The Week in All Things Green: National Costume Swap Day, New Things to Build with Old LEGO Sets, Recycled Bottle Cap Portrait, and more!

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The Week in Green Design: National Costume Swap Day, New Things to Build with Old LEGO Sets, Recycled Bottle Cap Portrait, and more!

Each week, we highlight some of our favorite green ideas and inspiration from our friends at Inhabitat, Inhabitots, and Ecouterre.

National Costume Swap Day is Coming Up!
Start a community event with neighbors to swap costume’s from previous years.

Rebrickable Offers New Things to Build with Old LEGO Sets is a new website that provides you with instructions for combining your old LEGO sets to make new designs.

Astounding Chuck Close-Inspired Recycled Bottle Cap Portrait by Mary Ellen Croteau
Chicago artist Mary Ellen Croteau arranges different colors and sizes of bottle caps into a beautiful portrait.

Star Wars Fan Recycles Adidas Sneakers Into a Stormtrooper Helmet
Star Wars and Adidas Sneakers are standalone pop culture  icons, this fan uses upcycled Adidas sneakers to create an epic Stormtrooper helmet.

Discovery in Insect Skin Could Lead to Chemical Free Insecticides
We love the sound of this, a new discovery could lead to a toxin free solution to keep bugs off your crops.

6 Easy-to-Do DIY Projects That Won’t Ruin Your Relationship
From a cork bath mat to an old tube television that holds your shoes, these DIY projects are fun projects for two.

Obama Serves Up Home Brewed White House Honey Ale to Guests
President Obama brews his own in-house organic beer that is flavored with White House-raised honey from Michelle Obama’s beehive. The brew is unofficially called White House Honey Ale.

High Levels of BPA Found in Campbell’s and Other Canned Kids Foods
As we turn to canned foods because, well, they’re cheaper, this study draws attention to high levels of BPA in commonly consumed canned food like Campbell’s Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth; Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup, USDA Organic; Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli, USDA Organic; Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC’s & 123′s with Meatballs; and Campbell’s Spaghettios with Meatballs.

Food Industry Wages War Against Food Waste
Americans throw away 14% of unused food on average! The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute to decrease the amount of food sent to the dump.

NYC Has Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12% Since 2005
This gives New Yorkers one more reason to love their city, and exemplifies to us as a nation the positive impact environmental public policies and projects have on the places we call home.

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One Comment

  1. Lynn says:

    Thanks for highlighting National Costume Swap Day. Lots of the swaps listed on our site accept handmade costumes. So craft away, then swap!

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