When one home-building couple first started looking for sustainable countertop materials, they were focused on options made with recycled materials. In their quest for the perfect tops, they stumbled upon a more cost-effective way to incorporate recycled countertops into their home’s design.
A simple technique for using salvaged tiles to make beautiful floors.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
Junk mail, old books and other used paper can be easily recycled into something useful. Never buy notepads or envelopes again.
Step-by-step building instructions for a passive solar greenhouse.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
The diva of re-use, Annie Warmke, talks about simple steps to take in the barn yard for re-purposing and reducing waste. After reading this article you won’t be able to think about things like llama poo or beer bottles in the same way again.
The joy and sustainability of a greenhouse made of salvaged everything (well, almost).
Your deck or other outdoor structures may be made of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Learn more about CCA-treated wood and how to dispose of it.
How to build a greenhouse of used sliding-glass patio doors that is warmer and less expensive than plastic, and keeps out burrowing animals.
Build your own space-saving table from recycled wood.
Turn an old section of bowling lane into a beautiful, sturdy, reclaimed wood dining table.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
Method’s plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that ocean-plastic recycling is possible.
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.
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.
Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.
Some things have come full circle, so now we have a chance to fix it right this time!
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
Turtle Plastics Modular Matting is now available in 14 colors.
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.
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.
Extolling the virtues of salvaging and reusing building materials
For May Day on May 1, make one of these 10 May Day Baskets with recycled materials.
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.
These tough vinyl tarps can be used singly or glued together to make larger waterproof coverings.
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!
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
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.
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.
From West Africa to the Netherlands, furniture designers find oil drums an abundant, green material.
Hand crafted from recycled materials, each item one of a kind.
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.
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi investigates the greenest way to move to a new house.
Get rid of junk, make money and reduce waste with these garage sale tips.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
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.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
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.
Here's something positive to blame on the recession: Less trash is going into the landfill. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence takes a look at the changing American throwaway culture.
In the long term, using recycled tire planters or rubber mulch in your garden can cause problems. Here's why.
Recycled, repurposed or reclaimed — whatever you call it, using old furniture in new ways is an affordable, eco-friendly DIY project.
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.