garbage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2930/all en-US 12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000038268512.jpg" alt="Woman finding cool ways to make treasure out of trash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before you drag your garbage and recycling to the curb, read this article! There's so much you can do with an old jar, can, or cardboard box. All you need to do is clean it up and get creative. Here are 12 crafty projects that will literally turn your trash into treasures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-Shirts</a>)</p> <h2>1. Glass Jars</h2> <p>Martha Stewart shares that your <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/268444/bottle-beauty?czone=home%2Fsmart-savings-cnt%2Fsave-money">discarded glass jars</a> can be a beautiful feature in your decor. Simply rinse them out, let them dry, and then pour some dishwasher-safe enamel paint inside. Hang each bottle upside-down for at least 48 hours before using.</p> <h2>2. Wipes Containers</h2> <p>Do you have tons of wipes containers destined for recycling? I do. Try using them to make <a href="http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/wipes-container-reuse-and-a-giveaway/">plastic bag dispensers</a>! Clean out the wipe container, decorate it however you like, and then assemble your plastic grocery and shopping bags. Stash the dispenser in your car, in your kitchen, or wherever else you might need bags.</p> <h2>3. Coffee Cans</h2> <p>Transform all those kicked coffee cans into useful <a href="http://kelliskitchen.org/2013/07/cheap-organization/">storage containers</a> in your kitchen. Of course, you can use them whenever they end up empty. But spiff them up a bit with spray paint and chalkboard labels. First wash them in your dishwasher. Then fill with newspaper while you paint to keep the inside safe for your ingredients. Let them cure for five days before using.</p> <h2>4. Milk Jugs</h2> <p>Save one of your milk jugs to make this simple <a href="http://ajourneytoadream.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/helpful-yet-simple-diy-for-spring.html">watering can</a>. Your plants will thank you. All you do is wash out the jug, heat a needle to poke holes into the cap, and fill with water. Make a big one for outdoors, a small one for indoor plants, and a tiny one for your kid to play with in the bath.</p> <h2>5. Cardboard Boxes</h2> <p>Get a load of this <a href="http://smallfryandco.blogspot.com/2011/08/cardboard-storage-repurpose.html">cardboard storage system</a>! This project would work well with frozen food boxes or even pizza boxes. Make sure your boxes are clean, then cover them with colorful wrapping paper. Label them for easy organization, and you're done. I'd love to store some of my favorite record albums this way.</p> <h2>6. Bottle Caps</h2> <p>I love this project to transform plastic bottle caps into <a href="http://www.kiwimagonline.com/2010/07/the-abcs-of-recycling/">alphabet magnets</a> for your refrigerator. Collect at least 26 caps, then glue letters into them using cutouts from dated magazines. Stick some self-adhesive magnetic tape on the back and let your child go wild.</p> <h2>7. Toilet Paper Rolls</h2> <p>Save your toilet paper rolls and turn them into these adorable <a href="http://www.sweetcharli.com/2012/09/save-your-toilet-paper-rolls.html">gift boxes</a>. Pick off any remaining paper, flatten the roll with your hand, cut the ends into half circles with scissors, and fold the sides to close. Then decorate however suits your mood using ribbon, paint, stickers, and bows.</p> <h2>8. Liquor Bottles</h2> <p>Take an empty liquor bottle and turn it into something useful. For example, this <a href="http://thediyplaybook.com/2015/04/patron-art-life-changing-hack.html">Patron soap dispenser</a> looks great and helps you keep your hands clean. Drill a hole into the cork top of your bottle. Then take the top off one of your old soap dispensers and thread it through the hole. Fill with soap. For bottles that don't have cork tops, try just screwing the pump into place.</p> <h2>9. Rice Bags</h2> <p>We eat lots of rice in our house. A couple years ago, I turned one of the burlap rice bags into a nifty <a href="http://www.cremedelacraft.com/2012/04/diy-burlap-pillow-from-rice-bag.html">throw pillow</a> to decorate our family room. Just cut off the handles of the bag, stuff it with cotton filler, and close the zipper. If your bag doesn't have a zipper, simply sew it shut with a straight stitch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-basic-sewing-tricks-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso">7 Basic Sewing Tricks That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>10. Cereal Boxes</h2> <p>My daughter wants a piñata for her birthday this year. I saw this <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/2011/10/mini-pinatas-diy/">mini piñata</a> project a while back where the base is made from cereal boxes. Just use scissors and an X-acto knife to make your shape. Cover the whole thing with crepe paper, and fasten with glue and tape. Don't forget to make a trap door so you can fill it with goodies!