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DIY: Eco Friendly Beeswax Candles

I love candles because they can be used in many ways. For some, it can be the perfect gift, while other times it can be used as a simple decoration added towards a room. Once a candle is lit up, it has the ability to add a great ambiance towards a home. For all those that want a candle in their house, whether it being used as a decoration or to light up the room, here is a perfect and easy way to make an eco friendly beeswax candle.

 However, before I get started on explaining the proper steps to making a beeswax candle, I first want to discuss why beeswax candles are better to make then regular wax candles.
Why choose Beeswax:
-Burn brighter, longer, and cleaner
-Gives off little smoke
-Smells great and has a natural honey smell
-Great for those that are sensitive to perfume

Now it is time to make some candles!

Materials: Enough beeswax to fill container (easy to use in pellets or blocks)



-Essential oil (10-12 drops per every 5.5 ounces of wax)-optional
-One wick (not lead)
-Glass container

-Melt your beeswax in a double boiler. You do not want it to be in direct contact with the heat

Once it melts, dip the metal part of the wick in the melted wax

Use the hot wax to secure the wick to the bottom of the glass container

Let the wax cool down then add the essential oils. Pour the wax into the container.
 Let it cool down before using and then trim the wick.



 You got yourself a beeswax candle!

This awesome DIY project is not only eco-friendly but also energy efficient! It is a way to reuse many household items in a fun and simple way to create an amazing artsy outdoor chandelier. Great for any summer party or event.

Materials Needed:
Small Glass Jars
Large and small S hooks and wire
Cooling rack
Beaded Chain
Step 1:

First begin by making sure all of your materials are washed. You will probably want about 10-12 jars, maybe more depending on how you want to arrange them.

Turn your cooling rack over. At the center you need to criss-cross two lengths of the thicker gauge wire and loop the ends through the feet of the rack, securing them by twisting or using wire crimps.

At the point where the two wires cross, attach the large S hook by, again twisting or using a wire crimp. Make sure the lengths of the wire are even so that when you go to hang your chandelier it will be level.

Take the thinner wire and start twisting it around all of your jars just under the lip for the lid. Go around each one three or four times, then twist the ends around the wrapped section to secure.

Step 2:

Next using wire cutters cut varying lengths of beaded chain twice the length you want each jar to hang from the top of the chandelier.

Loop one piece of beaded chain through the thin wire surrounding one jar and secure the ends together with locking links. Repeat with all jars.

Fill each jar with sand or small pebbles so they will be weighed down once you hang them. Add a votive candle to each and push it down into the sand or pebbles.

Choose a location and hang the rack. Once that is done take your small S hooks and start hanging the jars in varying patterns, but make sure to keep the weight balanced.



DIY of the Week: Mini Succulent Garden

While browsing through pinterest, I came across the picture above and fell in love. You’re going to be making a beautiful mini garden and doing your part to recycle. This would be a good time to knock on your neighbor’s door, “Hey do you happen to have some eggs?” Once you tell them what you will be creating, I’m sure they’d want to try it too!

Within 10 minutes, I’ve completed this ridiculously easy and beautiful DIY project. The mini succulent garden is perfect for a window sill or a center piece!

Everything you need is shown here.

dirt
egg shells
moss
succulents
egg carton
flowers (optional)

1. and 2. Empty egg from the shells, and put some dirt, soil and/or moss into the shells.

3. and 4. Fill the shells with succulents and flowers. Put the completed egg shells into the carton.

An Eco-Friendly Memorial Day Weekend

Whether you’re having a barbeque or a picnic, Memorial Day Weekend means it must be summertime! What better way to kick off the season than a fun, healthy, and eco-friendly cookout. Before enjoying the delicious recipes below, check out the following sustainable tips on hosting your get together:

  1. Say no to disposables because it’s time to whip out the plates, cups, and silverware. You can always ask to borrow some dishes from a friend if you’re throwing a large party.
  2. To help your guests become proactive with recycling, have a recycling station set up where they can throw away any cans, food packaging, or bottles.
  3. Encourage your guests to walk, bike, take public transportation, or carpool to the party.
  4. When purchasing ingredients, don’t forget to support your local farmer’s market! Organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients will make all the difference.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that bring the flavor and color of summer to the table:

Mango Nectarine Salad


 

Deviled Avocados

 

 

Grilled Portabellos Stuffed with Summer Veggies

 

 

Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes


 

Happy eating!

