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Green Christmas: DIY Gift Ideas

December 13th, 2017 • By: happy Uncategorized

 

 

During the busy holiday season, it’s often expensive and challenging to find the right gift for that special someone. This year, skip the retail madness and gift your friends and family with a DIY gift! Not only are handmade gifts sentimental, but they can also save you money while being eco-friendly. We’ve made a list of DIY gifts that are festive and easy for you to make!

1. Fizzy Bath Bombs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While bath bombs are popular gifts, they can also be expensive and harsh on the skin. Instead of buying them, arrange a craft night with your friends and make these beautiful bath bombs! Add scents such as lavender, peppermint or sweet rose for ultimate relaxation during this busy season.

2. Healthy and Comforting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making granola at home is quick and easy to do! Homemade also means you can control the amount of sugar and ingredients you add. Keeping sustainability in mind, buy in bulk and use local and organic ingredients. Gift this delicious treat in a reusable mason jar and you’ll be sure to please all your foodie friends!

3. Coffee Scented Candles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of throwing out your to-go cup, use the cup as a mold for homemade candles! Melt leftover wax candle ends, add some coffee grounds, and you’ve got a beautiful scented gift.

4. Cell phone cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling extra crafty? Head to a thrift store and find a leather jacket you can repurpose into cell a phone case.

5. Personalized Coasters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re heading to a Christmas dinner, coasters are a great gift for the host. Choose from cork, tile, wood or leather, and add your personalized touch. From lace to paint to felt, the options are endless.

Have any DIY gift ideas? Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to let us know!

Eco-Friendly Halloween Decorations

October 30th, 2017 • By: happy Uncategorized

 

 

Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for new decor, try doing an eco-friendly Halloween this year. Getting prepared for the festivities doesn’t mean you have to spend lots of money or produce holiday waste.  Instead of purchasing every Halloween decoration, try creating your own with items you already have in the house. We’ve put together a list of eco-friendly, upcycled and inexpensive ideas for you to try!

1. No Waste Pumpkin Carving
Instead of throwing the pumpkin insides away, roast the seeds and eat them as a snack or in a meal, and use the pulp for pies, muffins, and pancakes. After showcasing your pumpkins, compost them instead of throwing them in the garbage.

2. Spooky Bats[Source]

Get crafty and use egg cartons to make these cute bats! Paint them black and hang them around the house to create that Halloween ambiance.

3. Halloween Wreath[Source]

Welcome your guests with a fun and festive Halloween wreath! By using old brown paper bags, some glue and paint, you’ll greet them with authentic and personalized decor. Swap the Halloween theme for colourful leaves and you’ll have a wreath you can use all throughout fall.

4. Give books a new life[Source]

An alternative to buying a pumpkin is making one yourself! If you have any old books that are falling apart or missing pages, try turning them into pumpkins. Use them as centerpieces for parties, or place them around the house as autumn decor!

5. Spray paint wine bottles[Source]

Turn empty wine bottles into fun decor by painting them into something spooky. Display them outside your house or keep them inside for that extra seasonal touch!

Do you have any other favourite Halloween do-it-yourself’s? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know!

Want to know more about our Zero Waste Consulting Services? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

September 13th, 2017 • By: happy HSR Services

 

 

What is Zero Waste? The Zero Waste International Alliance defines it as “a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”

At Happy Stan’s Recycling, we offer Zero Waste Consulting Services. Our experienced associates provide expert advice regarding Zero Waste programs while guiding you through the process of Zero Waste Recognition and Certification. Whether it’s batteries, light bulbs, paper or large appliances, we try to help our customers not only recycle more but reduce their waste even further through process adjustments. We consult with each new client to assess their recycling needs, identify proper placement for equipment if needed, and develop a program for them.

Being Zero Waste aware is important for both individuals as well as businesses. Our Zero Waste Business Associates are trained in Zero Waste policies, principles, programs, and systems and help guide organizations and communities to achieve their goals. For businesses, we help by assessing your discard management system and providing recommendations for improvement. We also introduce your organization to International Zero Waste best practices, put together education and training programs for your organization, and provide timely reports which assess your progress.

Reducing waste is an important part of the process to becoming Zero Waste Certified, which is why we provide waste audits. We sort your waste into different categories by weight, and create a report to determine how your waste could be minimized or recycled instead. Waste audits can benefit your business in different ways. They provide expert opinions on how to manage your materials differently, which saves on costs. Audits present solutions for the disposal of hazardous materials that should not go to a landfill or burned in an incinerator. These practices will improve your business’s environmental performance, which can ultimately increase business.