</p> <h2>11. Wine Corks</h2> <p>I've seen a million and one different wine cork projects over the years. This <a href="http://www.craftynest.com/2010/03/wine-cork-bath-mat/">bath mat</a> may just be the most practical of the bunch. Now, you'll need some patience (or lots of vino-loving friends) to collect all 175 corks to complete this project. Cut each cork lengthwise, arrange them in a rectangle, and cut a piece of shelf liner to size. You'll then hot glue all the corks into place on the liner.</p> <h2>12. Juice Cartons</h2> <p>Corral all your change into one of these cool <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/milk-carton-coin-purse">juice carton purses</a>. Pull open the top of the carton and clean it out. Cut off the bottom of the container and measure for a few more precise cuts. Fold the sides in like an accordion. Then keep folding and fastening until you're done. Keep it in your car so you're never out of quarters for the meter again.</p> <p><em>What new uses have you found for your old trash?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living crafts garbage recycling repurposing reusing trash upcycling Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:00:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1556350 at http://www.wisebread.com Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/garbage_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us probably have sold a few bottles and cans and got a couple dollars, but could you believe that some people have made millions or even billions of dollars from trash? Here are some stories of these innovative and garbage loving entrepreneurs.</p> <p><strong>Alchemy Goods </strong>- Eli Reich is the founder of this Seattle business where old bicycle innertubes are stitched together into messenger bags. According to BusinessWeek, he made his first bike inner tube bag after his messenger bag was stolen. The mechanical engineer soon received requests for his sturdy innertube bag and launched Alchemy Goods. Now he has a few employees and a <a href="http://alchemygoods.com/bags.html">whole line of products</a> made out of old innertubes, seatbelts, and outdoor ad banners. </p> <p><strong>TerraCycle</strong> - I read about the <a href="http://www.inc.com/magazine/20060701/coolest-startup.html">story of Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer</a> a few years ago and it was hard to forget. These two young men built a <a href="http://www.terracycle.net/">multi-million dollar company</a> out of garbage through a lot of hard work and crazy experiments with barf inducing worms and solid waste. Their main product is a plant food made out of earthworm poop packaged in used soda bottles collected by kids all over North America. Their website still lists their main product as &quot;worm poop fertilizer&quot; and states that &quot;TerraCycle Plant Food is the first mass-produced consumer product to have a negative environmental footprint&quot;.</p> <p> <strong>Energy from garbage </strong> - Turning garbage into energy is not a new concept. Hundreds of garbage dumps across the country already capture the natural methane gas generated by the mountainous piles of solid waste. The City of San Francisco actually has a program that <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/2006news/06-dog.htm">collects dog poop</a> and turns it into energy through a anaerobic digester. Some cities sell the methane gas they produce from their garbage to energy companies and some others use the energy to power buildings, and many private companies are getting in on the garbage energy business. One company named Solena Group actually plans to build a plant in Gilroy, California to <a href="http://www.eponline.com/articles/60091/">produce jet fuel from garbage</a> . </p> <p><strong>Nine Dragons Paper </strong>- You probably have never heard of Zhang Yin, but this <a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/15/business/trash.php">Queen of Trash</a> from China is probably richer than every other woman in the world. She has a personal wealth of more than $1.5 billion and she got it all through recycling and manufacturing paper. She moved to America from Hong Kong in the 1990s and she remembered that China does not have many trees for manufacturing paper. So she scoured the garbage dumps of America with her husband and exported all of the paper she could get to China. Eventually her company Nine Dragons Paper made deals with American scrap yards and shipped huge amounts of paper back to China. Her company went public in 2006 and it is still growing because China has a insatiable demand for paper products.</p> <p> The bottom line is that garbage is big business and some people are <a href="http://www.chiefengineer.org/content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/3479.htm">even risking fines and jailtime to collect it</a> . Besides these examples in this article, there are thousands of companies and people around the world that deal with the processing, disposal, and transportation of garbage. Even so, the EPA <a href="http://www.epa.gov/garbage/recycle.htm">estimates that only 32%</a> of the United States' solid waste is recycled. Could there be a business opportunity for you in the millions of tons of trash we throw away every year?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Have you ever seen such amazing junk?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash">They&#039;re turning Paris Hilton&#039;s trash into cash.