What to do with old CDs, cases, and spindles

Compact discs or CDs have been popularly used since the 1990s. It is made of almost pure polycarbonate plastic and its reflective surface is coated with a thin layer of aluminum or sometimes gold. We should keep in mind that these items can contain hazardous materials that need to be disposed of properly. But why throw them away when we can reuse them into creating new gifts and household pieces?

Desk organizers from CD cases


You will need:

  •  CD cases
  •  Super glue
  •  Old magazines
  1. Gather some of your most colorfully covered CD cases and get ready to glue.
  2. If your old cases don’t have covers, or you simply don’t like the cover, grab a magazine and just customize in a way that works for you.
  3. Glue two cases together, one at the bottom to act as the base, and one standing up.
  4. Glue more CD cases like this depending on how long you want your desk organizer to be.
  5. Let it set for a few minutes and voila! You’re now ready to get those documents in order.

Accessory holder from CD spindle


Materials Needed:

  •   CD spindle
  •   Spray paint
  •   Newspaper
  1. Make sure to place newspapers on your work area to avoid spraying paint on your floor or your table. It’s best to do this outdoors or in a more ventilated area.
  2. All you have to do is spray paint the entire CD spindle and cover.
  3. Let it set for a few minutes until the paint dries. When the spindle is ready, grab your accessories and put them in place.


CD clock


You’ll need:

  • Old CDs
  • Old or new clock kit
  • Battery
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  1. Pick an old CD that you want to use as clock.
  2. Grab other CDs and cut them into little pieces.
  3. Decorate the CD that you picked by gluing the little CD pieces to it.
  4. While your CD is drying, disassemble the clock kit.
  5. When your CD is ready, reassemble the clock kit, putting the CD as the body of the clock.
  6. Put the battery and check out your new clock.



Iliac Diaz Makes Light

Iliac Diaz is a social entrepreneur that focuses on technology based sustainable solutions. One of his projects is to bring affordable light to urban poor communities. It’s a grass-roots-no-electricity-needed solution.  The project is called Isang Litrong Liwanag. It uses 1 liter soda PET bottles, mineral water, and some bleach.

To learn more, donate, or even volunteer go here http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/




10-minute Interval Workout

Devoting even just a few minutes a day to exercise can help us preserve our own natural resource — our bodies.  One way to become healthier and happier with very little workout time is Full-body Interval Training.

Interval training involves a series of short-period low- to high-intensity exercises, with intervals of rest to give your body time to recover. This technique both targets cardio vascular health and strength building.

We are going to do 10 exercises with a 45:15 ratio. This means 45 seconds of workout with as many repetitions as possible, followed by an interval of 15 seconds of rest.

10-minute Interval Training (45s work, 15s rest)


  1.     Lying leg raise
  2.     Mt. climber
  3.     Pushup
  4.     Full burpee
  5.     Squats
  6.     Squat jump
  7.     Inverted row
  8.     Bicep Curls
  9.     KB Deadlift
  10. KB Swing

Homemade Organic Soaps

From air fresheners and home cleaners to some other personal care products, we have made quite a number of DIY organic home necessities. Now we’ll add soap making on the list.

If you want to try this at home, you may get your ingredients from stores that offer certified organic products, or you may contact THINK on their fb page: https://www.facebook.com/THiNKingNatural

Homemade Organic Layered Soap



  •  Microwave
  •  virgin coconut oil-based melt and pour glycerin cut in cubes
  •  essential oils
  •  glass measuring cup and a stainless spoon
  •  ethyl alcohol
  •  Molds (for this you can recycle a juice box, yogurt container, or any similar container


  1. Put your melt and pour glycerin into the glass measuring cup and into the microwave and heat for a minute.
  2. Stir and add our oatmeal. This is going to be our first layer.
  3. Pour it into the container. Spray with ethyl alcohol to burst any bubble and let it sit for a bit while we prepare the next layer.
  4. For our second layer, melt the glycerin and mix it with the sampaguita and eucalyptus essential oils.
  5. Put 10 drops of sampaguita and eucalyptus oil and stir.
  6. Once done, pour it on top of our first layer. Burst the bubble. Then prepare the next.
  7. Melt the glycerin, and add honey. Stir.
  8. Pour that on top of the 2 layers we prepared earlier. Let’s wait til it solidifies and… you have your soap!

Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2014

02 Shell Eco Marathon

With the constant rise in the cost of gasoline nowadays, drivers everywhere are trying to learn how to make their fuel last longer.

In 1939, two scientists in the United States placed a friendly wager on who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. From that, one company came up with the idea of challenging students from all over the world to come up with the most fuel-efficient engine designs. Several years after, the Shell Eco-Marathon as we know it today was born.  One of their insights: it’s not just about being aerodynamic and lightweight, fuel economy is also a function of how the driver rides the car.

