2014)
Environmental Health (2014)
The Economic Impact of Climate Change
The Environmental Justice Movement
Almost Everything You Need to Know About Environmental Justice
Race and Poverty Matter, Even on Earth Day
Environmental Justice Organizations
Greenbelt Movement
Give Us National Parks, But Please, Not Its Regulations
Diversity in the Outdoors
We’re Rich! (In Nature)
National Wildlife Federation
Outside Mom
National Get Outdoors Day
National Park Foundation
Trust for Public Land
Nature Deficit Disorder
National Park Service Volunteer Page
Plant a Tree
Benefits of Parks
Health Benefits of the Natural World

Food
On Miner’s Lettuce: America’s Gift to Salad (2014)
Starter Vegetable Gardens (2014)
Environmental Benefits of Organic and Local Food
Local Harvest CSA Locator
5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water
Cannery Launches a CSA for Seafood
Community Supported Agriculture for Meat and Eggs
Smoky Tomato and Lentil Soup
Seafood Watch Ocean Issues
Unhappy Meals – Michael Pollan
Organic vs. Pesticides
The Carbon Footprint of Food

Interactive Education
Without a Map’s Earth Day YouTube Playlist
OpenYale Courses
Harvard Open Courses
webcast.Berkeley
MIT Open Courseware
Udacity
Edx
Open Education Database
Intro to Environmental Science
iTunes U
Coursera
TED Talks: Environment
Good Dirt (podcast)
Living on Earth (podcast)
NPR Environment Podcast
NPR: Climate Connections Podcast
Monster Talk (podcast)
Slate’s Table to Farm (podcast)
Radiolab (podcast)

DIY
Clever reuse ideas for plastic bread tags (2014)
Bread Clip Monster Garland (2014)
Upcycled Bread Clip Picture Frame (our most popular Earth Day 2014 post)
T-Shirt Bag (2014)
Bottle Cap Magnets (2014)
Big Box Detox
How To Make Plarn
T-Shirt Surgery
Upcycling on Craftster
Upcycling on Pinterest
Rolled Kitchen Towels Tutorial
Green Crafting Round-up
20+ Unique Bird Feeders
How to Make Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent
Tipnut

Buying Green
AmazonSmile (2014)
What’s the Scoop on Bulk Foods? (2014)
Zero Waste Home (2014)
Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas
Good Guide
Save the Environment with Thrift Shopping
Alternative Reuseable Menstrual Products
Online Shopping: Better for the Environment?
Better World Shopper
How to Shop Green

Green Products & Companies We Mentioned
High Country Health Foods (2014)
Eel River Brewing (2014)
Pizza Port (2014)
Bear Republic (2014)
Great Lakes Brewing Company (2014)
Stone Brewing (2014)
Alchemy Goods
Klean Kanteen
Platypus Bottle
Bobble Bottles
Silpat
Energy STAR Qualified Products
Go Glass
Contigo Autoseal Mugs
Ecologix Daily Planner
Glad Rags
Diva Cup
Energy STAR Light Bulbs 
Soap Nuts
Folding Laundry Rack

And Some Other Fun Stuff…
Cloud Computing’s Hidden Green Benefits (2014)
Energy Efficiency Potential of Cloud-Based Software (2014)
Searching the Planet to Find Power for the Cloud (2014)
Eco-Chick
Geocaching
If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online
Earth Day Events
I=PAT
Captain Planet
Where Does a Mother’s Time Go?
The Future of Leisure that Never Arrived
5 Marketing Lessons from the Bottled Water Industry

The Earth Day Index

30 Apr

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I hope you enjoyed our 30 Days of Earth Day series.  We really enjoyed working on it!  Since we’re both pretty research-oriented, I’m sure it was a lot to take in, so to make life easier we created an index of all the resources we shared over the month – plus a few extras!  You can view all the posts in our Earth Day series right here.