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Green Living business garbage green money recycling trash Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:54:39 +0000 Xin Lu 2379 at http://www.wisebread.com “Free” category on Craigslist to be renamed “Haul away my old, bulky, broken crap for free.” http://www.wisebread.com/free-category-on-craigslist-to-be-renamed-haul-away-my-old-bulky-broken-crap-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-category-on-craigslist-to-be-renamed-haul-away-my-old-bulky-broken-crap-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/212514212_4de8b2944b.jpg" alt="free garbage" title="free garbage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="185" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I used to love the “free” button on Craigslist. There were some killer giveaways on there, including things like antique movie projectors, great toys for the kids, ornaments, lamps and so on. But these days, at least on the Denver Craigslist, the free category seems to have been taken over by some rather blatant attempts to convince someone (anyone) to do an unpleasant job for free.</p> <p>Look on the free category on Craigslist - Denver and you will be hit by a huge amount of the following, in various incarnations:</p> <p>Old couches and sofas in really poor condition<br />Firewood (which comes in numerous forms)<br />Scrap metal (anything broken and made of metal)<br />Broken TVs<br />Broken or really outdated appliances<br />Landscaping rock<br />Dirt<br />Old decks<br />Concrete chunks<br />Nasty old beds and mattresses<br />Old children’s backyard swingsets/playsets</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/01150001040120080602d48c3b05ecc812282f00d98c.jpg" alt="old sofa" title="old sofa" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/0102000103032008051576f5759cb2e33ba7d200357d.jpg" alt="Scrap wood" title="Scrap wood" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/01150701020220080602813cfd94f83cc6060c0086bc.jpg" alt="Scrap metal" title="Scrap metal" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/0115080102072008050843bc537f85f70902da00d743.jpg" alt="broken TV" title="broken TV" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>I’ve posted a few pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. I mean, this stuff is in pretty bad shape for even the most optimistic fixer-upper. Now, I’m not saying there isn’t a use for this sort of stuff, but maybe there should be a separate section on CL called “old junk” or “garbage” because to be honest, that’s what most of this is.</p> <p>The free section used to be a place where genuinely useful objects with value were given away by people who no longer had a use for them, but didn’t want to just throw them away or be hassled with trying to sell them for a few bucks. Now though, the “free” section is quickly filling up with other people’s junk. Junk that they want you to dismantle and haul away, so they add words like “useful for a DIY project” or “firewood” when it is, in fact, just a bunch of junk. &quot;A rose by any other name...&quot; comes to mind.</p> <p>What’s the reason for this rise in worthless junk appearing on Craigslist in such numbers? In my opinion, it’s the economy. Or rather, the poor economy and rocketing gas prices. Most refuse collectors won’t take a lot of this stuff, it has to be disposed of in a different way, under your own steam. Or rather, gasoline. And that takes cash that people just don’t have, or want, to spend.</p> <p>There’s an old phrase that says if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well in this case, if you’re convinced that someone else will have a use for something, even if it’s just garbage, then maybe posting it on CL will attract a willing person to come and haul it away.</p> <p> I’ll still be checking the ‘list’ for useful free stuff, but to be honest it’s been many months since I’ve seen anything remotely cool. I know I can already here some people saying &quot;well what do you expect, it&#39;s free!&quot; But you know what else is free? My old toenail clippings, that empty carton of orange juice and that old notebook I used with most of the pages ripped out. The question is not one of free, but of usefulness. Maybe I&#39;m mistaken, and there is a huge demand for wrecked sofas and broken console TVs. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? If there isn&#39;t, maybe people should stop posting their old junk as a freebie. Just a thought. </p> <p>And as an aside, if anyone finds something genuinely fantastic in the free section, let us all know. I’d love to see what people are giving away around the country. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-category-on-craigslist-to-be-renamed-haul-away-my-old-bulky-broken-crap-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-funky-things-i-found-free-on-craigslist">Cool &amp; funky things I found FREE on Craigslist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-vicious-home-rental-scam-dont-get-conned">The vicious Home Rental Scam – don’t get conned.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs craigslist free garbage junk recycling Mon, 09 Jun 2008 22:23:08 +0000 Paul Michael 2160 at http://www.wisebread.com Have you ever seen such amazing junk? http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture 3.png" alt="Bird" title="Bird" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="211" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My recent post about reusing old plastic bottles inspired me to look around at other ways to use, well, garbage. And I found a site that really made me think twice about the contents of my own garbage can.