Egg cartons, a great option for spring gardening

If you use eggs, you’ll be familiar with egg cartons. Most are made of recycled paper and molded pulp, and can be recycled with conventional paper as long as they’re clean. But here’s an alternate use: cardboard egg cartons are perfect for starting spring seeds or growing a window garden.

The process is simple: just rip the lid off (and recycle it); fill the 12 ‘cells’ with potting soil; drop in your seeds; cover them up; water and wait. You may need to water a bit extra at the start until the soil and cardboard are well soaked, and you’ll want to put a tray underneath to catch water that seeps through.

Cardboard egg cartons biodegrade, so when the time comes to transplant your seedlings into a garden, you can just separate the cells of the carton and plant them directly into the soil. In fact, they’ll likely be on the verge of falling apart anyway, and some roots may have already grown through – a bonus!

Spring has sprung – it’s time to use those cardboard egg cartons to get a head start on gardening! (Here’s a simple three-minute how-to video.)

(Note: foam cartons can work as planters too, but they are not biodegradable so seedlings would have to be removed from them when transplanted. Unfortunately, not many recycling programs accept foam, so it’s best to avoid it in the first place.)

EnerGuide for Vehicles, the definitive guide to fuel economy

Few of us really know the fuel consumption of our vehicles. We may have a rough idea of how far we can travel on a $50 fillup, but that’s a pretty poor measure since fuel tanks vary in size and gas prices are always changing.

The real measure of a vehicle’s fuel economy is how many litres it consumes to go 100 kilometres, or its imperial system equivalent, how many miles you go on a gallon. And the very best place to get unbiased comparisons between vehicles is Natural Resources Canada’s fuel consumption ratings search tool. It’s a database that lists the official fuel economy of every make and model of vehicle sold in Canada since 1995. It allows you to find the best ones, or compare the models you’re considering. An invaluable tool for any vehicle buyer!

And – here’s a great two-minute video about other ways you can improve your fuel economy.

Join CIPEC, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation

These days, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the multitude of information about energy saving technologies and practices. But if you work in industry or business, Natural Resources Canada’s CIPEC is a concise, comprehensive, credible source of great information, including:

If you work in business or industry, you owe it to yourself to check out CIPEC – it’s an excellent one-stop resource for savings. If you don’t work in business or industry, please share this with everyone you know who does.