Ways to Go Green
How to Save Energy by Eliminating Phantom Loads
How Smart Power Strips Work
10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
Saving Money by Going Green
Xeriscape
Earth Friendly Tips for a Lush Lawn
19 Easy Home Winterization Projects
12 Household Appliances You Should Unplug to Save You Money
How to Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater
10 Tips for the Thermostat
Pledge an Act of Green
Audit Your Home’s Energy Usage

Going Green in the Kitchen
How to Go Green: In the Kitchen
8 Ways to Go ‘Green’ in Your Kitchen
Go Green in the Kitchen
5 Simple Kitchen Composting Tips
Refrigerators: Cooling Down Your Electric Bill

Going Green in the Laundry Room
A Clothesline will Save Big Money, Energy and Carbon Emissions
8 Trips for a Green Laundry
Washing Machine Water Usage
Chronic Over-Washer?
Go Green in the Laundry Room
Green Laundry Tips
How to Go Green: Laundry

Going Green in the Bathroom
Navy Showers
The Great Unwashed
How to Convert Any Toilet to a Low Flush Toilet
If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow
Replace Your Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets
10 Ways to Green Your Bathroom
How to Go Green: In the Bathroom

Going Green on the Go
How to Ditch Your Car and Bike Everywhere
How to Start a Carpool
Save Gas, Money, and the Environment with Properly Inflated Tires
Public Transportation Benefits
Environmental Benefits of Bicycling

Water
National Geographic Water Footprint Calculator
Grace Water Footprint Calculator
Kemira Water Footprint Calculator
Of Farms, Folks, and Fish
California’s Water-Energy Relationship
Water-related Energy Use in California
A New Plan to Fix California Water System
Greywater
How to Check for Water Leaks
Fixing Leaks Around the Home
Earth-Friendly Water Saving Tips

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Terracycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Revisited
Online Catalogs
Paper Karma (app)
How to Dispose of CFLs
How to Make a Party Box
Paper, Plastic, or Something Better?
1-800-Recycling
Council for Textile Recycling

The Planet, Nature, And Us
The Economic Impact of Climate Change
The Environmental Justice Movement
Almost Everything You Need to Know About Environmental Justice
Race and Poverty Matter, Even on Earth Day
Environmental Justice Organizations
Greenbelt Movement
Give Us National Parks, But Please, Not Its Regulations
Diversity in the Outdoors
We’re Rich! (In Nature)
National Wildlife Federation
Outside Mom
National Get Outdoors Day
National Park Foundation
Trust for Public Land
Nature Deficit Disorder
National Park Service Volunteer Page
Plant a Tree
Benefits of Parks
Health Benefits of the Natural World

Food
Environmental Benefits of Organic and Local Food
Local Harvest CSA Locator
5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water
Cannery Launches a CSA for Seafood
Community Supported Agriculture for Meat and Eggs
Smoky Tomato and Lentil Soup
Seafood Watch Ocean Issues
Unhappy Meals – Michael Pollan
Organic vs. Pesticides
The Carbon Footprint of Food

Interactive Education
Without a Map’s Earth Day YouTube Playlist
OpenYale Courses
Harvard Open Courses
webcast.Berkeley
MIT Open Courseware
Udacity
Edx
Open Education Database
Intro to Environmental Science
iTunes U
Coursera
TED Talks: Environment
Good Dirt (podcast)
Living on Earth (podcast)
NPR Environment Podcast
NPR: Climate Connections Podcast
Monster Talk (podcast)
Slate’s Table to Farm (podcast)
Radiolab (podcast)

DIY
Big Box Detox
How To Make Plarn
T-Shirt Surgery
Upcycling on Craftster
Upcycling on Pinterest
Rolled Kitchen Towels Tutorial
Green Crafting Round-up
20+ Unique Bird Feeders
How to Make Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent
Tipnut

Buying Green
Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas
Good Guide
Save the Environment with Thrift Shopping
Alternative Reuseable Menstrual Products
Online Shopping: Better for the Environment?
Better World Shopper
How to Shop Green

Green Products We Mentioned
Alchemy Goods
Klean Kanteen
Platypus Bottle
Bobble Bottles
Silpat
Energy STAR Qualified Products
Go Glass
Contigo Autoseal Mugs
Ecologix Daily Planner
Glad Rags
Diva Cup
Energy STAR Light Bulbs
Soap Nuts
Folding Laundry Rack

And Some Other Fun Stuff…
Eco-Chick
Geocaching
If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online
Earth Day Events
I=PAT
Captain Planet
Where Does a Mother’s Time Go?
The Future of Leisure that Never Arrived
5 Marketing Lessons from the Bottled Water Industry

Thanks for joining us!

~April and Robin

Earth Day: A Favorite Resource

28 Apr

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Whether you’re looking for natural recipes for weed killers, air fresheners or bath products, TipNut has links to all sorts of things to make your life greener and more natural.