</p> <p>This Australian site, called the <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/">Hunter Waste Education Group</a> , has been enouraging people to make art from garbage since the year 2000. And the results are simply astonishing in some cases, with submissions from adults and schoolchildren alike.</p> <p>When you visit the site, go straight to the gallery <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">here</a> . The art is collected into submission years and runs the gamet. Everything from junk metal, used board games and scrap wood, to plastic bottles, beer caps and old tires are transformed from the ordinary to the simply extraordinary. A selection of my favorites are below...</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1_5.png" alt="tire car" title="tire car" width="500" height="422" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_4_3.png" alt="hair dog" title="hair dog" width="289" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_5_1.png" alt="bottle lamp" title="bottle lamp" width="272" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_6_1.png" alt="Metal crab" title="metal crab" width="500" height="419" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_7_0.png" alt="Can head" title="Can head" width="281" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_8.png" alt="used games" title="used games" width="288" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_9.png" alt="cap dog" title="cap dog" width="500" height="413" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_10.png" alt="slide frame" title="slide frame" width="500" height="406" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_11.png" alt="plastic book" title="plastic book" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_12.png" alt="cap turtle" title="cap turtle" width="500" height="424" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_13.png" alt="bag chair" title="bag chair" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_14.png" alt="PCB lamp" title="PCB lamp" width="237" height="500" /> </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_15.png" alt="Disc sculpture" title="Disc Sculpture" width="500" height="427" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_16.png" alt="CD tower" title="CD tower" width="278" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_17.png" alt="x-ray bag" title="x-ray bag" width="291" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_18.png" alt="football boots" title="football boots" width="500" height="390" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_19.png" alt="jean chair" title="jean chair" width="500" height="442" /></p> <p>Those are just a handful of the submissions on the site. There are over 200 in the gallery and each one is unique and wonderful. If you have 10 minutes to spare, <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">check them all out</a> .</p> <p>Now, in this day and age of iPods and MySpace, personalization and individuality has become an important part of our culture. We&#39;re all looking for ways to differentiate ourselves, and accessorize accordingly. Here&#39;s a way to add something unique and interesting to your home or office environment made simply from the stuff you throw out daily. Some are complex, some are simplistic. With a tube of glue and a few dozen of those AOL CDs, you could make a Stairway To Heaven style tower. It doesn&#39;t take any real effort to keep all you old, used plastic bags stuffed inside a bean bag chair. And the board-game work of art could be thrown together in a few hours and make a stunning feature on any wall.</p> <p>There&#39;s a Jack Johnson song on the Curious George soundtrack that says &quot;Reduce, Re-use, Recycle&quot; and I think that&#39;s good advice for all of us. From simple plastic milk bottles to old plastic shopping bags, think twice before you throw them out. Maybe you can make something from them, and if they&#39;re good enough for you then they could certainly be good enough to sell. One man&#39;s trash is absolutely another man&#39;s treasure in this case. </p> <p>Put your creative thinking caps on and get to work. And if you do something cool, why not share it with all of us? Have an inspired and &quot;green&quot; day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Green Living art Art and Leisure DIY garbage green recycling trash Fri, 02 May 2008 17:11:41 +0000 Paul Michael 2057 at http://www.wisebread.com The Coffee Cup Revolution: Let's Take a Stand! http://www.wisebread.com/the-coffee-cup-revolution-lets-take-a-stand <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-coffee-cup-revolution-lets-take-a-stand" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee cup revolution.JPG" alt="coffee cup" title="coffee cup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>I can&#39;t stand walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cup of java to stay, and having my coffee served up in a paper cup. Even worse, I get not only one, but two cups stacked together, with a paper sleeve around it to prevent my tender fingers from being burned. