Environmental News Bits Holiday Break

5212232666_e74166875d_qEnvironmental News Bits will be taking a break for the holidays. New posts will appear beginning January 5.

To tide you over,  see this fact sheet from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for some tips on a having a less wasteful holiday, .

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a joyous New Year!

How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife

Read the full story from the National Wildlife Federation.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween, is carving pumpkins. My evening walks through the neighborhood are even better with the bright orange pumpkins, highlighting the colors of autumn, and showing off creative designs.

After the trick-or-treaters clear away, and Halloween is officially over, don’t trash your pumpkins! There are several ways to recycle them with wildlife and your garden in mind. How do you reuse pumpkins in your yard?

How to turn a boring old book into a stash box

Read the full post on Grist.

Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone.

Everyone has secrets. Some of us keep them in boring old shoeboxes. And some of us — the best of us, really — make old books into the hidden compartments a Victorian spy would be proud of. Just do us a favor and pick a really boring book — no one will ever open it!


How to Throw a Holiday Gift Swap

Read the full post at Shareable.

The holidays are imbued with the spirit of giving, and that doesn’t have to mean buying. Gift swaps, which can be held at any time, are particularly fun and valuable around the holidays. We can avoid contributing to the consumerist madness, bring friends together, and give new life to things that have been collecting dust.

Shareable asked Detroit’s Sharing Cities Network coordinator Halima Cassells, who describes herself as an artist, mom, gardener, independent media maker, and lover of all things turquoise, for tips on throwing a great holiday swap. An experienced swap organizer who recently hosted the 300-plus person Free Market Holiday Swap, Cassells urges people to embrace abundance, challenge hyper-consumerist conditioning, and get into the swapping spirit.

Five Easy Ways To Have A Shareable Halloween

Read the full story at Shareable.

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means ghosts and goblins everywhere will soon be showing their spooky faces.

But there’s something more terrifying than bloody corpses and flesh-hungry zombies–all the money and resources that are wasted on creating a single night of scary parties and haunted houses.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of easy ways to make your Halloween more Shareable. And who knows? You might just form a few new friendships along the way!

Happy July 4th!

No posts today. Environmental News Bits will return on Monday. Wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Hat tip to my buddy Scott Butner for the photograph below. Check out more of his work on Flickr. Note that his photos are licensed under Creative Commons.

Fireworks over the Columbia River, 2007. Photograph by Scott Butner (licensed under Creative Commons).
Fireworks over the Columbia River, 2007. Photograph by Scott Butner (licensed under Creative Commons).