For more on the Shell Eco-Marathon visit http://www.shell.com/global/environment-society/ecomarathon/events/asia.html

Twitter: @shell_ecomar

Homemade Energy Bars

Here are the energy bar recipes we made on the show.

I. Homemade Energy Bar


2 1/3 cups crisp brown rice cereal
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup finely chopped dried cherries
1/3 cup natural, unsweetened cashew nut butter
1/3 cup organic light corn syrup

1/4 cup lightly packed all-natural sweetened vanilla vegan or whey protein powder
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
White Chocolate Bar Coating


1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Then, stir together the cereal, oats, and cranberries in a large bowl.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the cashew nut butter and syrup. Heat over medium-low, stirring for 2 to 4 minutes until mixture is melted and bubbly. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the protein powder, orange zest, and salt until blended.

3. Now, immediately pour the nut butter mixture over the cereal mixture, mixing with a spatula until coated.

4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of foil coated with nonstick cooking spray atop the bar mixture and use it to spread, flatten, and very firmly compact the mixture evenly in the pan. Cool at least 1 hour, until firmly set.

5. Now it’s time to make the white chocolate coating. Just melt 1/3 cup natural white chocolate chips in a microwave. Whisk in 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil until blended

6. Spread or drizzle the bar coating over the cooled mixture. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until the chocolate is set.


II. Energy Bar for Cyclists or Athletes

4 cups rolled oats

4 cups cereal
1 cup each filler (nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.)
2 cups sweetener/binding agent: corn syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
Salt to taste


1. Heat the sweetener and peanut butter over medium heat.

2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

3. Stir in the heated sweetener mix, pour into a large square pan, and let it cool.

Source: From Women’s Health Magazine

The Farm

Organic Beef

Organic Beef

Are you on the lookout for organic beef?

The Farm is the first certified organic beef restaurant in the Philippines, they serve the first certified organic burgers and steaks. They also sell their organic beef, chicken, longganisa, etc. in their store so families can cook organic steaks in their own home.

The Farm is located in One Legacy Place, Don Jesus Blvd., Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City. You may also visit their website for more details.


Juju Eats

In JUJU Eats, salads are delicious, healthy and fun because you can actually play with your food and create your own salad. JUJU Eats is a project by health advocates and entrepreneur couple Kat and David Azanza who first introduced their JUJU Cleanse business.

JUJU Eats is located in G/F BCS Building 2297 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City. Or, you may visit their website for more deatils.

Cabbage Recipes

Cabbage is rich in dietary fiber, and is an excellent detoxifier.  It thoroughly cleanses the stomach and intestines. 


 It is best eaten raw, but it still packs a nutritional punch even when cooked. It’s rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, K, and Folic Acid.

Here are the recipes we featured in last night’s episode. 



1.  Whisk vinegar (or lemon juice), olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and ginger in a small  bowl.

2.  Combine 3 tablespoons of the dressing with tuna and scallions in a medium bowl.

3.  Divide cabbage among 4 plates.  

4.   Mound one-fourth of the tuna mixture (about 1/2 cup) in the center of each plate and garnish with sesame seeds.

5.  Drizzle with the remaining dressing (about 2 tablespoons per salad) and season with pepper.



1.  Coarsely mash the cooked potatoes with a fork.

2.  Heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add onion and cook, stirring often,  until softened and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

 3.  Add cabbage and minced garlic; cook, stirring often, until the cabbage has wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

 4.  Add broth, mashed potatoes; bring to a simmer.

5.  Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer until the cabbage is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Season with pepper.

 6.  Shortly before the soup is ready, toast bread lightly and rub with the cut side of the garlic clove (lightly or heavily depending on taste).



Toilet Paper Rolls

Do you have bulks of tissue paper rolls in your house or office? Instead of throwing them away, what can we do with them?

paper roll spiels

1. You can use it as an organizer for power adaptors and long cables.

For shorter cables, you can make an organizer using an old shoe box and some toilet paper rolls.


2. You can also make a pen organizer.

Put 4 rolls together and secure it with tape. For the bottom, you can cut a used folder or box, then again, secure it with tape. Then you cover the whole thing with craft paper or gift wrapper.


3. Seed starter pot

To make this, just cut four 1-inch slits on the bottom of the roll, fold it into each other, and secure with tape. Fill it with soil, put the seed in, and add more soil. A little water and sun should do the trick. When you’ve successfully grown your seed, you can just undo the bottom and put the whole thing in the soil.


4.  Jewelry Display box

Put toilet rolls in a box and cover it with paper.


5. Napkin Holder

Cut the tube into rolls that’s an inch and a half wide, and cover with paper.


6. Pillow box



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