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Had my coffee been served to me in a mug (I did say I was staying after all), I could have enjoyed a more luxurious and homey coffee experience, my fingers would remain in tact, and two paper cups and a paper sleeve could have stayed out of the landfills. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <h2><span>The Facts</span></h2> <ul> <li><span>When you purchase one cup of coffee (or tea) in a disposable container every day, you create about 23 lb of waste each year. -<em>Ideal Bite</em></span></li> <li><span>About eighteen percent of garbage we produce is composed of disposable containers, of which hot beverage cups represent a large portion. </span></li> <li><span>Styrofoam cups are the worst culprits, as it never degrades. Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups every ear. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill somewhere. -<em>The Recycler&#39;s Handbook</em></span></li> <li><span>Starbucks just started rolling out new cups that contain 10% recycled paper. (Whoopee). </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Whether made of recycled paper or not, disposable hot beverage cups more often than not end up in landfills. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <h2><span>What Coffee Shops are Doing About It</span></h2> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Despite my sarcasm, there is a slow (agonizingly slow) movement towards reducing coffee cup waste problems. More and more places are using recycled paper cups, and some will provide discounts if you bring your own cup. (However, a $0.10 discount on a $2 cup of coffee is hardly incentive if the discount is intended to be enough incentive for the masses - but you have to start somewhere I guess). </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>Other places yet will also offer discounts on refills for using the same paper cup they gave you last time. This is handy if you are staying for the afternoon and swilling coffee or tea, but in my mind the discount is still not much of a recompense. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <h2><span>What We can do About It</span></h2> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>The next time you order a coffee to stay and they pull out a paper cup, reiterate that you are planning to stay with the coffee. <strong>If they cannot serve your coffee in a mug, then walk out</strong>. I know, I know - their coffee is the best, and you really like their ambience. But there is nothing like taking a consumer stance en mass. That is how change is affected. And if you simply must drink your java here, then read on:</span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span><strong>Take your own mug.</strong> There are plenty of fancy little coffee thermos-mugs you can tote around with you, and many places will give you a discount for bringing your own mug too. And if you are worried about the mug in your car finding its way to the office, and the one in your office ending up on your kitchen counter all resulting in you never having the mug when you need it, then keep a mug at home, one in the car, and another in the office. That way there will always be one handy when you need a coffee or tea fix. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>The first few times you walk out of a coffee shop because all they would serve are paper cups or because they won&#39;t serve you in your own mug, you may feel strange. But soon enough a feeling of consumer power will set in, and hopefully you&#39;ll tell two friends about your action plan. They&#39;ll discover for themselves the satisfaction of making positive change one cup of coffee at a time, and they&#39;ll each tell two friends too. </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><span>And so a coffee cup revolution begins. </span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-coffee-cup-revolution-lets-take-a-stand">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/opt-out-of-the-wasteful-26-billion-phone-directory-industry">Opt-out of the wasteful $26 billion phone directory industry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-yourself-from-mailing-lists-and-eliminate-junk-mail">How to Remove Yourself from Mailing Lists and Eliminate Junk Mail</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unbearably-stupid-packaging">Dumbest packaging ever?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/toxic-laundry-what-s-in-your-dryer-sheets-and-fabric-softener">Toxic Laundry: What’s in Your Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Green Living coffee cups garbage reusable mugs waste Fri, 25 Jan 2008 08:12:16 +0000 Nora Dunn 1677 at http://www.wisebread.com Why don't people share more? http://www.wisebread.com/why-dont-people-share-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-dont-people-share-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tools-in-garage.jpg" alt="Tools in garage" title="Tools In Garage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a name="jump" title="jump"></a>I saw an article recently suggesting that neighbors share a garbage service. One neighbor hires the service, the other kicks in to cover half the bill, and both bring their stuff to the same spot on the curb on garbage day. The standard deal with a hauling service will take away a lot more garbage than a small household produces (or even a large household, if they compost and recycle). It&#39;s a good idea, and not just for garbage. Why don&#39;t we see more of that?