Category Archives: green

15 Everyday Items to Recycle for Cash



Recycling is good, but getting a bit of cash makes it even better. From the usual cans and bottles to computers, cell phones and printer cartridges there’s money lying around your house for items you’re not using.

Here’s a list of items you can turn in for cash along with places to recycle your electronic gadgets from


The Telluride Free Box

Telluride_Free_BoxVisiting friends in Telluride, Colorado this week, I have to go by one of my favorite places in town – the Free Box. You never know what you’ll find – shoes, clothing, sports gear, even a flat screen TV from someone moving out of town and swooped up immediately.

It’s a great way to recycle what you no longer use, or to find something useful. I think every town and neighborhood needs their own version of a Free Box.

Best Window Cleaner

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In your kitchen you probably have everything you need to create this kick ass window cleaner. Simple and green, this is from the DIY green home guru Anne Bond:

Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray on your windows.

Annie’s recipe is on the network, committed making it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle.  Link.

Gutter Gardens

guttergarden-550x259Here’s a clever idea from – used gutters made into garden planters.

“When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow.  Frustrated by cold soil, scarce sunlight, hungry slugs, root maggots, porcupines, cats, bears and ravens she got resourceful.  She got her crops off the cold ground and into the light by afixing gutters to the wood siding of her house on the sunny side and using them as planters.

This is really a great space saving idea for those with green thumbs and not enough yard to exercise them.  Personally I think these would go great along a deck railing or cut down to be mini-window boxes.  So next time someone you know replaces their gutters snatch them up and give them a new lives as planters.”


Go Green at Work and Save

Going green at work saves money and the environment, plus increases employee job satisfaction and productivity – such a deal! By using technology, creativity and free or low-cost resources you can make your office a more sustainable, efficient, fulfilling place to work. presents 40 tips to green your workplace and most are easy to implement. Ideas include holding virtual meetings, distributing information via Twitter plus using online tools to save time, resources and money.

Get your green on at the office and start saving. Link.

Beyond the Farmer’s Market



We love farmer’s markets. The Thriftify team seeks out farmer’s markets where we live and wherever we visit. Local is beautiful.

Hyperlocavores are growing food even closer to home – in their yards, in their neighbor’s yards and even in vacant lots and parking strips. has a story (complete with videos) about how people are installing gardens in their yards as well as unexpected places – it’s an exciting movement. Enjoy the videos – the first one is my fave for both the content and the tunes.  Link.

Recycling Odds and Ends – Buttons

The UK recycling website “How Do I Recycle That?” has suggestions for recycling unusual items you may have lying around but are beyond the range of the recycling bin. They’ve got ideas for bowling balls, baby sippy cups and our choice today – buttons. Who doesn’t have some buttons lying around?

After several crafty suggestions including making coasters, earrings and button bouquets, the comments section runs wild with their own suggestions – the best part.