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The Leftover Garden

If you’re planning an upcoming event or dinner party in the near future, remember to recycle the scrap ends of your produce. I’m talking about the root ends that you cut off of your vegetables and sometimes throw away. Tossing produce leftovers is a huge waste considering that they can be composted into nutrient rich soil or regenerated by being placed in water. Rather than choosing only one method of recycling leftovers, why not do both! As you set aside some of your produce scraps for composting, save the root ends for your very own leftover garden!

Green Onions

Cut your onions as normal but leave 1 or 2 inches of the root. Place the bulb ends in a cup with some water and put near a window. Change the water every other day. After a week, cut off the stalks and enjoy.

Celery

Cut the stalks off of your celery and put the bulb end  in a cup of warm water. Set the plant near a window and replant in soil after about a week.

Carrots

Cut your carrots and leave about an inch of the root. Stick a toothpick into the sides of the root and balance on top of a cup or glass. Make sure that the cut end of the stump is facing downward and fill the glass with water so that it barely touches the bottom edge. Continue to refill the glass as the water level lowers.

Avocado

Insert three toothpicks into the sides of the seed. Make sure that the pointed end faces upward. Balance the toothpick and seed on a cup or glass. Fill the glass so that the bottom half of the seed is submerged in water. Continue to refill the glass as the water level lowers. After a few weeks, a small root will sprout out of the flat end and tiny leaves will begin to grow. Later, when the main stem emerges, replant the seed in potting soil.

For more leftover garden ideas, check out Ecosalon.com.

A Recycled Chandelier

Save money on decorations and practice good recycling habits by making a chandelier out of found materials. Chandeliers are perfect for indoor or outdoor occasions and add an elegant touch to any event. If you have a specific theme in mind, start collecting objects with colors that fit theme of your decor. Get creative and make the piece as simple or as grand as you like. Here are some amazing examples of chandeliers made from recycled and repurposed materials.

Artist: Stuart Haygarth

Materials: Collection of ‘man made’ debris washed up on the shores of Kent coastline

Artist: Stuart Haygarth

Materials: 1,000 plastic party poppers collected in London after New Years

Artist: unknown

Materials: plastic bottles

Artist: unknown

Materials: recycled milk crates

Artist: unknown

Materials: plastic dolls

Artists : Toby barrat, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust

Materials: recycled drinking glasses

Artists: unknown
Materials: 15 recycled world globes

BikeRacker

Being environmentally friendly can be difficult at the moment. Not only can it be more expensive to buy environmentally friendly products, the world is made for convenience, not for environmental consciousness. Luckily there are people everyday trying to be conscious!

One exciting – and very useful – program is  called BikeRacker (http://www.bikeracker.com/). The idea is that this program will provide bike racks for events so that people can ride their bikes and not worry about where they will lock up their bikes once they get to the event.

The bright blue racks are locked up near the event to leave space for handrails and other important infrastructure free of bikes and locks. This means a much safer environment – and a better look as well! The racks are blue which makes them really easy to locate once you get to where you are going. The racks actually fold down for easy storage and for transport. The racks can be locked together or to something close by to keep them safe.

Originally started in Portland, Oregon, BikeRacker is now offering its service to the San Francisco Bay Area. They have provided space for 1000s of cyclists in events that had over 20,000 attendees to small house parties with only a few cyclists.

Vegan Love

People are so busy with work that it’s sometimes difficult to slow down and show your other half how much you love them. Thankfully we have Valentine’s Day to remind us of how important it is to go the extra mile for the one you love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to celebrate Valentine’s Day, all you need is love and a little creativity. Here are four inexpensive and eco friendly ideas that are fun and easy to do!

1. Write a love letter on recycled paper and turn it into a book mark for your loved one. Rescue paper bags, newspaper, thin cardboard or any other paper material that would otherwise be put to waste. A love letter written via email is a good way to stay green, but if you want your other half to read about how much you love them everyday, make a love letter that they will be able to see and use every time they open up their favorite book

2. This might sound cliche but eating chocolate covered strawberries is one of the best Valentine’s Day activities. Preparation is simple and the end result is always euphoric and delicious! Check out Well Vegan for a vegan chocolate covered strawberry recipe.

3. Have an outdoor or indoor picnic. If the weather is nice and you have a favorite spot in mind, set up your picnic outdoors. But if it’s late and a bit too cold to lounge outside, feel free to have your picnic at home. Either way, light some soy candles and lay a blanket out on the floor. Prepare food and drinks that you both enjoy and take the picnic slow. For vegan picnic recipes go to Oakland Local.

4.  There’s no better way to show someone you love them then by bringing them breakfast in bed. Whip up some homemade coffee, juice, fresh fruit and vegan pancakes with all the fixings. Put thought into the presentation and get ready for a beautiful day! Check out Food.com  for a delicious vegan pancake recipe.