</p> <p>It used to be normal for people to share stuff. From small-scale sharing, like neighbors sharing tools and kitchen supplies, to large-scale sharing, like villages with communal bread ovens, where housewives would make their bread dough in their own kitchens, but all bring it to a central oven for baking.</p> <p>There&#39;s huge opportunities for that to happen still. Look in any suburban garage and you&#39;ll see a bunch of stuff that only gets used for a few hours a year--tools, garden implements, a snow shovel, a lawn mower, a BBQ grill. Look in the garage next door, and you&#39;ll see a very similar collection, give or take a leaf- or snow- blower. Surely there&#39;s a more efficient way for people to tend their lawns and gardens than for every family to invest thousands of dollars in stuff that spends 99% of its time sitting idle.</p> <p>Of course, there are a lot of reasons people want to own their own stuff.</p> <p>One good one is that some things all want to be used at the same time. Outdoor Christmas lights, for example, spend 11 months a year in storage, but the few weeks a year that they&#39;re up are the same few weeks for everyone. </p> <p>People want their own because they want a particular one. That&#39;s fair. There&#39;s a market out there for stainless steel BBQ grills whose prices put me in mind of Pentagon procurement scandals. I wouldn&#39;t buy one, but that&#39;s what the free market is all about. </p> <p>People want their own because it&#39;s convenient. If you just have your own, you can do stuff on a whim, without planning ahead. Also, if you do plan ahead, you don&#39;t have to coordinate your plans with anyone else (or deal with the conflicts when plans don&#39;t mesh). </p> <p>People want their own because they want the item to be treated well. In college I lent my typewriter to a girl in the dorm and it came back with white-out all over the bit of clear plastic cover that had (until then) let me see the letters I&#39;d just typed. (I&#39;m no longer bitter about that.) There are lots of things that can stand up to heavy use, but need a certain minimum amount of maintenance--shovels need sharpening--and it&#39;s human nature to be a bit more casual with stuff that isn&#39;t theirs. </p> <p>Contrariwise, people also want their own because they don&#39;t want to have to worry abut taking good care of it. I know a guy who has never changed the oil in his lawn mower. His dad harped on him a few too many times about taking care of his stuff, so now he doesn&#39;t. He figures he&#39;ll just use it until it grinds to a stop, and then buy a new one. Last time I talked to him, the lawn mower was still going strong, long after he&#39;d expected it to have failed.</p> <p>Having said all that, I think the real reason a lot of people want their own comes down to being estranged from their neighbors. The social structures that used to let people <strong>expect</strong> to borrow from their neighbor and <strong>expect</strong> their neighbor borrow from them simply don&#39;t exist any more. In many neighborhoods, unless they have children the same age, people don&#39;t even know their neighbor&#39;s names, let alone know them well enough to ask to borrow the lawn mower. </p> <p>And being estranged to that extent makes people&#39;s fastidiousness kick in. If you don&#39;t even know your neighbor well enough to borrow their lawn mower, you&#39;d certainly feel uncomfortable if they asked to run a load of laundry in your washing machine. Think of the cooties! </p> <p>The only way we see much sharing nowadays, except within families, is when an institution supports it. I share washers and driers with my neighbors, but none of us own them--the apartment complex has them in every building. I don&#39;t own a grill--the apartment complex has charcoal grills scattered about in the common areas. I do own a lot of books, but I read a lot of books I don&#39;t own--they&#39;re owned by the public library.</p> <p>Basically, sharing has been institutionalized.</p> <p>The fact is, though, that sharing doesn&#39;t just depend on neighborliness, it <strong>creates</strong> neighborliness. Neighbors who depend on one another for small things gradually learn that they can depend on one another for big things.</p> <p>Sharing is frugal, but it&#39;s also part of the adhesive that holds society together. </p> <p>Over the past couple hundred years, we&#39;ve become so wealthy that everybody can afford to have their own everything. I think that&#39;s likely to change, as energy gets more expensive, and as people come to realize that externalized costs (like environmental damage and climate change) are still costs--people will find themselves less wealthy and will turn to their neighbors for support. The social structures that make neighborhoods work will come back.</p> <p>People who can get ahead of the curve, and share things with their neighbors before it&#39;s cool again, will have a leg up on the rest.