Repurposing building materials is at the heart of sustainability and mojo is what you build with. I’ve tried many ideas at my homestead and here’s the tips I’ve found are the most affordable, brings that homestead mojo to work for you, and instead of filling up the landfill you’re helping save the planet.
Not everyone who has the time and inclination for DIY projects should necessarily engage in such endeavors on every level. Some completed self-done projects have function and form, some exhibit neither, and some are outright dangerous. Knowing your limits and when to trade your skills and products for those of others is a fundamental safety issue on a homestead. Sustainability, stewardship, and homesteading are much more than DIY.
In general terms, refinishing refers to the act of repairing or reapplying a wood finishing coat on a furniture object. Refinishing can be applied to a variety of surfaces or materials, including metal, plastic, wood, glass with the help of varnish, lacquer, paint or wood finish. Here are five options for refinishing furniture in your home.
In context of furniture, “refinishing” refers to applying a protective coating to a furniture item that has lost its original or previous protective layer. A typical furniture refinishing involves sanding, staining, sealing, and application of protective layers. Here are five reasons to take on the task.
I used to think of soap-making as one of those cool things I’d love to try someday, but for a long time it seemed too complex and intimidating. Then, one day it so happened that I had all the necessary ingredients – namely, a box of lye crystals and a bottle of non-food-grade oil I had absolutely nothing else to do with. I took a deep breath and dove in. Even a beginner soap-maker can produce simple, multi-purpose, natural soap at home.
How to install chimney pipe through a flat ceiling can be done by any do-it-yourself homeowner. Transitioning from Rock-Vent insulated double wall Class A chimney pipe to black single wall stove pipe through a flat ceiling.
Not only is recycling your used wooden pallets helpful for the planet, but it can help you stay young in brain and body by encouraging you to learn new skills. You can also have great fun as a family working on wooden pallet recycling ideas.
When I first started building my garden and raised beds, I ordered several bulk bags of garden loam and bark mulch. The bags are made of a sturdy, heavy-duty fabric, and I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I had to give some thought as to how I could use them. I decided to recycle the bulk bags into flexible raised beds in which I could grow potatoes and carrots. What this gave me were three extra raised beds with very little effort.
Hats are useful to keep damaging UV rays away from sensitive head and neck areas. They protect kids from the sun and wind as they play. But what if your favorite hat is just too small? Here is useful hack for stretching a hat using an inflatable ball.
Installing a Lock Top Chimney Damper is a common project among do-it-yourself homeowners. Many times the fireplace throat damper rusts apart and is non-functional, allowing heat and air from your home to escape through the chimney and vice versa. In today's chimney industry, we have top-locking chimney dampers that are easy to install, made of stainless steel, and completely seal a chimney flue when not in use.
Why pay for someone to come and install an outdoor patio when you could do it yourself? Outdoor patios are perfect for people who love to entertain. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and they can be completed within a single weekend. This post covers sizing, siting, and building materials.
DIY water filter kits allow just about anyone to create potable water from natural, fresh water sources such as ponds and streams. Simple, off-grid water systems using these kits can negate the expense and effort of packing in water and having lots of plastic bottles to recycle or dispose of.
Though sap flow occurs in a wide variety of trees, there is one variety that produces a sap sweeter than them all: The Sugar Maple. For a six-week window of time before the break of spring, the sugar maple flows. The sap can be tapped, and then boiled down on a wood burning stove at home to make golden, luscious homemade maple syrup.
If you have a garden, then you have garden tools and supplies and you need a place to put them. Carefully evaluate what you have and what kind of space you need to store them. That allows you to choose (if you are buying) or to build a garden shed special to you.
Welcome to the world of repurposing — taking items and giving new life as gifts, home décor, and accessories that you and your friends will love. Follow along the four easy steps to make your own eco-inspired ring holder.
Changing your motor oil is important to the health of your car. But recycling that used oil in the proper way is crucial to keeping the earth clean. Here are the easy and proper ways to recycle motor oil.
Hoop houses have proven themselves to be invaluable for extending the gardening season in both spring and fall. But I didn’t expect to get even more use out of mine during our frequent and unpredictable hail storms!
Old trophies and medals are special reminders of triumphs in our past, but they can quickly pile up and become a large collection. Instead of discarding old medals, why not turn them into a keepsake that is both functional and practical?