With our consulting services, you can choose to achieve Zero Waste Recognition, or Zero Waste Certification. Recognition requires a verification of documents, whereas certification requires a facility audit.

Becoming a Zero Waste Business today, and we promise you’ll experience positive environmental, economic, and social impacts!

 


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Sun’s Out, Plugs Out! 10 Eco-Friendly Tips to Unplug and Save Energy This Summer

July 24th, 2017 • By: happy Eco Tips, Energy Saving Tips

 

 

We’re loving the sunshine in Metro Vancouver, and with it, the opportunity to cut back on electricity. From natural light and warmer temperatures to longer days and outdoor activities, summer is the perfect time to up your green game. To help, we’re sharing 10 eco-friendly tips to inspire you to unplug, get outside, and save energy over the next couple of months.

1. Take advantage of your windows. Turn off the air conditioner and open the window. Turn off the lights and open the curtains. Cost-effective and energy efficient, it’s as easy as it sounds.

2. Turn the page instead of the channel. Instead of watching endless TV shows and movies, exercise your mind with a good book. Why waste good weather curled up on the couch when you can read and enjoy nature at the same time?

3. Connect in real life, not on the web. Try having a technology free night. Spend time with friends and family, go outside, and take in the beautiful nature BC has to offer.

4. Pitch a tent and ditch the hotel. One way to unplug is to leave the outlets behind. Immerse yourself in the outdoors with a camping trip, enjoying games, activities, and fireside company. Tourism Vancouver shares five places to pitch your tent near Vancouver.

5. Turn off the ignition. Walking or riding your bike is not only good for the environment, but it will also save you money and give you exercise. If your destination is too far, take public transit or carpool to reduce emissions.

6. Hang-dry in the heat. Clothes dryers are one of the most energy hungry appliances that exist. Regardless of the weather, hang-drying is always the best option for drying your clothes, while the perk of sunshine speeds up the process.

7. Be water wise. While keeping your lawn green through the dry months is desirable, it also uses up copious amounts of water. Don’t leave your sprinkler running all day; do it early in the morning or later in the night when the least evaporation occurs.

8. Have an eco-friendly picnic. A good meal on a blanket in the park is the epitome of summer. To keep it green, eat with reusable or biodegradable cutlery and plates, and leave the park cleaner than you found it.

9. Take your workouts outside. Why exercise in a busy gym when you can run along a lake with stunning mountain views? Get off the machine and make the switch from a sweaty room to a breath of fresh air.

10. Perfect the backyard BBQ. Instead of using the oven, grill your food on the BBQ. Not only is it more energy efficient, but it’s also an excuse for friends and family to come together and eat outside.

How do you unplug in the summer? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know!

Happy Stan’s Eco-friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

April 26th, 2017 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green

 

 

Now that winter’s officially over, we have one thing on our minds: spring cleaning! From the dusty attic to the old shoes piling up in the closet, we’re likely not the only ones looking forward to a fresh and sparkling start. Before tackling that seemingly endless list of to-do’s, consider these five tips our team at Happy Stan’s have rounded up to ensure an eco-friendly spring clean.

  1. DIY Cleaning Products: Have you checked the labels of your cleaning products lately? Don’t be surprised if you find them chock-full of harmful and toxic chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but bad for you, too! Swap these out for DIY cleaning solutions that include every-day ingredients such as baking soda and olive oil. Not sure where to start? Check out David Suzuki’s green cleaning recipes here.

  2. Reusable Cloths: Did you know 13 billion pounds of paper towel is used and disposed of each year? Instead of contributing to this alarming number, turn old towels or t-shirts into cleaning rags to tackle this year’s spring clean (and every clean hereafter). Perfect for dusting and scrubbing, they can also be washed and reused.

  3. Newspaper: Alternatively, if you feel DIY cloths won’t leave your mirrors as streak-free as you’d like, use newspaper to get the job done. Ecorazzi shares a great tip: just spray the glass with 50/50 water/vinegar, rub the glass with a dry cloth and then go over the surface with a piece of newspaper for streak-free, lint-free results.

  4. Greenery: Add a touch of springtime to your favourite spaces with plants that will continually purify the air. Easy to care for, these include spider plants, English ivy, rubber plants and peace lilies. Since indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, this easy solution is one that shouldn’t be forgotten about.

  5. Donate, Sell, Recycle: Once you’ve decided on which of your possessions you’ll be disposing of, consider whether any can be donated or sold. For those not suitable for reuse, try to recycle what you can. From computers and telephones to furniture and coat hangers, check out what we recycle here.

Have an eco-friendly spring cleaning tip we didn’t mention? Tweet us at @happystans!

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