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-dont-people-share-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-10-items-to-borrow">The Best 10 Items to Borrow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-its-good-to-know-your-neighbors">25 Reasons Why It&#039;s Good to Know Your Neighbors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-it-pays-to-be-friendly-with-your-neighbors">6 Ways It Pays to Be Friendly With Your Neighbors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-the-government-pays-you-to-live-green">11 Ways the Government Pays You to Live Green</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Lifestyle garbage neighborhoods neighbors sharing tools Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:02:26 +0000 Philip Brewer 1510 at http://www.wisebread.com They're turning Paris Hilton's trash into cash. http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture_1_2.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="110" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a new website in town folks, and this one is literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. <a href="http://hollywoodstartrash.com/list.html">HollywoodStarTrash.com</a> has hit upon an idea that turns dumpster diving into something quite, well, distasteful. They rummage through the garbage cans of Hollywood biggest stars and sell what they find. And as always, the infamous Paris Hilton tops the list of star junk.</p> <p><strong>What's on sale, I hear you ask? The list is quite disturbing. </strong></p> <p>For $50 (starting price) you can get yourself this used Paris Hilton deodorant. Mmmm.</p> <p><img height="297" width="239" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item023.jpg" alt="Deo" title="Deo" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For $100 (starting price) you can buy some used Paris Hilton envelopes. Great deal.</p> <p><img height="295" width="238" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item016.jpg" alt="Envelopes" title="Envelopes" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the same $100 (starting price) you could treat yourself to some grubby make-up puffs.</p> <p><img height="307" width="247" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item030.jpg" alt="puffs" title="puffs" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And for a whopping $250 (starting price) how about Paris Hilton's drug prescription? Yes, they're serious.</p> <p><img height="339" width="273" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item002.jpg" alt="Prescription" title="Prescription" /></p> <p><strong>SO, is all this just harmless profit? </strong><br /> Personally, I don't think so. Believe me, I have no love for Paris Hilton. I think certain celebrities are asking for a little punishment based on the the way they behave, and Hilton is the classic example of the 'media whore.' But to encourage digging through garbage for a soiled make-up puff or old prescription is just a sad indication of the times we live in.</p> <p>Are we so desperate for fame and celebrity that we'll do anything to get close to it? Even if that means buying trash? Well, the website lists many of the items it has already sold, including empty coke cans and used q-tips. If there's an audience, our Internet culture will guarantee a supplier.</p> <p>So I throw this out to you, the Wisebread readers. Would you buy trash from your favorite celebrity, or do you think it's just trash? I know one thing for sure. I wouldn't.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-teenager-started-a-multi-million-dollar-online-business-with-a-parrot">How a Teenager Started A Multi-Million Dollar Online Business with a Parrot. UPDATED</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launder-money">How to Launder Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks auction business celebrity garbage money money for nothing trash website Wed, 18 Jul 2007 17:59:26 +0000 Paul Michael 859 at http://www.wisebread.com Cool & funky things I found FREE on Craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/cool-funky-things-i-found-free-on-craigslist <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/bike.jpg" alt="bike sign" title="bike sign" width="240" height="180" /></p> <p>It&#39;s amazing what people will throw away these days. Or give away. And that&#39;s why I&#39;m a huge fan of <a href="http://denver.craigslist.org/about/cities.html">Craigslist</a> . </p> <p>Not only is a great place to sell all that stuff you thought no-one would buy, it&#39;s also an ideal way to get your hands on some great things for almost nothing. Or even better, actually nothing!</p> <p>Here are a few of the items I found for FREE on my local Craigslist. The free button is located in the For Sale section of the Craigslist site. If you don&#39;t find at least a few things on there that you could find useful, I&#39;ll eat my hat (but not to worry, I&#39;ll find a free one on Craigslist anyway).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A COOL VINTAGE TURNTABLE &amp; CABINET</strong><br />Free of charge. I just have to go pick it up. They&#39;re trying to replicate these things for hundreds of dollars these days. And someone is just giving this one away. Ha!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/cab2.jpg" alt="free cabinet" title="free cabinet" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A MICROWAVE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BRADY BUNCH ERA</strong><br />You just can&#39;t beat vintage stuff. I love it. And this one still works. I love the old wood and black plastic. Classic!