Thursday, November 27, 2014

Don't Be A Turkey On Thanksgiving

….or any other day!  Recycle.

Happy Thanksgiving Pals! Our green tips for you.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Winter Car Survival Kit

It's winter and what can be more important than staying warm and well, in and out of our homes? 

It's always safe to have a survival kit in your car because you just never know! I remember the Blizzard of 1978 in Boston, it took us all by storm. I was lucky enough to get home but my roommate was not.  People were stuck at work, school, and worst of all, stuck on the highways. Stuck in cold cars with no heat, no food and no where to go.

Chances are we won't have another Blizzard of 1978, but anyone can break down in a storm or in the cold, just  anywhere.

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Don't overlook the little things on our list like activities to keep everyone calm!
Here is what you need to make a DIY Car Survival Kit:

For Your Car:
  • Windshield scraper
  • Small broom
  • A shovel
  • Multitool
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Paracord
  • Tarp
  • Cell phone and cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
    For Passengers:
    • Blankets or sleeping bag
    • Extra hats, scarves, socks and mittens
    • Matches and small candles
    • Pocket knife
    • Water
    • Hand warmers 
    • First aid kit
    • Necessary medications
    • Snack food including beef jerky, energy bars, raisins, and candy bars
    • Large trash bags (use as poncho or shelter)
    • Elastics and plastic bags (emergency boots, boot covers, more)
    • Pencil and /or marker
    • Pad of paper
    • Activities (activity book, cards, more)
    • Towel or rags
    • Battery powered radio
    • Plastic poncho (small folded)
    • Fuses for fuse box
    • Plastic utility blanket
    • Extra batteries
    • Canteen
    • Compass
    • Crank Flashlight
    • Duraflame log
    • Thermometer
    • Portable can size stove (backpack size)
    • Keep matches and candles in plastic bags or waterproof jars
    • Put it all in  a backpack or plastic storage bin
    Need more may want to watch this Interesting and informative video for all year survival 

    For more emergency survival ideas for your home before and after disasters…see our first hand article what to do in an emergency.  

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

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    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Make Your Own Recycle Advent Calendar

    Count down to Christmas

    During Advent many of our PALS celebrate with Advent calendars. It is great fun and more meaningful to make your own calendar as part of the family tradition...and go a step further by making it GREEN!
    Using recycled materials to make the advent calendar leaves it wide open. Anything goes.  Why not use cut up greeting cards, junk mail, magazine ads, jewelry, toy pieces, bottle tops, craft materials and other colorful items to adorn your calendar.  Use small pill bottles or yogurt cups sideways or upside down.  You can even use small wrapped boxes each filled with a goodie.
    Check out the samples below and try your hand at a greener holiday season, then each day will be a magical surprise.
    Options to the advent calendar: Make a 12 days of Christmas or hanukah calendar.
    Be creative and have some fun, these ideas should spark your creativity:
    This one is lovely with an OLD WORLD feel!  Made from an old type book but easy to make from an old kids book, magazine or book pages. Add a colorful string, yarn or ribbon.  From Renna DaWanda at Nest Goodies

    Simple folded magazine ads.  Recycled and strung with clothespins on a line! This is duable in one day.  You could use kids artwork, too.  One way to save it for years. From Flicker 
    Simple cones hide treasures. This tabletop Advent Calendar idea is really fun and really cute.   Again use cards, ads or cover in fabrics, adorn with buttons, small toys and baubles? From Woman's Day.  You could also do this with upside down yogurt cups

    Made with magazine ads but could be done easily with christmas cards. From Craftastica
    Make with recycled food or cereal boxes inside out or recycled paper!  (or you could use paper rolls) Use your own designs. From Maya Made

    String them! Very Cute!  Use the other side of recycled card envelopes. Plain or decorated. Don't have enough?  Think ahead and save them for next year. From  Little Notes

    Use small boxes (or make them) and add Kids art or greeting cards to adorn them.  Colorful and easy to fill with goodies! from OurHouse

    Paper rolls recycled to an advent calendar.  Clever use small gift wrap scraps to wrap them or paint them! from Crafting Coconut

    This one is made with license plates,  but think about what you might use in it's place to get the same feel.  How about Signs, circulars or ads? From Etsy

    Lots More Christmas Crafts and Ideas!