Even with minimal building capability, you can learn how to make light fixtures from old metal chicken feeders. The feeders may be hard to come by, but if you know someone that has been in the commercial chicken-raising business, then you can likely find some in their used feeder pile. The total cost per light was $19.32.
As more people choose to reduce their energy consumption and buy newer, energy-saving light bulbs, more incandescents are disposed of. Divert incandescent light bulb waste by hosting a terrarium-making workshop, where students can up-cycle their incandescents into something new: mini terrariums! This post will show you how.
Forging metal means a lot of time standing over the fire, holding the metal – with tongs, obviously – in just the right place to get the proper amount of heat, and withdrawing it at just the right moment. Too much heat and it sparks and disintegrates, too little and no amount of hammering can budge it. Movie blacksmiths look like bodybuilders slamming white-hot metal with sledgehammers; the reality involves a lot more frantic and often delicate tapping, as the smith has only a few seconds to make the right changes before it cools again.
When your electronics say “low battery,” it means just that: The batteries are low but not dead. The energy that remains in seemingly dead batteries can be used in this simple night light project that you can build at home in about one hour. Your new night light will shine for months and is reusable for years, powered by “dead” batteries.
Repurposed pillow covers are an easy way to wake up your stale sofa and chairs, not to mention they offer a second life to household items that normally would have ended up in a dumpster. Here’s how to repurpose your castoff fabrics into fun, fresh pillow and cushion covers.
Turn a collection of carpet-sample pieces into an eclectic rug for your kitchen or bathroom! This resourceful DIY project can be made with just four materials - some of which may already be in your home.
This article will answer common questions about collecting maple sap and making maple syrup. It will walk the beginner through the first steps of gathering tapping supplies, drilling the taphole, and getting started on becoming a sugarmaker.
Ah, the fun begins for building a wood pallet guitar. In this post, we apply the following building steps: planning material, matching the right tools to the wood, shielding cavities, and basic electric guitar electronics assembly and testing.
Now it's time to gather your materials, thoughts, imagination, blend them together and your guitar plans. My plan is drawn out on old reversed-blue prints. I draw my plan in real size in case I have to scale for measurements.
This framed floral arrangement made with dried flowers and corsages is a lovely and sentimental art piece. It can be made with flowers saved and preserved from many occasions, or from this year’s Valentine’s Day flowers.
This post is an overview of my wood pallet guitar. It explains the material sources, how they were obtained and preparation involved with little or no budget, along with the story of my life. Also, you’ll learn the benefits of recycling, repurposing, and reclaiming.
It's important to keep indoor cats occupied to help them live long, healthy and happy lives. These homemade toys will do just the trick! The supplies are low cost and/or can be made by re-purposing items you already have at home.
This simple DIY project is a great way to display this seasons' holiday greetings, or to keep your mail organized. The materials are free or low-cost, depending on what’s in your recycling bin and craft or junk drawer!
This simple DIY project is a quick and easy way to repurpose a metal tray into a pretty place to display photos, notes, even holiday cards. The supplies needed may be found in your home or bought inexpensively at a local craft/home improvement store or found at a thrift shop.
Cultures around the world wove boats: Tibetans floated in Ku-Drus of woven wood and yak skin, Eskimos lashed sealskin around their long umiaks, Arabs traversed the Tigris and Euphrates in quffahs, and the Celts of the British Isles — Irish, Scots and Welsh — had an amazing variety of coracles for fresh waters and curraghs for the sea.
It’s that time of year when the flying, buzzing, blood-sucking insects are at their peak annoyance, and, if you want to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll need to apply some sort of bug repellent to your body. Try this non-toxic, herbal remedy that Stephanie Tourles has for you!
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.
This guide to clever DIY plans offers everything from outdoor furniture to solar appliances, with over 40 tried-and-tested do-it-yourself projects and illustrated building plans for you to choose from.