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/microwave.jpg" alt="Microwave" title="Microwave" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A TV &amp; CABINET - SOLID WOOD, AMAZING CRAFTSMANSHIP, GROOVY BABY</strong><br />As you can see, I have a penchant for the older, cooler items. That&#39;s because they have character baby, something sadly lacking in this modern day world of plastic and vinyl.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/tv.jpg" alt="TV" title="TV" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A SOFA WITH MORE &#39;TUDE AND STYLE THAN I CAN HANDLE</strong><br />My wife would no doubt kill me if I actually picked this up. But if I had the kind of pad that could handle this kind of classic style, I&#39;d snap it up. I saw several modern furniture designers rip this off a few years ago in London.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sofa.jpg" alt="sofa" title="sofa" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A KEG-O-RATOR FRIDGE</strong><br />Seriously, what red-blooded male wouldn&#39;t want a Keg Fridge in his garage or basement? And why pay for it when some generous chap is giving a perfect one away for free! Score!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fridge.jpg" alt="fridge" title="fridge" width="225" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>A REDWOOD DECK - 12&#39;8&quot; X 23&#39;8&quot;</strong><br />I mean, even as scrapwood it&#39;s worth something. But this is a complete Redwood Deck. All it needs is to be rebuilt on your own property (cut to size of course) and then stained to brighten it up. What is that? $1000 saved on timber?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/deck.jpg" alt="Deck" title="Deck" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SOLAR PANELS - NOT JUST FREE, THEY CAN CUT YOUR POWER BILL</strong><br />I don&#39;t know the going rate of large solar panels to power your home, but I imagine they&#39;re not cheap. Someone moved into a house and these were sat at the bottom of the garden. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/solar.jpg" alt="solar" title="solar" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p><strong>THE BEST FOR LAST - FREE BEER!</strong><br />Yup, someone had a friend who worked in a liquor store and he left this behind as a gift when he moved out. They don&#39;t drink beer. I do. Looks like 50-60 cans for my beer fridge. Woot!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/beer.jpg" alt="beer" title="beer" width="300" height="199" /> </p> <p>So, that&#39;s what I found. Let me know if you find a mega-free deal worth shouting about. After all, you can&#39;t beat free. Unless of course someone pays you take it away! Happy hunting.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-funky-things-i-found-free-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent">8 &quot;Free&quot; Things That Aren&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping craigslist free freebie garbage giveaway junk old recycled second hand trash Thu, 19 Apr 2007 06:11:53 +0000 Paul Michael 529 at http://www.wisebread.com a 3-course meal...from garbage. http://www.wisebread.com/a-3-course-meal-from-garbage <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/498229_parking_entrance_copy.jpg" alt="Dumpster" title="Dumpster" width="225" height="300" /></p> <p>Why buy groceries, when you can get your weekly shop for free? Many people do it, but there is a catch. Instead of going in to your supermarket through the front door, you have to go to a different department. The dumpster. </p> <p>It&#39;s estimated that the US alone throws away roughly $100 billion in food every year. And most of it is perfectly edible. It&#39;s a crying shame, and it&#39;s the reason Freeganism is becoming more and more popular in the US and western Europe.</p> <p>In the more indepth follow-up to this article, I&#39;ll cover the many factors involved in Freeganism and what it means to live life the Freegan way. But to whet your appetite, here&#39;s some quick footage from CBC following a few people who take food from the dumpster and make great food from it. What a society we live in when people are starving on one street corner and they&#39;re throwing food away on the next.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-_L612od8Ng" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-_L612od8Ng" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-3-course-meal-from-garbage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-ways-to-get-a-free-meal">5 Perfectly Respectable Ways To Get A Free Meal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/baby-carrots-the-frugal-idea-that-isnt">Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-coffee-cup-revolution-lets-take-a-stand">The Coffee Cup Revolution: Let&#039;s Take a Stand!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-storing-25-common-fruits-and-veggies">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Storing 25 Common Fruits and Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food leftovers free food free meals freeganism garbage supermarkets waste Sat, 31 Mar 2007 17:59:25 +0000 Paul Michael 430 at http://www.wisebread.com