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On the heels of the citizen bag monsters comes fabulous ideas for reducing and reusing your plastic bag trash! Before you toss that plastic bottle or cd case into the recycling bin, you may want to hold onto it for a rainy day activity with the kids. FaveCrafts.com offers “8 Ways to Craft with Plastic Trash,” a resource filled with 8 fun and functional ideas that everyone can enjoy making! Click here to learn how to turn your plastic water bottles into bird feeders or how to make jewelry from bread tags (who knew?!).

Mom” likes to turn plastic yogurt cups into tiny flower pots. Decorated decoupage style using old magazines, glue, and non-toxic paint, you can have a miniature flower or herb garden blooming on your window sill!

What other ideas do you have for turning ordinary items that may go out with the trash into new items for the home or for play?

Passing the Test: How to Go Green at College

Most freshman college students have faced similar difficulties as they headed out the door–deciding what to pack and what to leave, buying the right supplies and textbooks, affording their bills, saying goodbye to friends, telling mom not to worry . . . . Now, in addition to these original obstacles, students need to leap another hurdle. Going green.

If you’re a new college student, or even one with several years under your belt, you’re probably wondering how to be both environmentally conscious and deal with an empty wallet. On a student’s budget, purchasing clothing made from organic clothing and shopping only at health food stores may seem far too expensive and thus impossible. However, many times we all fail to remember that going green isn’t merely keeping up with the trendy, expensive methods of reducing your carbon footprint. And in fact, sometimes the cheap and free ways of staying environmentally conscious can create better results.

Let’s go back to the basics: reduce, reuse, recycle. First, reduce. Buy less. Save yourself money and the environment at the same time. For example, buying another pair of shoes may increase your waste as well as support harmful factories.

Now, reuse. If you need those new shoes, consider a thrift store. You’ll reuse someone else’s waste, create your own unique style, and saving money all at once. Also, refuse both paper and plastic at the grocery store. Choose cloth. And don’t bother with wasting money on a trendy shopping bag. Look in your closet. What unused bags do you have sitting around that you could reuse as grocery bags?

Finally, recycle. One of the current trends is goods made from post-consumer recycled materials. While this practice is certainly profitable it’s also expensive. Keep in mind, no matter how much money you spend on these products, you haven’t shown yourself responsible if you aren’t recycling the products you already use.

In essence, true environmental conservation requires common sense. Implement a little practical application of some basic rules and you can both go green and pay your bills at the same time.

Finally! A set of tote bags that you won’t forget to take with you on your next trip to the grocery store! Let’s face it – the oversized tote bags sold at most grocery stores are bulky and don’t tuck away easily while at home, not to mention they are just not attractive at all. Yes, they do the job, but wouldn’t you rather carry a stylish, lightweight, and unobtrusive bag with you to carry your groceries home? Now you can – with Repax Reusable Bags!

Created by three savvy women, Repax Reusable Bags are a set of four environmentally-friendly, reusable, and brightly colored bags that come in their own compact pouch, meaning you can keep the bags tucked away in your purse, car, or backpack while on-the-go. Not just for shopping, the bags are perfect for carrying items to and from the gym, the beach, and even the mall. Each bag holds an impressive 20 lbs, and is washable, too, which is great!

Repax Reusable Bags are available in 5 brilliant, bold colors so you can’t miss them – choose from Mango, Grasshopper, Lagoon, Confetti, and Carnival. At just $19.95, these are a smart buy for any family!

In addition, Repax gives back to three worthy causes! To learn more about how you can Repax for a reason, check out their blog, or to purchase your own set of stylish reusable bags, please visit RepaxBags.com.

*Company generously provided samples, images and information for this review.*