Bottle House in El Salvador

Recycled bottles can create a dream home

In El Salvador, a couple, Prudencio Amaya, 102, and Maria Ponce, 78, decided that not having enough money to build a home won’t stop them from having their dream house. Their home, called “La Casita Encantada” or “The Enchanted Cottage,” has drawn attention for its clever use of recycled bottles as building material. Prudencio and Maria are reaping the benefits of their innovation as well–tourists have been stopping by to see the house and leaving donations for the couple.


I had an Odwalla bar the other day and found out that if you collect the wrappers, you can raise money for a charity of your choice. You can send hard-to-recycle waste materials, like candy wrappers or chip bags to Terracycle, where they will be converted to new products. For each unit of waste, the company donates $0.02 to your favorite charity.

Sign up for their Brigades and start collecting!


Want to give your plush toys a second home? You can donate them to SAFE, Stuffed Animals for Emergencies. They’ll distribute them to hospitals, homeless shelters, and for paramedics to give out to injured or traumatized children during their calls. The organization also accepts books, blankets, and other toys. So do your part and help make kids feel a little safer.

Save the Earth, Fight Cancer

DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, has partnered with Cell Phones for Cancer in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. CPC recycles electronic items and donates a portion of its proceeds to help fight cancer. They also accept laptops, digital cameras, ink cartridges, mp3 players, DVDs, among other things. If you have 10 items or fewer, you can mail them to:

Cell Phones for Cancer, LLC
Attn: DKMS
30275 Bainbridge Road
Suite 2A
Solon, OH 44139

If you have a bigger shipment, email to receive a shipping label.