How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
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.
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.
Recycled, repurposed or reclaimed — whatever you call it, using old furniture in new ways is an affordable, eco-friendly DIY project.
Transforming a tree to lumber and then to a piece of furniture.
How we convert standing dead trees to usable lumber.
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 log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
Sawing oversized sycamore logs with my Norwood portable sawmill was a huge job, but yielded a lot of great lumber, and salvaged the logs instead of dozing them into a pile and burning them.
The benefits of owning a home wood mill and the economic advantages if you have available timber.
Building a closet from lumber milled from standing dead trees.
Selecting a tree, reducing it to logs, milling out the logs into lumber and using that lumber for specific projects.
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
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.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
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.
Method’s plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that ocean-plastic recycling is possible.
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.
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
These tough vinyl tarps can be used singly or glued together to make larger waterproof coverings.
If you’re getting ready to build a home or begin a woodworking project, consider building with sustainable wood products. With help from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council databases, you can locate sustainably harvested wood.
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
Splitting firewood has changed over the lsst 40 years. A sharp chain and hydraulic splitter make all the difference in the world.
Observations and reminiscences of the 2012 MEN fair in Seven Springs, PA.
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
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.
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.
Small northern Canadian company produces beautiful artisan glassware from recycled bottles and jars.
If you often find yourself in need of lumber for various homestead projects, consider a small, portable sawmill to cut your own lumber. Portable milling equipment makes it possible for you to create dimensioned lumber for all kinds of DIY projects. The videos below show the versatility of portable sawmills in action. You will also discover tips to assist with assembly.
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
Using portable sawmill and basic timber frame techniques to build a utility shed.
The Game of Logging is a professional logging program that can benefit anyone who uses a chain saw.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
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.
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.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.