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Re-Upholstering Dining Room Chairs

Replacing the fabric gives your dining room chairs a whole new look at a fraction of the cost (and environmental impact) of buying new ones — and minimizing environmental impact is what green living is [more…]

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…]

Deciphering the Seven Plastic Identification Codes

If you’re interested in living a green lifestyle, avoid using plastics. Plastics are one of the least eco-friendly materials in both initial production and recycling. Conventional plastics often use petrochemicals [more…]

Reusing and Recycling Tires

Car tires pose a big problem for the environment. Tires don’t break down, burning them releases toxic gases, and they can release toxins and chemicals into the dirt on which they’re stored. Almost every [more…]

Prolonging the Useful Life of Wooden Furniture

When wooden furniture starts showing signs of age, you can convert it to a new use or repair and refinish it to give it a whole new, green life — and you can do it yourself! Repurposing reduces your burden [more…]

Cheap Ways to Be Greener Today

Building sustainable practices into your everyday routines improves the health of the planet and the wealth in your wallet. To lighten your carbon footprint and save some green, try these low- or no-cost [more…]

Fixing Holes in Carpets

You can save the expense and resources of replacing your carpet by learning how to patch small holes, tears, or damaged areas yourself. Instead of consuming new, unsustainable resources, you do the Earth [more…]

Getting Rid of Clothes the Green Way

The last thing the green-living you wants to do with clothes you no longer wear is to toss them in the trash for a quick trip to the landfill! If they don’t yet look like rags, take them to a consignment [more…]

Buying Used and Vintage Clothes

One way to reduce the number of new clothes you cause to be manufactured, and thereby improve your green quotient, is to buy clothes from the past. Lots of good-quality and barely worn clothes in secondhand [more…]

Giving Away Used Goods for the Good of the Planet

In terms of being green, giving away used goods through a charitable organization reduces waste and fits in with the eco-friendly idea of reusing as much as possible. If you’re interested in giving things [more…]

Reduce Food Packaging for a Greener Lifestyle

The general guideline for minimizing your trash for a more eco-friendly trash heap is to buy products with the least possible packaging or with recyclable packaging. Shopping at grocery stores that sell [more…]

Turning Your Trash into Someone Else's Treasure

If you can't reuse something, can't find anyone who wants it, and can't recycle it, take the eco-friendly route and think of ways to give it away or sell it before you throw it out. Your trash may be someone [more…]

How to Put Together a Compost Pile

Building a compost pile benefits your garden and natural-living efforts. Decomposing kitchen scraps and yard waste make great garden fertilizer. This video tells you how to make a compost bin for a hot [more…]

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