People around the world have used sustainable pottery for thousands of years to store and serve food, hold water, boil tea, preserve documents (in the case of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls) and for many other purposes. Cups, bowls, pots, vases, plates, saucers, butter dishes, even a “pot-within-a-pot” used for refrigeration in parts of Africa, are all traditional pottery products. This wide, purposeful use of pottery supported the local agrarian community, which is what Cottage Crafted heartily encourages one specific use for pottery is fermentation crockery. Handmade pottery crocks are perfect for making sauerkraut or kimchi. Fermentation is not only a great way to keep your harvest, it also exponentially increases its nutritional value.
Many traditional crafts require substantial training, infrastructure, and investment of money and time. Basketry, however, requires only a few days of training to learn basic techniques, and can use materials that be harvested naturally from almost every biome on Earth. It can be practiced around a modern working schedule, and can beautiful, durable and sustainable tools and furnishings, including animal traps, armor, beehives, boats, cages, chairs, chicken coops, coffins, fences, hand tools, hats, huts, sheds, stables, wagons, walls, and weirs.
Who knew that making a soda so delicious was so darn easy?! This office experiment is our most rewarding yet. I mean, Marlin is cool with his aquaponic system and all, but I definitely don’t want to drink fish water. (See aquaponic blog.) Our ginger beer is so refreshing, surprisingly effervescent and just plain awesome! So you’d like to know how to make it yourself, right? Well, I will gladly share the steps and recipe with you.
Join the FAIR staff and our (current) fish, Marlin as we dive into office aquaponics. We'll keep a log of our progress with the hope that others can learn from our experiences. We're also excited to use our office-grown wheatgrass!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine comes to life in the recently released Wiser Living Video Series. Volume One of the Series features some of our most popular workshops from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS taught by members of the editorial team and expert community. Become more self-reliant in and around your home by tackling 19 projects ranging from keeping backyard chickens to making tinctures.
Save the rain for a sunny day with this homemade rainwater collection system. Using recycled water containers and storing up to 275 gallons, this setup is five times bigger than the typical rain barrel.
Around the country, and especially in North Carolina, small farmers and local food business owners are finding folks in their communities that want to step in where conventional financiers will not, and make direct, peer-to-peer loans for these kinds of projects.
On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
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.
This basic picnic table design calls for five cutting patterns only, making it low-cost and easy to build. Originally published as "Five Easy Pieces" in the July/August 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
When I designed my wilderness cabin back in 2009, I knew I wanted to go the extra mile to achieve beauty, and that included an attractive roof. If you’re interested in creating a roof structure that’s well insulated, pleasing to
Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving (Firefly Books Ltd, 2012) by Stephen O’Keeffe offers DIY instruction on how beginning jewelry-makers can use simplified methods to create ornate pieces without compromising quality or presentation. Learn how to tie the right knot in order to secure your jewelry creations in this excerpt taken from the book’s chapter entitled, “The Slipknot Necklace.”
Buck Purlin shares some basic advice on fixing home foundations, including foundation problems to watch for, finding repairs the homeowner can make, when to call in a professional and foundation tools for repairs.
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
We’ve been living in the little house for nine months and one of the things I’ve noticed is this: If I don’t pick up my stuff the house looks like a bomb went off. I don’t have a lot of stuff, but it’s still easy to create clutter piles with my limit
Have you ever considered using lard to make soap? It is easy to locate, inexpensive, and has a long history as a soap-making staple. This recipe adds a few extras to improve the conditioning qualities of traditional lard soap.
Let’s put water back into the soil where it belongs. Permeable or porous surfaces, like a gravel path or patio, allow rainfall and irrigation to percolate into the ground rather than spill into the street.
Here are instructions for making a quick and easy batch of stained glass soap. Once you get the basics down you can make all sorts of unusual and beautiful embedded soap to give as gifts or enjoy for yourself.
Make a cute, no-sew May Day basket using felt. Embellish it with buttons, beads and trim and it is ready to be delivered. Fill it with flowers and candy and you can hang it on a neighbor's doorknob like people did a century ago.
This very simple indirect stepping stone technique allows you to make multiple stepping stones that will be beautiful and long lasting. It is good for individual stones and for large group projects involving all ages.
Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.
Read this excerpt about heirloom beans from Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver. This book will help you re-discover heirloom vegetables from our American culinary and gardening roots.
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
Containers are great for those that are gardening in small spaces. Though there is the fear of not knowing when or how often to water them. This is why I started to make my own self-watering containers.
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
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!
