Posted by Carol Guilen

Happy New green Year! And Merry eco-Christmas!

Christmas lights are being installed on the facades of houses, panettone already appeared in supermarkets. Gradually we all go into the party mood! It is a beautiful time, when people (at least theoretically) are more willing to smile, and gifting. No matter what your religion, it is very likely that you have some sort of celebration this season. By zeroing the calendar, we feel a renewal. It is as if some parts of our lives turn out to be … Continue reading

10 smart tips to use water wisely

Hi, everyone! There we go with 10 tips for use water wisely at home. With minor adjustments and small changes in habits, we can save a lot of water, reduce the volume of sewage and help to preserve this precious resource. Let’s go to the tips, shall we? 1. Take faster showers. Everyone is tired of knowing that this is necessary. But you may not know that shorter showers – and … Continue reading

When is it time to replace your gadgets?

It was a happy friendship. My nokia traditional cell phone was resistent, practical, user friendly, and helped me to remember of things, got me in contact with my friends and family whenever I needed. I was starting to get a crush on the smartphones, of course. But I wouldn’t replace my old one for any … Continue reading

Charming packages made of margarine pots!

[this post was supposed to be posted yesterday! ] Hello, everybody! 🙂 To end our challenge about taking care of our “trash” (which is not junk!), we are posting pictures of my mother, Marilúcia Guilen artist (see her blog here). Inspired by ourchallenge, she created charming packaging  for souvenirs, made of margarine pots! Just clean well with detergent and hot water, rub with steel wool sponge until the drawing is off, and then decorate with scrap of cloth and ribbons. Fill with cookies, chocolates and brigadiers and please someone with this fabulous gift! 🙂 Great idea … Continue reading

Reusable adhesive

Hey, guys! This weekend, at the Transition Towns training, I "discovered" Blu-tack (there are certainly other brands also on the market with similar products, but I still only know this one). It is a reusable putty-like adhesive. So you can replace duct tape for something that is not going to waste so fast. I believe … Continue reading

Children’s Day!

Hello, everybody! This post was supposed to be posted yesterday, but we’ve been experience some difficulty, mainly because our internet is not working at home! Anyway, better late than neverm right? Oct. 12 is the day to celebrate Children’s Day! Children are happy, creative, free, and have much to teach us! Always surround yourselves with children, they are good for health and for the spirit! … Continue reading

Reflections on waste

One of the main challenges in our relationship with the trash is to change how we look at it. Waste is a human invention. In fact everything serves for another purpose. The organic material becomes food for plants. Packaging can turn into toys, organizers and containers for other things. The rest can be recycled by … Continue reading