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Reusing and Repurposing Everyday Items

Reusing sits above recycling in the hierarchy of the three Rs — reduce, reuse, and recycle — because it doesn’t require any extra energy for reprocessing and because it cuts down on the need to buy new [more…]

Turning Old Fabric into Gift Bags

You can reuse gift bags and keep them out of the waste stream for a while, but you can go even greener and make your own gift bags from reused fabric, extending the useful life of the gift bag indefinitely [more…]

Turning Broken Plates into Tabletops

A green lifestyle includes reusing resources. You can turn old and broken plates into creative works of art as tabletop mosaics. Choose a non-toxic, eco-friendly adhesive and grout [more…]

Making Gift Wrap Out of Fabric

Wrapping an eco-friendly present in gift paper created from trees and colored with harsh chemicals sends a mixed message when you’re trying to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Bring your green principles [more…]

Green Gift Giving: Regifting

Regifting — giving a gift you’ve received to someone else as a gift — is a way to recycle unwanted or unneeded items. You can also regift something that’s important to you and thus share its value — perhaps [more…]

How to Turn a Garbage Can into a Composter

One inexpensive option for making your own compost container is to use a large, recycled garbage can. Contact the department responsible for trash pickup [more…]

How to Build a Compost Bin from Wood Pallets

Wood shipping pallets are a great option for creating highly effective composting systems, especially when you have a lot of organic matter to process. You can build a compost bin from wood pallets in [more…]

Using Sheets to Make Curtains

If you hate to sew and hate to shop for fabric, but you’re still committed to making your own window coverings, think about cheating — with flat sheets! They’re great for our no-sew and low-sew projects [more…]

How to Turn Old Clothes into Wine or Gift Bags

Using a few simple sewing techniques, you can turn old clothes into clever gift bags or wine totes. This video shows you how to reuse clothing by recycling fabric into functional bags for gift giving. [more…]

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