Nubagg Gives Plastic Grocery Bags A Second Life. TrashRacs™ Work The Same Way But Are Out Of Sight.

Reuse your plastic grocery bags with Nubagg.Nubagg is a simple solution that lets you put your possibly landfill-bound plastic grocery bags to work as garbage bags. The Nubagg is built out of recycled materials and becomes the trash can in your kitchen by holding the plastic grocery bags. It’s now listed on crowd-source website Indiegogo and a $20 donation will get you a Nubagg. Nubagg is hoping to raise $15,000 by November 22.

TrashRacs™Another solution that reuses your plastic grocery bags for trash is the $14.99 TrashRacs™. TrashRacs™ are great because they not only put your normally thrown-out plastic grocery bags to work as garbage bags but the TrashRac™ adds a lid and will hid your trash out of sight and under your sink. [Inhabitat]

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Find Ways To Avoid Using Your Clothes Dryer.

Energy Stars vs WannabeGreentech posted the article “Clothes Dryers May Use 35% More Energy Than Advertised” that highlighted the fact that clothes dryers have not received an Energy Star rating yet and may consume even more power than posted on the appliance. Current dryer tests use dampened napkin-size polyester-cotton blended cloths, not heavy cottons, to measure how efficiently a tested clothes dryer removes moisture. In addition, the tests do not capture data as to when each individual dryer automatically shuts-off based on detected fabric moisture levels which is another measure of how one clothes dryer would consume more/less power than another model.

Testing aside, clothes dryer’s account for 4% of the total residential energy use in the United States and Jubbling thinks the best way to reduce that percentage is to avoid their use. Here are some tips on how to avoid using the clothes dryer during the fall/winter seasons:

  1. Santa shorts hanging on a clothesline.Do Your Laundry Based On The Weather Forecast: Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t use your outdoor clothesline. Wait for an above freezing sunny day to do your laundry and let the dry cool air do the work of your dryer.

  2. Hang Clothes Inside: Most home thermostats are set between 65 – 72 degrees which is warm enough to dry your clothes indoors. Hang them over your washer/dryer, bathroom or anywhere you have a rod installed. Looks redneck but so what. Note: avoid hanging your clothes near your kitchen or they’ll end up smelling like last night’s dinner.

  3. Mr. Mom Flannel ShirtWear Your Clothes Multiple Times Between Washings: It’s colder out and you don’t sweat as much. Take this as a challenge and see how many days you can wear the same outfit – especially if you’re married and you no longer impress your spouse.

  4. Wear Less Heavy Cottons Clothing Or Just Wear Them As Outerwear: Heavy cottons are a pain in the ass to dry. But if you like to wear heavy cottons, don’t let them touch your skin and wear them repeatedly between washing/drying (refer back to reason #3 about not impressing your spouse for extra motivation).

Clip-n-Drip clothes dryerI’d recommend using the clothes dryer for socks and underwear to lessen the amount of time you have to spend and to keep space open for larger items. Or you could go with a clip-n-drip solution that’ll hold multiple small items for air drying. [Greentech]

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Artsy Wall Of Birdhouses Made From Recycled Materials May Not Be A Good Idea.

Thank you Gizmodo and Andrew Liszewski for coming up with the best article headline of the week:

Wall of birdhouses.

From the article:

“So while this artsy initiative [Happy City Birds] that turns recycled materials into birdhouses sounds like a lovely way to spruce up a neighborhood, it’s hard to imagine the deafening racket coming from this wall. The deafening racket or the mountain of crap that’s going to end up on the sidewalk below.”

Building birdhouses out of recycled materials is good. Extreme isn’t. [Gizmodo]

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Fitter, Healthier And More Mileage?

How much does the driver's weight affect gas mileage.This infographic created by Allstate and Cars.com is pretty interesting and self-explanatory. Holy nuts – 39 million gallons of fuel is consumed per year for every pound added to the combined vehicle/driver weight!

We would’ve shown the full infographic but it was obese so we trimmed it by 70%. [MNN]

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Jubbling Should Not Be A Crime: Kentucky Restaurant Closed Down After Rolling In The Roadkill.

Red Flower Chinese RestaurantThe Red Flower Chinese Restaurant really screwed up by rolling some freshly road-killed deer through their front door. Pretty amateur if you ask me. One patron’s take:

“There was this tail, a big, white, fuzzy, tail. A leg was sticking out of the garbage can. One of the other employees was mopping up blood that was dripping out of the garbage and on to the floor.”

From the video, you know what the restaurant did is beyond sketchy when a Kentucky Environmental Health Inspector says it’s the craziest thing he’s ever seen.

Now Jubbling is a huge proponent of limiting food waste but we don’t recommend eating roadkill. If you’re cool with it and you find a newly departed opossum (possum-nuggets?) on the side of the road, bring it in through the back door and not the front. No sense in attracting a lot of pre-meal attention to your discovery and soon-to-be family dinner. [Consumerist]

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Jubbling Break: Elephant At Berlin Zoo Trunk-Flings His Poo. Possibly Thought Guy Was Eyeballing His Tusks.

Besides ending up in the lion cage, this has to be the second worst way to experience your local zoo. [Boing Boing]

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