Myrtle Beach eco-writer is addicted to Pinterest

For Weekly SurgeAugust 5, 2013 

Hello. My name is Jennifer and I’m addicted to Pinterest. Will you follow my board? Will you re-pin my pin that I re-pinned from someone else’s board?

Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?

If you haven’t been on Pinterest, a pin-board-style photo sharing Web site, you’ve been missing out on an excellent resource for ideas for everything and anything you can imagine. A lot of people use it for recipe ideas and fashion tips and wedding planning.

Pinterest is used by people to discover things they love and love to do, such as plan a trip or start a collection. Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Pail Sciarra founded Pinterest in 2010, which now has 80 employees and is operated by Cold Brew Labs in San Francisco. There are more than 20 million users. According to Nielsen Media Research, 70 percent of the users are women and the most popular categories are food and drink, D-I-Y (do-it-yourself) and crafts, women’s clothing and travel.

Some of my green boards include Repurposed Art, Greener Gardens, Reinventing Trash, Green Holidays, and Inspired Home Ideas. Pinterest is a snapshot of your interests and your life and quite possibly could define who you are. I follow other people’s boards to get even more ideas for my own and then I re-pin. It’s an endless source for ideas.

Of course, in the real world, none of us have enough free time to accomplish every single project idea we find, even with all the money in the world to do it with. However, Pinterest is one of those tools where you pin an idea and save it for later. It’s definitely one of the most creative and easiest tools I’ve ever used. It’s also quite fun and addicting.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

From Pinterest, I’ve learned how to make my own laundry detergent, which has saved my family about $22 every two weeks for about three months, so far, which is a grand total of $132. To make your own no-cook, no-grate laundry detergent, follow this recipe:

3 Tablespoons Borax

3 Tablespoons Washing Soda

3 Tablespoons Liquid Soap (dish detergent, you can use Dawn or Dr. Bonners, whatever you prefer)

Measure and mix the borax and washing soda together in a large glass measure. Add the 3 tablespoons of soap. Add 4 cups boiling water. Stir well. When it cools down, pour it into a 1-gallon jug and fill it to the top with cold water. It will bubble up and be runny and whatever color your soap is. Don’t expect it to be thick like what you are used to with the traditional laundry soap. I’ve been very pleased with the results so far. By the way, since I have a 7-month-old baby, I do use stain remover sometimes.

Repurposed Art Gallery

Also, from Pinterest, my husband and I created a kid’s art gallery wall. I’ve had several frames that no longer work or were broken on the back. I found this pin with colorful frames and kids artwork. So we simply took our wooden frames and purchased some here and there from thrift stores, removed the glass and backing, sprayed painted them fun colors, hot glued clothes pins on the outside and, viola, hung them on the wall. Now, we add our kids’ art works to the frames and hang them using the clothespins. It was genius! Not only do the kids get to see their work displayed at home, but also the work is honored rather than shoved in a box or drawer somewhere.

Upcoming Projects

I’ve found so many ideas on Pinterest that can help me go greener that I can’t wait to try. These ideas include making my own body wash using a $1 bar of soap, recycling broken crayons with a muffin tin, and making bracelets from soda can tabs and ribbon. If you wish to find me, go to pinterest.com/mygreenglasses.

Jennifer Sellers is the sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University and offers her eco-views at her blog, mygreenglasses.com. Contact her at jen@mygreenglasses.com.

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