If you're like me, you want to be more eco-friendly but you're not quite sure what the next step would be after recycling and turning off the lights when you leave the room. Here are 11 DIY projects from around the web that will help you live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap. Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs). If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.
No knitting or crocheting knowledge needed to make this yarn bowl. Just some
Curbliers, it's time to get down with 'the green team'! Whether you're remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we've rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials. Ready to dream green? Let's go!
Green cleaning products don't always have to come from your local "Green" grocer. My older sister is a good example of this-- she makes a lot of her cleaning solutions and is in love with the result she gets, both by way of a fresh, clean house and by saving money. Want a few home-made cleaning recipes?
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?
Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea. All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame. Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box. No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required. BAM...
We've covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers. But what do you do with all those random items you've cleared out? Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea. Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!
From wine cork trivets to recycled paper...
Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you've encountered some towels that have seen better days. Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath mat!
If baking soda and lemon juice aren't your thing but you'd still like to avoid cleaners with a) mysterious chemicals you can't pronounce and b) warning labels that cover half the bottle, we've got the guide for you. Included below is a roundup of ten green cleaning products and companies - and why they're good for you and the space you call home.
It's no lie: I love me a good pillow. But modern pillows tend to be on the pricey side and I definitely don't love that. When faced with this dilemma, I say bust out your sewing machine and get creative.
I'm a firm believer in the idea that "it's all in the details", which for our purpose today means it's all in the accessories! If you're ready to rock and roll with some hip desktop doodads, read on.
...and by "any space" I mean these babies go where you go. Kiss costly renovation goodbye, here are ten portable, clean-burning fireplaces to heat your home up now.
Green cleaning products are great, but like with all cleaners, some work better than others. Kastle has given quite a few a test drive. She has posted her findings, along with her favorite eco-friendly cleaners, over at Daily Green. Here's some you might want to put on your shopping list:
When Jennifer Aniston got her hands on this 1970's residence, she gave it the Curbly once-over taking it from drab to eco-fab. The 6 bedroom 7 bathroom home was fitted with a bunch of solar panels and a reflective metal roof, which was meant to set an example for eco-housing real estate. The environmental lesson continues to the garden; it consists of plants that can stand up to drought. As far as the 9,000 square feet of interior goes, it's surprisingly cozy.
From Stillwater Dwellings in Bend, Oregon, this 2,950 s.f. prefab should sway any prefab-nay-sayers. Take a look inside:
Never say never, as in "You'd never catch me dead living in a trailer!" I'd gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold for
Pam or Ryan would have gladly cleaned the microwave in the break room if there had only been some white vinegar in the cabinet. There is almost nothing white vinegar won't clean up or do for you around the house. Natural, easy, and odor neutralizing, hot steamy white vinegar loosens baked on crud inside the microwave plus 174 more amazing feats. Did you know you can use white vinegar to
1. bleach out sun spots on your skin
2. clean your white grout
3. treat Athlete's Foot
4. control dandruff
Perfect for small-living spaces, the multi-functional Bada Table from EcoSystems, made of reclaimed walnut, transforms from a sleek table to a love seat with a simple 'flick of the wrist.'