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Two Incredible Tricks to Save Energy June 7, 2013

Wasting energy harms the atmosphere and increases your carbon footprint. When you waste water, not only are you contributing to the shortage, you’re also getting rid of energy that’s used to transport the water to your home, so it’s a doubly heinous crime. And I hate to remind all you homeowners of it, but I’m pretty sure the electricity bill doesn’t pay itself!

 

Rapid Wash Cycle

If your washing machine has a ‘rapid wash’ setting, use that instead. As the name suggests, it will be faster, and it will save energy.

 

Save Water

Replace the water in the back tank of your toilet with a filled water bottle or a brick. You’ll save so much water. I’m not sure of the science behind this, but I think it may be there just to weigh down the toilet, so a heavy item will be just fine.

 

I hope you enjoy conserving amazing amounts of energy. It’s your duty.

Ceej

 

Instruments Made From Trash May 28, 2013

Filed under: Keep the Ground Clean,Make Your Own,Recycling — rolemodelsforme @ 12:13 pm
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Reusing is a great thing to do. It saves a lot of garbage and can be used for really fun purposes. Reusing items is a great thing to do and I have an example.

At my school, the first graders do an annual event where they create instruments using only garbage. I think this is a really great idea, for fun and for eco-friendliness. The event is done in first grade, but that didn’t stop me from using this idea to create instruments from garbage at home. I really enjoy doing it. Some of these instruments can be simple, others can be really sophisticated. No matter how you make your instrument, it is really fun to make it and play on it. I’m now going to show off some really cool instruments from Google images!

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Images: Copyright © Google Images

Thanks!!

-Hallie

Bonsai Contributor

 

Earth Day Crafts and Activities April 22, 2013

Filed under: Going Green,Holidays,Make Your Own — mochi @ 1:25 am
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The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...

I searched around until I found a couple gigantic lists of things to do for Earth Day! At my school, we’re planting some things to take home and making recycled bracelets. If any of you fabulous followers are parents, I’m sure your kids would love these fun activities that can teach them the importance of recycling.

 

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/earth-day-linky-party/

 

http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2013/earth-day-activities-for-kids/

 

There are many activities you can do. I hope you enjoy 

Happy Earth Day, you all!

Ceej

 

Easter! March 31, 2013

Filed under: Animals,Going Green,Holidays,Make Your Own — mochi @ 4:12 pm
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Happy Easter, friends! If you do or don’t celebrate it, I hope you have a great day either way.

Here are a couple tips and ideas:

If you use real eggs to dye, don’t eat them. This isn’t because they’re colorful, but because you’ve probably been keeping them on display. If you want to eat them, you can poke holes in each side and blow/drain the insides onto a pan or in a bowl, then dye the shells.

Use the insides to make your scrambled eggs or something, and make sure they’re free range first.

Ditch the Easter grass. It’s messy, unhealthy for the environment, and a waste of money because you’ll throw it away and keep buying it year after year. Honestly, what’s the point of it? If lost outside, animals can choke on it. (If inside, it is also a hazard for infants.) So steer clear!

Reuse all of your items next year- wreaths, baskets, eggs, etc.

Buy fair trade chocolate from companies like Black & Green or Endangered Species. That way you’ll get a delicious treat, and you’ll be supporting their efforts.

Instead of hiding  things in the eggs, use eggs of different sizes to determine the prize. Bonus points if you use the dyed shells. That way if any eggs are lost, the chocolate won’t be found by animals. Or if you’re the type to put money in your eggs, it won’t be lost! Natural egg shells are the best way to go, because they will decompose quickly if not found. When people do find eggs, a small egg will be for a small treat, big egg for a big treat, etc.

Have a fun Easter! Remember to reuse, reduce, and recycle!

 

Grow Your Own Veggie Garden February 18, 2013

Filed under: Growing Veggies,Health,Make Your Own,Plants — Maryse @ 10:39 am

Maybe you have enough of going to that supermarket to buy herbs to flavour your food. And yes, it costs money. And they have pesticides. And you eat these herbs with pesticides. That is WAY too gross! So, why not grow your OWN herbs? Ones with no pesticides? And no expensive Dollars/Euro,Yen ETC to pay for? Well, you got it. Here are some plant tips:

Plants need light. So place them in places were there is enough light for them to prosper.Plants need good soil. Good soil should give grip to the roots, prevents water draining away (That is wasted water, also not good!) and is filled with nutrients. 

Plants need water. Some need less water than others, so check on the seed pack when you buy seeds for planting to see how much water they need.

Some plants need support for growing. If you are going to plant tomatoes, you should add a firm stick as soon as they start growing thin and tall.

SOP: Save Our Plants

Protection. Some bugs have the sweet tooth for some plants, and love to eat them. So if your plants are bothered by aphids, a common nasty surprise for both plants and humans, it’s a wise decision to add Ladybirds on these plants, because aphids are lunch for Ladybirds. Birds help too, and strong scented herbs help make the pests pack their bags and leave too.

If you want to protect young plants from slugs and snails (I had that problem too) put them on a table top.  If you plant fruit, use netting to protect the fruit from birds.

Pots

Plants need to grow somewhere. Often we chose pots.  You can use pots, containers, and bins.

Lables

Labels are very handy. You can know which plant is which, so you don’t put nettle on your food instead of basil. (Ouch!)

So here are your plant tips!

If you have any questions about plants, EG, ”Where do I grow tomatoes?” Comment below! I will answer, and the Bonsai Staff!

Ruby, Administrator of Bonsai

 

 

How to Make a Hanging Bottle Planter January 22, 2013

Filed under: Crafts,Lifestyle,Recycling — mochi @ 12:54 am

Rainbow Zinnia Planter

Dear Bonsai readers, how does your garden grow? Is it hanging from ribbons in a tree? Probably not. But if you do this fun and easy craft that keeps bottles out of the landfill, it will be!

What You Need
Empty water bottle
Ribbon, wire, or pipe cleaners- basically any kind of cord
Soil
Seeds for small plants like flowers
Scissors
Pushpin
Toothpick

What You Do
Poke four holes in a large rectangle around the bottle, these will mark where the opening will be. Cut open the rectangle with your scissors and recycle the cut plastic. Then get your ribbon/cord. Tie one end around the cap of the bottle, which should be screwed on tightly. Then, tie the other end around the back of the bottle. After that is done, fill it with soil. Poke two or three holes with your toothpick, as deep as possible. Put your seeds in and cover the holes with dirt. Hang from a hook outside, or a sturdy branch on a tree, and water every morning. Then make a lot more!

Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai
Go Green or Go Home

 

 
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