Glass shards and litter, even a plastic chair on a basketball field.

Every day, people throw trash on the streets. Either it’s carelessness or there are no trash cans nearby. The KAB’s National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study shows that American citizens throw over 51 billion pieces of litter on U.S. roadways each year.

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Magnetic Field CC BY2010 Windell Oskay

Have you ever wondered how are magnets produced? Since we started working for ReFresh, we began thinking about the origins of the materials we use. We are questioning how sustainable it is working with those. So we asked ourselves: where do magnets come from?

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Cut with your scissors in sandpaper to sharpen them.Today I wanted to use our scissors to cut some fabric and struggled because it became dull over time. I remembered one trick to easily sharpen it. And thus present a new category called "Don't throw it away".

To rescue your dull pair of scissors you simply have to cut a few times into rough sandpaper. After that, our scissors work like a charm again.

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Moonlamp

Dear friends of ReFresh, today we present this new category in our blog, where we'll keep you updated on what's going on in our crazy Lab.
Because there's always something cooking at ReFresh, things such as new products, ideas, concepts and so on. We like to experiment and explore different possibilities that help us learn and improve every day. Doing this is kind of a necessary step, because it allows us to test materials, processes, tools... and at the same time leaves us room to make mistakes and correct them before our ideas turn into actual products. Some of them will never make it, others are just for fun, or are personal projects. But we think we got some stuff laying around that's well worth sharing.

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Levitating note book

A few years ago I was in need of a blank notebook, so I looked in the stores for one with no bells and whistles but couldn't find the right one. However, I found a tutorial on the internet about book binding - and I really liked the idea of making one by myself.

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cut postcards - about to be refreshed

So we decided to hand craft our own cards, using custom stamps and ink on the back of old postcards. 100% recycled and cost (nearly) zero! Here's how:

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Copyright © 2014 Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Some weeks ago, I read this article on treehugger about cheap sustainable living tactics. Almost at the end, the author mentioned Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap, which they used to clean the house, in the shower (body and hair) and even to brush their teeth. This multi-purposeness caught my attention in the first place. I like the idea of having just one product for everything and forget about all the different specific soaps we use. Also, Dr. Bronner's soap is concentrated and can be diluted for its different uses, which means it will last longer and you'll be saving money.

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We live in a consumer society - and companies, mass media and the governments push us to consume more in order to keep the economy flourishing.

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