Here are some of my favorite tips:
Homemade Herbal Cleaner Recipes
Color Enhancing Shampoos & Rinses
20 Things You Can Use Twice Before Tossing
25 Vintage Household Tips
12 Easy Ways to Go Green (And Save Cash)

~April

FTW Wednesday: The Muir Project

15 Feb

This phenomenal project documents the adventures of a motley crew of artists (and their absurdly heavy packs) on the 230 mile John Muir Trail. They are continuing the adventure through blog posts and videos on their website.

Almost There – The Muir Project from The Muir Project on Vimeo.

I admit to feeling a pang of envy when they post something new. (Experts in the field call this phenomenon “FoMO,” or “Fear of Missing Out.”) Anyone want to take a little walk with me next summer?

~Robin

Donations for Japan

28 Mar

Japan is a hot topic right now, if you haven’t heard. You may be wondering how you can help, but you don’t want to get scammed in the process.

Let me introduce you to your new best friend for charities, Charity Navigator.  It rates charities and also lets you know if all of your donation will be used for the area in which you gave.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: How to Help.  This is for the Japan effort specifically.  If you look to the side there’s a list of charities, their ratings and a column which states if your donation will go solely to Japan relief or not.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just about Japan, this is an awesome resource for all your charity needs!  However, since Japan is current, here’s a few other neat links that relate:

WE ADD UP – We Love Japan shirt.  WE ADD UP is awesome.  Organic cotton shirts for awesome causes, and you get your own unique number when you order the shirt.

Zombie Squad.  I’m sure I’ll get some eye-rolls for this one, but aside from my zombie obsession, it’s an awesome organization.  Their members raised over $13,000 in days!  All of this money is going to Japan!  How cool.  ZS itself though?  A community that believes in disaster preparedness.  Being ready for “zombies” means being ready for floods, earthquakes, fires, etc.  Learning how to cope, what to expect and having a plan.  There’s discussions on everything from firearms, to bug-out-bags (BOBs, a packed bag to grab when you have to leave FAST), to first aid, to…yes, zombies.  Check them out!

 

~Manda

February Show and Tell

2 Mar

I got a lot more crafting done this month than I normally do, probably thanks to getting back into swapping.  So here’s the part of the month where I show you all the projects that I made (that I didn’t tear out or break in frustration of their being awful) and share the links for you to make your own.

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Kitchen towels

These are just embellished Target towels made for a swap… nothing fancy. Just ribbon and bias tape. I might put up a tutorial later, but only if people are interested.

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Leaf Cup Cuddler

Mine didn’t come out as even as it could have, but I always knit in a wonky gauge. This was also for a swap. I knit the whole thing during the Superbowl.

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Dr. Seuss Pouch

Of course this is from Noodlehead… I love how her patterns turn out. For this one, I added a few bells to the keyring. I think it helps keep up the Dr. Seuss style.

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Car Organizer

I made some adjustments from the original pattern. For one, I used webbing and a buckle for the attachment at the top. On the bottom, I sewed two loops and tied nylon cording to it. Since I couldn’t try the pattern out on my swap partner’s car before sending, I wanted it to be as adjustable as possible. I also sewed a backing onto the whole thing to make it a bit more sturdy.

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Flannel Slippers

This pattern wins my personal gold star for the month. I’d tried making slippers before and let’s just say that it wasn’t a pretty picture. These were simple, fast, and turned out really nice. I was sad to send these out, but it helped that they were too small for my feet. I’ll definitely be using the pattern many more times.

Thanks to all those who put their patterns out there for us to use!

~april

More Christmas Craftiness

6 Jan

Sewing Machine

The other day I posted tons of pictures of my canning stuff. Well, this batch will be a lot smaller since for some reason I didn’t get it together enough to take gorgeous portraits of my other handmade stuff. In fact, I even handed over a broomstick lace scarf to a friend with the disclaimer that she’d have to weave the last four ends in because I lost my crochet hook. Oh, yes. This is how organized I am. If it were me, I’d probably just leave the ends hanging.

I do have a few pics to share, and more importantly the pattern links. I don’t think I mentioned that that’s my main goal for these types of posts. There are so many great patterns and recipes on the internet that sometimes I feel I can’t contribute anything better than what’s already been done. I’m going to try my damnedest though. And in the mean time, you can take a look at my interpretations of patterns from these talented bloggers.

