Use What You Have: Practically Free Upcycled Organization Ideas

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If you've ever gone on an organizing spree, I probably don't have to tell you that the cost of stuff to organize your stuff can really add up. But if you want to get organized on a budget, your best bet is to create solutions with things you already have. Things that might instead end up in the trash or recycling, so you're saving the planet at the same time. These upcycled organization ideas for every room in the house prove that with a little creativity, you don't have to spend big bucks to create an organized space.         Continue Reading

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
Photo: Purl Soho

If you're like me, you want to be more eco-friendly but you're not quite sure what the next step would be after recycling and turning off the lights when you leave the room. Here are 11 DIY projects from around the web that will help you live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.   

 

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
Photo: Sugar and Charm

1. Nix that wasteful plastic wrap and make a set of these oilcloth bowl covers instead. 

 

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
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Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

created at: 03/13/2012

It’s an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes… they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I’m allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes. Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Eco-Friendly Materials for Building The Ultimate ‘Green’ Kitchen!

created at: 09/15/2011

Curbliers, it’s time to get down with ‘the green team’!  Whether you’re remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we’ve rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials.  Ready to dream green?  Let’s go!  

 

1. Countertops:

Caesarstone is GreenGuard certified, LEED certified, produces low or no VOC emissions, and was the first surfacing company to receive an ISO 14001 certification – a global standard specifically for environmental protection.  They also have a “recycled collection” made from recycled quartz scraps and pre- and post- consumer recyclables.   Continue Reading

DIY Green Cleaners

created at: 09/12/2011

Green cleaning products don’t always have to come from your local “Green” grocer.  My older sister is a good example of this– she makes a lot of her cleaning solutions and is in love with the result she gets, both by way of a fresh, clean house and by saving money.  Want a few home-made cleaning recipes?   The folks at Maillardville Manor have a thing for green living- including eco-friendly and chemical-free cleaning.  They give a list of the basic cleaners and their recipes, from laundry detergent to carpet care.  Continue Reading

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

created at: 09/06/2011

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in “3D textiles”: she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics… I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my “vault of knowledge” along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it’s done!   Continue Reading

Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

created at: 06/22/2011

And by super easy, I mean if you have any motor skills AT ALL, you can make a bath mat just like this recycled cork one ($125) (shop other cork bath mats, and here)

Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea.  All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame.  Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box.   Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Make a Mudroom Shoe Rack from Pallets!

created at: 05/09/2011

As with mason jars, there seems to be no limit on what you can do with a discarded pallet.  We've shared quite a few projects in the past, but this may be the simplest/easiest of the bunch!    

Tel Aviv-based design studio Junktion focuses solely on creating new things from old stuff.  They've upcycled a car trunk hood into a sofa, a collection of metal teapots and collanders into a chandelier, and old suitcases into medicine cabinets.   Continue Reading

Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

created at: 03/31/2011

We’ve covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers.  But what do you do with all those random items you’ve cleared out?  Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea.  Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!  

created at: 03/31/2011

From wine cork trivets to recycled paper notebooks, Whole Living has put together a guide to 25 eco-chic ideas for your home.  Continue Reading