Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970

Pin This Little Bit Of Earthday History!

My friend Julie went to one of the very first Earthday USA Events and she received this button!  It's a pretty clever design and she saved it all these years.  

Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970! 

This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday conference 1970. This one includes the original Earthday logo designed by Ron Cobb in 1969.  Learn more about the original Earthday Logo.

Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970!

According to the Smithsonian Institute This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday 1970.  David Powell, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, designed this button for the Philadelphia Earth Week Committee on the occasion of the first Earth Day in 1970. The button was made by Horn Badge Co. of Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about earthday.  Planetpals has the most complete and comprehensive Earthday pages and information available on the web! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!

Bottle caps are usually made of # 5 plastic.  They need to be recycled separately!

Creative ways to recycle bottle caps or donate them for good use!
Bottle caps are made from #5 Plastic and get recycled differently than the bottle!

Did you know bottle top Plastic caps are typically made from plastic #5 while the bottles are made from #2. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Plastic caps on glass bottles
  • Caps on tubes
  • Caps on baby food pouches
  • Caps on cartons, such as those for milk, orange juice etc 
Remember, plastic takes over 500 years to biodegrade, if ever!  It's best to remove the tops and return them to a place that will use them.  There are a multitude of collection facilities such as manufacturers, grocery stores, schools and organizations.  *NOTE: If your cap is a #2 plastic you can leave it on if your town recycles bottles!

This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!
Bottle Cap Art Mural Caps can be sent to schools.  Check your town schools first!

Helpful List of Ideas and Places to Recycle Caps:

  • Try Googling “Plastic Cap Recycling”. There are many places that accept and request caps for recycling and have websites where that information is easy to access.
Recycle Caps LOCALLY:
  • Check with your city. Some cities do accept plastic bottle caps, but they may require that you remove the cap from the bottle and put it in the bin separately. 
  • Check local school or teachers organization to see if they need them for projects
  • Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods Markets accept #5 plastic caps for recycling. Next time you’re shopping, check their bins to see if yours does, too! Whole Foods takes part in the Gimme Five Program
Recycle Caps By Mail:  
If you can’t find a local place to drop off your plastic caps for recycling, you can mail them to one of these places!
  • Aveda, the skin and hair care company, offers an option for recycling bottle caps
  • Caps Of Love, This US charity funds children's wheelchairs 
  • Caps Can Do.  Caps Can Do is a company that specializes in recycling #5 plastic.
Recycle BY Repurposing:
Recycling is great, but reusing is also a good idea.  Particularly, if it is a permanent project like a mural! Check out our recycle craft ideas for bottles and caps on Planetpals Pinterest Page

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Unique Upcycled Repurposed Garden Ideas

    DIY has gone LOL, WOW, and OMG!
    Unique repurpose gardening ideas that are WOW LOL and OMG!

    Anything goes with recycled garden planters.  People sure are clever!
    Here are some of the most unique items repurposed into garden planters that even you could do! Recycle garden containers galore:

    All bottled up
    You'll get a kick out of this
    Tired yet?
    You can do this, too
    Not sloppy just floppy!

    bagged up
    painted palette 

    Road rage ?
    More gardening info on our Green Garden Page at and Pinterest Gardening Pages.

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    The Colors of Composting

    What Items Can You Compost?

    There is a science too composting and some ingredients are better than others! This chart will teach you how to compost  and get the most from it.  Remember these three colors and you will be good to go!

    What can you compost?  Fact filled article and infographic

    Learn More About Composting With Squirmy Wormy:

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Planetpals Healthy Eating Plate

    Be Heart Healthy Pals!

    The USDA recommends you have a certain amount of specific foods to stay healthy paired with exercise.  Planetpals now offers this healthy poster to help teach kids for the classroom! 

    Teach Kids How to Eat Healthy with this fun chart

    To Learn more about Healthy Eating and staying healthy check out Planetpals Healthy Lifestyle Pages.

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    What's a Garbage Garden?

    It's not just a lot of SCRAP!
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    What's a Garbage Garden, You ask?
    Don't toss it scrap it:

    My friend Julie tosses many of her vegetable scraps and seeds into a garden and watches it grow! It not only makes great compost soil.  It makes great vegetables.  It's a simple idea and one that thrives every summer.  It's colorful and resourceful, and it's always a surprise to see what will grow.  She gets a variety of vegetables from tomatoes to peppers, all types, all sizes. So, think twice before you put everything in the garbage disposal.
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    Toss scaps into one garden spot
    Whether you toss the scraps into one spot or separate them into different pots - your garden will flourish and be fruitful!

    place scraps in separate pots
    Toss scraps into separate pots
    Many things can be Regrown easily including tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, garlic and scallions,  the list goes on! 

    Here is a sample of Julie's Harvest.  Time for dinner!
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    regrow, garbage garden, scrap garden, green gardening, regrowing, how to regrow
    regrow, garbage garden, scrap garden, green gardening, regrowing, how to regrow
    Regrowing is popular but garbage gardening takes it to a new level.  It's no scrappy idea! Why not try it, too?
    There are dozens of fruits and vegetables that can be re-grown. This list includes some of the simplest: 

    • Avocado
    • Beets
    • Bok Choy
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Green Onions
    • Herbs
    • Leeks
    • Lemon Grass
    • Mushrooms
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes
    • Romaine Lettuce
    • Rutabagas
    • Scallions
    • Turnips
    • Tomatoes

    More gardening info on our Green Garden Page at and Pinterest Gardening Pages.

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Garden Tips: What To Plant With What

    What Vegetables Are Perfect Mates In The Garden?

    Did you know that if you plant certain vegetables together with others you get better crops?  It's a centuries old phenomena and one that is passed down for generations!  My great grandfather always told me to put 3 matches in with tomato plants for sulfur and plant peppers next to them.

    BURPEE has a load of TIPS AND GROWING LISTS for you, and they agree Tomatoes and peppers go together!

    Here is a simple concise infographic from to also help you out.

    For more great Spring tips and fun check out Planetpals Spring Journal.

    For more green gardening ideas check out Planetpals Green Gardening Page on Pinterest  we have over 1,000 ideas!