Month: April 2008

Tips On How to Shop Green

Wanna know how you can help save the environment in your own small ways? Here are simple and easy steps that can make a BIG difference. Remember, a little goes a long way. Let’s all do our share and work hand-in-hand in taking care of our precious planet Earth.

Go Big. One big package or container is better than purchasing several smaller ones. Buying in large units save you money and the environment by reducing half or even a third of your trash.

Carry your own shopping bag. Today, groceries provide re-usable Green Bags that can be used instead of plastic bags. Don’t forget to take your green bag with you each time you take a trip to the supermarket. When shopping at the mall or at thrift shops, it’s also a good idea to bring your own recycled bag with you.

Recycle. Buy drinks or food items in re-usable containers. Be creative in recycling wastes. For instance, ice cream containers can be used for planting flowers or veggies, egg shells and potato peels can be used as fertilizers, empty wine bottles can be used as vases or ornaments, and more.

Segregate recyclable wastes. Segregate dry, recyclable wastes from the wet and unrecyclable ones. Separate biodegradable wastes from the non-biodegradable wastes.

Bring your own refillable mug. You can save hundreds of coffee cups or Styrofoam containers in a month by bringing your own mug to your favorite coffee shop and have it refilled instead.

Go easy on the disposables:

  • Go for a re-usable razor instead of disposable ones.
  • Go for rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
  • When hosting parties, use real plates and glasses instead of paper plates and cups.
  • As much as possible, use cloth diapers instead of disposable ones.
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April Shop of the Month: Cyber Bistro Boutique

 

I’m happy to announce that our featured shop for the whole month of April is none other than the Cyber Bistro Boutique. This online shop offers crafts and art works that are personally handmade and designed by the CyberBistro artists.
I particularly love the website. It looks so cozy and authentic, with no annoying ads or banners to distract your attention. I checked out the artists/crafters of the shop and here are my favorite items.
Janet Casey specializes in wall art featuring dogs, cats, boats and golf. These handmade wall decorations are sold for only $20.
Darlene Klister creates jewelries made out of shells, beads, and glass. The designs are one-of-a-kind. Take a look at this Nautilus necklace featuring Malachite stones and Ammonite fossils wrapped in silver.
If you love glass work, you’ll surely fall in love with this beautiful art piece from Dukeart Etched Glass selection sold for only $20. The Japanese writing for LOVE is etched in this dainty candle holder.
Jennifer Edington is one of the featured CyberBistro artists who design personalized aprons. I particularly liked this one called Dotty Fleur with flower-shaped buttons and retro print. This is sold for $41.00.
Julia Swanson’s Good Medicine offers a selection of bath essentials and food products made from organic/wild-crafted herbs that she grows, harvests and infuses herself. Shown here are 4 oz. bottles of Lavender and Rosemary Bath Oils for relaxation and rejuvenation for $10.00 each.
Also, bottles of Basil Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil which promotes digestion, helps calm stomach cramps, and is an effective expectorant. Each 4 oz. bottle is sold for $12.00.
Linda Monroe offers and assortment of handcrafted and uniquely-designed greeting cards for just $9.25 each. I’ve chosen this beautiful white card with a multi-colored heart from the cards on the shop.
Finally, you can also find fabric crafts by Nancy Erickson such as this adorable Fields of Flowers Pillowcase sold for only $20.00.
Don’t forget to drop by the Cyber Bistro blog and get to know more about the owner of the Cyber Bistro boutique, Ms. Lydia Oakes. Her blog has heartwarming homemade recipes and practical lifestyle tips.