Conventional options having failed, this reader tried using waste bins as bicycle baskets and found they worked just fine. Originally published as "Country Lore: Inexpensive Bicycle Baskets" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Have you ever wondered how to make reusable bags to take to the market? They’re easier to fashion than you might think, and you can work with all sorts of materials! See how to melt used-plastic sacks to make a new plastic bag or upcycle a T-shirt into a bag suitable for market. Newspapers make a chic and sophistocated basket perfect for carrying fruits or produce. Upcycling is good for the environment and makes for stylish shopping, too!
Here’s a method to quickly put a razor-sharp edge on chisels, planes, knives and carving tools. This sharpening technique is based on electric-powered buffing wheels that polish tools to a keen edge. The hardware is simple and quiet. A small electric motor spins a hard felt buffing wheel that’s covered with a fine, waxy abrasive. Use a softer, cloth wheel for concave surfaces on carving gouges.
Giving handmade gifts will save money while showing the recipient that you care. Homemade sugar scrub, rice pillows, glass magnets and iPod covers are all easy to make and exciting to receive. Spend time, not money, to give the perfect holiday or birthday gift.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers receive guidance on pipes freezing and options such as dripping water or insulation used to solve the problem. Originally published as "Keep Pipes From Freezing" January/February 1987 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Precision Engineering www.structure1.com has generously provided drawings and specifications for building earthbag structures in seismic areas to meet code. The documents have been combined into one 6-page PDF and are now available online.
Low-fired brick is a very sustainable building material with low embodied energy. They are made with locally procured clay and fired with rice hulls, a by-product of growing rice. Brickyards are located near urban areas to minimize transport costs.
Thinking of repainting your house? You may want to check out the EPA’s new lead paint requirements. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, there may be safety concerns you should be aware of when sprucing up that old room – especially if you have children.
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
We’re looking for the most effective and creative solar-heated waterer for chickens. If you’re creative and love to build useful projects, make a solar poultry waterer and try it out this winter. Then submit your design for our contest. We’ll publish the winning entry in the magazine, and the designer will win a free Brinsea incubator.
Learn how to make giant bubbles like a professional bubble artist at home with this DIY video. Complete with a recipe to make a giant bubble wand and your own homemade soap solution, you’ll be ready to impress everyone on your street with human-sized bubbles.
Removing skunk odor isn't easy, but one family has found a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to be fairly effective. Originally published as "Skunk Smell Be Gone" in the October/November 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn how to insulate pipes and heating ducts to conserve money and energy. By following these instructions, you can keep the heat in your pipes and ducts instead of letting the heat flow into unheated areas of your home.
Make a homemade kaleidoscope that rivals the most expensive models with a PVC pipe and a reflector made from mirrors and wood. Point it at anything or use the special reflector tray to make unique kaleidoscopic designs.
Learn the facts about different types of caulk, and find out how each caulking seals the leaks. The list includes latex caulks, butyl caulks, urethane sealants, silicone sealants, rope caulk and polymeric foam.
Knowing where to caulk and what type of caulk to use can help seal leaks in your home. As much as 80 percent of air leakage occurs in areas other than windows and doors. This makes caulking a winter must! Also, learn about different types of caulking, such as silicon and polyurethane sealants.
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.
Creating storage for groceries and other items on your bike is easier than I ever thought possible. With just two small wastebaskets and some rope, I gave my new bike some carrying capacity, and I spent very little money in the process. Make your own bicycle baskets and save!
Finding the perfect desk with just the right amount of work space can be a hassle and a financial drain. Build your own desk with this do-it-yourself tutorial, and you’ll have room for your computer, notebooks, phone, printer and any other work-time necessities, and you’ll save some serious cash in the process.
Sometimes the best activity on a rainy day is snuggling up with a blanket and reading a good book. Build your own reading nook with this tutorial, and you’ll be able to watch the rain from the warmth of your homemade paradise.
Photo of the Day features a rustic wooden bench handcrafted by a reader. Be sure to submit your own photos to share your favorite moments with us and other readers. Maybe the next Photo of the Day will feature it!
You can build a low-cost, squirrel-proof bird feeder using simple tools and inexpensive materials. All you need is some plastic drain pipe and caps, hardware cloth and a bit of wire (or a wire hanger). In no time at all, you’ll have all sorts of birds at the feeder — and the squirrels will be perplexed!