Gathered clutch for mom
Gathered Clutch

Noodlehead is one of my favorite places to find sewing tutorials. Seriously, I’m thinking of making my New Year’s Resolution to try every last one of her tutorials. I already made one of these for myself earlier in the year with the pockets and everything, but I made this one plain and I like it even more. I might need to make a double for me…

Box bag for Susan
Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch

I don’t always love how my projects turn out, but I LOVE this one. It’s incredibly useful. The long zipper makes it easy to fit a lot of stuff in and then actually see everything you crammed in it later. In fact, I liked it so much I made one for another friend.

Travel wallet (inside)
Travel Organizer

My friend left early for break to visit family in Mexico. I had this cute “It’s A Small World” vibe fabric laying around for about a year waiting for the perfect project and decided it would go perfectly with the travel organizer. Voila! Unfortunately, I chopped the Mexican boy in two. Pobrecito.

I made a few other things, but as mentioned I didn’t get pics or they didn’t have patterns. So you’ll have to do without. Sorry.

Did you make anything from a pattern you love for the holidays?
~April

Christmas Gifts: Canning

4 Jan

2010 canning

Every year I seem to get a little bit better at giving handmade.  I think it’s because my repertoire of handmade gifts is slowly expanding.  It began with knitting.  Last year I gave some sewn gifts and this year I added canning to the mix.  Who knows? I might be building people houses by next year.

Each month I want to share a roundup of crafty things I’ve been working on.   Whenever I come up with amazingawesomeincrediblefantastic original projects, I’ll post them up here on their own, but anything I’ve pulled from a pattern or recipe will just have to share their posts.

To start that tradition out, I’m sharing some of the Christmas craftiness I indulged in this year.  Since Christmas is such a crafty time, I’m going to split this installment into two posts, starting with my canned goods.

This was my first year canning.  The picture at the top of the post shares the fruits of my year’s worth of labor.  Obviously there were a lot of failures.  A whole day’s worth of canning one weekend left me with one jar of berry jam and a pot full of exploded zucchini salsa.  The one jar I did save didn’t even taste all that great.  I didn’t discover the awesomeness of half-pint sized jars until about 2 weeks before Christmas so a lot of my ventures ended with one large jar of jam.  Now that I’ve discovered the increased gift-giving (and jam-keeping) potential of the smaller jars I think this pile will triple for next year’s presents.

There are a ton of beautiful jam labels out there, but I decided to go the cheapo route.  I didn’t want to buy a new color cartridge for my computer (well, I did, but I didn’t want to spend the money on it) so I just cut out circles of my sadly neglected scrapbooking paper and slapped it on the jar with double-sided tape.

Here are the different types of goodies and links to recipes:
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Actually Easy Lemon Ginger Marmalade

Anytime someone tells you marmalade is easy I suggest you laugh heartily in their face. While the actual cooking of the marmalade is easy (and this recipe turned out much more marmaladey than my other attempt), the prep is unavoidably cumbersome. The finished product was yummy though despite my suspicions that it didn’t cook long enough to make the peel soft and my fear that the ginger might be too clumpy.

Chocolate pear
Pear and Chocolate Jam

I made a ton of this stuff because… who doesn’t love chocolate (besides my coworker who’s allergic – how sad!)? The recipe was super quick and simple, if not detailed.

Cole mugging

My cat decided he couldn’t have me taking pictures without climbing up on the shelves and getting involved.

Orange carrot marmalade
Carrot and Orange Marmalade (from Preserving the Harvest)

This recipe turned out a little watery and took way more time than the Ginger, but for one of my first attempts at canning it was a success.

Spicy pickled carrots
Spicy Pickled Carrots

I haven’t had a chance to try these yet, but I cannot wait. A few weeks a go I had a vegetarian bahn mi sandwich from the Nom Nom Truck. I sliced them pretty thin so these carrots would go great on a sandwich like that. I’m also hoping to put them on tacos and just eating them straight from the jar. Only another week or two…

Nutella
Heavenly Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Spread

I think this may have been the most successful gift (in my mind anyway). It was super easy, came out perfectly and allowed me to use my new food processor. I used grapeseed oil in my first batch rather than canola and liked that better. Maybe just because I prefer grapeseed oil. It wasn’t technically canned, but according to the giftees it wouldn’t have lasted long in the cupboard anyway. Some people used it on popcorn and I dipped homemade soft pretzels into it so it’s versatile, too!

Next up from me: the rest of my Christmas crafting.

~ April