If you have a lot of excess scrap paper like I do, it’s time to put that waste to better use. Read this do-it-yourself article about how to make your own homemade, recycled paper, and then get to work turning trash into treasure.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
Papercrete – concrete made with paper – recycles household trash into a durable material that's perfect for heavy-duty DIY projects.
Use everyday recyclable materials to create personalized DIY stationery.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
Learn how to make a handmade envelope using upcycled paper and vintage maps with these step-by-step instructions.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains paper giant Kimberly-Clark's new sustainability policy.
Although paper is a wood product, it's not always the best answer for mulch or compost.
Eco-Libris offers people the opportunity to off-set the books they read by planting trees in developing countries.
Recycling a steel grain bin makes great use of an existing structure. You can probably find an inexpensive used grain bin and use it for a home, office, shop or storage.
Recycled, repurposed or reclaimed — whatever you call it, using old furniture in new ways is an affordable, eco-friendly DIY project.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
JWTIntelligence predicts big green changes in the coming year (including tube-free toilet paper).
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds a company that upcycles old yoga mats. Recycle Your Mat, a company founded by yogini Stephanie Stano in 2008 gives yoga mats a second life as an upcycled or recycled product.
A company called From War to Peace makes “peace bronze” out of disarmed nuclear missile systems. The bronze is then transformed into cool items such as jewelry and bottle openers.
For May Day on May 1, make one of these 10 May Day Baskets with recycled materials.
From a home built into a cliff to a home built out from laundry soap boxes, these homes prove how fun and satisfying it is to push the conventional edge. It's your house. Create whatever you want.
How to build a greenhouse of used sliding-glass patio doors that is warmer and less expensive than plastic, and keeps out burrowing animals.
The joy and sustainability of a greenhouse made of salvaged everything (well, almost).
In the long term, using recycled tire planters or rubber mulch in your garden can cause problems. Here's why.
ECO360 Trust produces sustainable T-shirts made from 100% recycled PET plastic water bottles. ECO360 Trust is a campaign of the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Communication.
Method’s plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that ocean-plastic recycling is possible.
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
Some manufacturers that make rubber mulch from shredded tires claim it’s an environmentally friendly solution to tire waste. So is rubber mulch safe to put on your plants, as those companies assert? Find out here.
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
These tough vinyl tarps can be used singly or glued together to make larger waterproof coverings.
Step-by-step building instructions for a passive solar greenhouse.
A recycled cork yoga mat prototype gets a rigorous workout as one editor puts it through the ropes in her quest for more eco-friendly Zen.
Small northern Canadian company produces beautiful artisan glassware from recycled bottles and jars.
Easy-sew step-by-step instructions (with photos) to repurpose feed bags into handy totes.
Extolling the virtues of salvaging and reusing building materials
Turtle Plastics Modular Matting is now available in 14 colors.
Build your own space-saving table from recycled wood.
Turn an old section of bowling lane into a beautiful, sturdy, reclaimed wood dining table.
You can upcycle (make crafts from recycled materials) to beautifuly and simplify your world! Have a few old T-shirts that are past their prime? Make them into a rosette pillow! Use homemade recycled paper to send friends and family chic, personalized greetings cards. Overrun with stuff to recycle? Transform tin can lids into a melodious windchime! Have fun and get creative turning your old stuff into treasures!
A simple technique for using salvaged tiles to make beautiful floors.
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap--and surprisingly elegant.
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
These money- and waste-saving alternatives to paper and plastic products eliminate the temptation to resort to disposable for your summertime outdoor dining needs.
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
Finally! Design experts and contractors say granite and marble have lost their luster. Find beautiful, natural alternatives to that and solutions to other common design mistakes, including dull color pallettes and overused water features.
Turn low value plastic trash into valuable building blocks with a $300 homemade press. Free plans for a hand operated press are available. A mechanized version could be made by converting a log splitter.