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    The Happiest Recycle Bins In The World!

    Recycle Bins That Will Put  Smile on Your face

    It's America Recycles Day November 15  and what could be better than for Plnetpals to share recycling bins that put a smile on your face :)

    See more recycling bins and learn more about recycling here:
     How The World Recycles
    Learn about Recycling

    Cloth Napkins Are A Greener Choice (And Did We Say More Creative?)

    Napkin Folding Ideas For The Holidays.

    Napkin Folding Ideas For The Holidays.
    If you are eco conscious, cloth napkins can be a better alternative to paper products for the table. Make your table greener and more festive this holiday with folded napkins. Buy them new, or better yet, buy or use an heirloom. 
    I love cloth napkins, it's a little like playing house, and I tend to use them even on picnics! The fact that they are green is a plus.  While looking for alternative ways to fold them, I found some great holiday ideas that are colorful and clever to help you make your table setting one that your holiday guests will never forget!

    From A Big Slice The Christmas Tree Napkin Fold
    use napkins it's echo friendly - how to napkin fold christmas tree
    How to napkin fold Christmas tree 
    From Good Housekeeping The Elf Hat napkin fold (why not a Santa Hat?) 
    Elf Hat or Red Santa Hat For Christmas 
    The Christmas Bow folded napkin from Tip Junkie can be fun for a dinner party or New Years Eve black tie tablesetting:
    Folding napkins is eco friendly and fun - Holiday Ideas
    Bow tie napkin fold for a dinner party, Father's day or New Years Eve
    From  Dobermans By The Sea an Alternative Christmas Tree Idea.  Fold the top down and you have a Hanukkah Dradle Napkin!  
    Folding napkins is eco friendly and fun - Holiday Ideas
    A Christmas Tree-or Tada! Fold this down it makes Dradle for Hanukah.
    From Food dot Com another bow Idea.  This one uses a napkin ring. 
    Folding napkins is eco friendly and fun - Holiday Ideas
    Another bow. Perfect for Christmas, holidays, or gift giving event like a birthday
    From Random Acts of Mommies A Rosette.  How lovely is this for Valentines or Christmas?  
    Folding napkins is eco friendly and fun - Holiday Ideas
    Perfect Rose for an anniversary or mothers day or just to say ILU!

    Wedding Bells a pointsettia fold
    Poinsettia perfect for the holidays
    from Video Jug a Heart Folded Napkin 
    Use Cloth Napkins - It's Eco friendly and Fun - Napkin fold ideas for holidays
    Say Ilu for Valentines Day or Anniversary
    For other folds see the Napkin Folding Guide

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    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Ten Creative Ways To Give Thanks For Thanksgiving

    Make a new tradition

    Thanksgiving is a time for traditions, sharing and caring with friends and family. This year find a new way of sharing thanksgivings and start a new tradition of your own.
    Here are some clever and creative ideas to inspire you! Use recycled natural materials whenever possible and make your activity greener.
    1. An invitation to be Thankful (free downloads)
    2. The Thanksgiving Tree (how to)  

    3.  Thanksgiving Banner (free download)

    4. Be Write On

    5. Countdown to Thanksgiving Calendar (any number of days-Use the Nov Calendar and start in on the first?) 

    6. Thanks Garland (Free Download and how to)

     7. Pass the pumpkin please! Makes a lovely decoration.

     8. Pine Cone Thanks (one of my favorites and use naturaL PINE CONES

    9. Thankful Puppets RECYCLE craft using a paper bag
    10. Grafitti Door Poster

    See  Planetpals Thanksgiving Journal and make everything about your Thankgiving greener !  

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