Prepare the soil in your raised bed in one-sixth the time using a U-bar, also known as a broadfork garden tool. Originally published as "How to Build a Broadfork" in the March/April 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Our recent article about energy-recovery ventilators stated that using a “true high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter” in your forced-air heating or air conditioning system would reduce allergens more effectively than regular filters. But one reader pointed out that this could be dangerous. So we went to the experts for their advice.
If you have a dectorative fireplace that is more of a conduit for cold air than a source of heat, this easy-to-make fireplace draft stopper should help keep your home warmer in the winter. Originally published as "A Handy Fireplace Draft Stopper" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Need more storage space? Who doesn’t? You can make better use of the space you have available with some wooden shelves. Building free-standing shelves is easy and can be inexpensive. This is a great woodworking project for beginners.
Fast, solid, and cost-effective, a pole-barn building can serve as a workshop, storage space, or livestock shelter. Originally published as "Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
With a riding lawn mower chassis, bike chains and gears, and two plastic shovels you can create this pedal powered snow plow. Originally published as "DIY Human-powered Snowplow" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This reader discovered multiple alternative uses for treadmill parts from a unit that had reached the end of its life. Originally published as "New Lives for a Used Treadmill" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This reader has discovered a sample credit card has other uses, such as emergency windshield scraper or pot scraper. Originally published as "Free Windshield Scraper and Frying Pan Scraper" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Keep your outdoor cats safe and warm in the winter with this three-bale insulated cat house. Originally published as "Straw Bale Insulated Cat House" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
You can build this handy folding camp chair/game board from one piece of oak lumber. From the December 2009/January 2010 Country Lore department. Originally published as "Nifty Folding Camp Chair/Game Board" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
“If I Had a Hammer,” Andrea Ridout’s DIY home improvement guide, is helpful to both expert and novice, homeowner and renter. Let this book assist you in completing your own projects instead of hiring professionals, and save!
How-to online videos are a valuable resource for any do-it-yourselfer. But there are a lot of videos out there, so we’ve picked noteworthy ones and provided a few links to help you find more in the future. From building a workbench to changing your car’s oil, these engaging and instructive videos will inspire you to start a fun, new DIY project.
A reader describes the inexpensive, easy-to-build woodstove hearth he assembled from scrap lumber, stone, and mortar. Originally published as "Super-simple Woodstove Hearths" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
You can use plant cuttings, clearance-sale plants, and recycled baskets to make attractive homemade gift baskets. Originally published as "Great Green Plant Gift Baskets" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
With an assortment of recycled materials you can create an affordable DIY greenhouse and enjoy fresh food all year long! Originally published as "DIY, Low-cost and Multipurpose Greenhouses" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This simple, effective homemade solar cooker needs just a few supplies you probably already have at hand. Originally published as "Easy-to-make Solar Cooker" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A reader explains how waste water collected from your kitchen sink can become the feed source for a grey water irrigation system in your vegetable garden. Originally published as "Low-Cost Greywater Irrigation" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A reader describes how she built a simple poplar wood garden gate from branches, angle brackets, and chicken wire. Originally published as "Simple Garden Gate" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Purchasing the materials for a DIY project can involve making a number of decisions. When you’re deciding on the materials for an outdoor wooden project, are you more apt to be swayed by cost or durability?
The cost of building with earthbags varies. You can almost build free if you take the time to scrounge the materials. Here is a “middle of the road” cost estimate on supplies that assumes you’ll buy the major items but also take time to shop around.
With this novel technique you can make an earthbag building to serve as a studio, garden shed, chicken coop, or root/storm cellar — no permit required! Originally published as "Low-Cost Multipurpose Minibuilding Made With Earthbags" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
If you're in college or enrolled in a few courses, you can buy textbooks for cheap at Half.com and save a lot of money. Originally published as "Save Money on Textbooks" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The author reports this easy-to-make buck saw design has reliably served his family for years, and should for you as well. Originally published as "DIY Bucksaw" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This reader is so opposed to using use disposable plastic bags for fruits and vegetables she figured out how to make reusable produce bags from cloth. Originally published as "How to Make Reusable Produce Bags" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.