Recycling in the Garden

There are a wide variety of ways to recycle, repurpose, reclaim, and reuse items in the garden. Blythe shares several useful tips in this blog about recreating her gourd patch for the season.

A Closer Look at Recycled Countertops

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.

Laying Salvaged Tiles

A simple technique for using salvaged tiles to make beautiful floors.

The Recycled Log Cabin

I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.

Thrifty Ways To Use Junk Mail

Junk mail, old books and other used paper can be easily recycled into something useful. Never buy notepads or envelopes again.

America Recycles Day

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.

Reducing and Re-Using Around the Barnyard

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 $30 Greenhouse

The joy and sustainability of a greenhouse made of salvaged everything (well, almost).

How to Dispose of Treated Wood

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.

Recycled Map Crafts

Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.

Chic Crafts From Upcycled Clothing and Homemade Recycled Paper

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 Recycled T-Shirt that Prevents Green Washing

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.

Recycled Plastic Block Houses

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.

How to Make Your Own Paper

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.

Moving On Up

Environmental journalist Simran Sethi investigates the greenest way to move to a new house.

Convert a Used Grain Bin to a New House

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.

Reclaimed Furniture

Recycled, repurposed or reclaimed — whatever you call it, using old furniture in new ways is an affordable, eco-friendly DIY project.