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Make This: Minimal Clothes Drying Rack

by M.E. Gray

Perfect for small spaces - a collapsible wooden drying rack for laundry.

If you're looking for ways to save money, or working on shrinking your environmental footprint, air-drying your washing is a great place to start. Dryers, while they are handy, use a ton of energy to operate. Plus, you might own delicate clothes that aren't suited for aggressive machine drying. A clothes drying rack is a must-have asset for your laundry room - and bonus, you can make your own.     

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25 Amazing Tree Houses

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

25 Amazing Tree Houses

Tree houses aren't just for kids, they are serious business. Whether constructed for fun or necessity, take a look at 25 amazing tree houses compiled by Web Urbanist  that run the gamut of style, design and function. Built in trees, with trees, hanging from trees or around trees, architects and builders have expanded the tree dwelling Swiss Family Robinson prototype to encompass every style imaginable. See more amazing tree houses

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Staggering Plastic Water Bottle Facts

by DIY Maven

Staggering Plastic Water Bottle Facts

So we all know that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, and that’s enough to eschew their usage. However, if you ever needed more specificity to punt the plastic, Green Upgrader has ‘em.

Did you know......

....that plastic bottles take 700 years to even begin composting?

Or that 90% of the cost of the bottle water is due to the bottle itself??

Or that 80% of all plastic bottles used aren’t recycled?

Or that 38 million...

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Better Options to De-Ice Your Driveway and Sidewalks.

by Chris Gardner

This article claims to offer a bunch of environmentally-sound methods of de-icing sidewalks. However, most of their tips are directed more at removing ice from your window (though they are good tips for doing so).

Luckily, the folks in the comments section offer great green ideas that seem much more fun than shoveling at six a.m.

Better Options to De-Ice Your Driveway and Sidewalks.
  • Pure urea fertilizer
  • Fire place ash
  • Baking soda on steps and walkways
  • Just add sand for traction
  • Ground leaves from the...

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How To Install a Programmable Thermostat (and Save Loads of Energy and Money).

by Chris Gardner

A programmable thermostat cost only $40, and they’re terribly convenient. It’ll ease your lifestyle and your ecological footprint. Your home can be nice and toasty when you wake up, but cooler when your snuggly beneath the covers. Recently, I was asked to help install a programmable thermostat in a neighbor’s home, so here’s some photos and a brief how-to.

Need some motivation? Click here for ten great reasons to install a programmable model.

How To Install a Programmable Thermostat (and Save Loads of Energy and Money).

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The Top Ten Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat.

by Chris Gardner

Seriously, folks, you've gotten get one of these...even if you rent, it's an easy project that you can switch out when you leave, and take it with you. Save money and the environment with this easy DIY project.

The Top Ten Reasons to Install a Programmable Thermostat.
1. Programmable models are way more convenient and accurate than manual models.

2. Most thermostats contain two programs: one each for the weekdays and week days. Many contain three programs (for weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday) and some even...

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Modern, Flat-Packed Christmas Tree.

by Chris Gardner
Treehugger points us to this modern, plywood tree: "For the modernist not tied to tradition, they've designed a reusable, flat-pack tree to decorate your home in the spirit of a greener holiday for years to come."

The plywood "tree," which really consists of four identical CNC-routed planes that fold together when not in use (and for ultra-efficient shipping), may not be quite as festive (and green, in color at least) as a more traditional tree...

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How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

by Chris Gardner

"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."

How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

Unclog sinks, tubs, toiilets and more with these tips from...

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19 Alternative Uses and Ways to Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags.

by Chris Gardner

Even if you've already made the move to reusable bags when grocery shopping, you still seem to gather a collection from short trips to the pharmacy, hardware store, etc.

Here's ninetine other options to put them to good reuse.

19 Alternative Uses and Ways to Recycle Plastic Shopping Bags.
  1. As bathroom trash bags.
  2. Store soiled diapers
  3. Store glasses and containers that are apt to spill, such as children's sippy cups.
  4. Collect trash in the car.
  5. As packaging material.
  6. Store wet bathing suits and towels...
Read the full...

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How to Easily Convert From Plastic Grocery Bags for $1.00.

by Chris Gardner

You've been meaning to gather enough re-usable grocery sacks to do away with plastic bags all together, but you just can't find the time to sew them all, and can't bring yourself to pay $8-9 for commercial products.

A better answer: purchase some cheap tote bags from the craft store. Those living in the Midwest, Southeast, Oklahoma, and Texas should note that Garden Ridge sells large tote bags in, like, 15 different colors for only $1. These beat...

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163 Things You Can Compost.

by Chris Gardner

Of course, some of these are obvious, but it's important to note exactly what's safe and useful to throw in your compost bin or pile. If you haven't started, now its the perfect time, as the falling leaves and dying summer plants (tomato vines, corn stalks, etc) are the perfect compost fodder.

Compiled by Marion Owen, from HGTV.com 

163 Things You Can Compost.
Here's the first 30 or so, but do be sure to check out the whole list.

·  paper napkins

·  freezer-burned...

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More Items You Didn't Know You Could Recycle.

by Chris Gardner

"Ok sure, we can all recycle newspapers, magazines, our Coke cans, and our cereal boxes. Well, is that really it? Is that all you do to recycle? Take a look at my list below. If you are only recycling the obvious items you are not even chipping the surface. In fact, [this post] will not only tell you what to recycle, [it] will try to tell you how and where to do it."

Read the whole article here.


    * Auto
          o Car Batteries.
          o...

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How To Clean Vinyl Siding: an Eco-Friendly Way.

by Chris Gardner

"When it comes to how-to advice on cleaning vinyl siding, I'm amazed at how often the word "bleach" comes up... But think about it -- is bleach really necessary? After all, it's harmful to the environment, including your very own local waterways, flora and fauna. And not just wild fauna -- I met someone whose little dachshund was killed when a careless neighbor accidentally sprayed the pup with a bleach solution while cleaning his siding.

Here are...

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Five Environmentally Friendly Gift-Wrap Options.

by Chris Gardner

My whole family hates that I refuse to buy thematic, seasonally-appropriate wrapping paper, with matching ribbons etc. I never quite got the decorum of gift giving (like why buy a gift, then spend an extra ten dollars to wrap it and put a card on top, when I could have just got you a $10 better gift?!?!), but now, we can cite the unncessary waste of disposable gift wrap. DIYLife suggest five environmentally friendly alternatives.

Five Environmentally Friendly Gift-Wrap Options.

 

1). Re-purposed...

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