So far in this Zero Waste Home series, I’ve discussed grocery shopping and cooking. But I’m a city girl at heart who feels a strong draw to explore my bigger home: San Francisco. That’s why I’ve worked to bring my zero-waste habits to the restaurants, cozy cafes and easy, family-style pizza parties I often frequent. Check out […]
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By Jennifer Tuohy We love to hate laminate countertops. They’re durable and functional, but they look utilitarian. They also last forever, which makes ripping them out to install trendy stone countertops a tough decision. We don’t want to send them to the landfill when they still have life left in them, but we want to […]
By Jennifer Tuohy The combination of working from home and managing the lives of a family of four means accumulating a lot of paperwork. Despite my efforts to live a paperless lifestyle—via scanning and recycling—I simply cannot live without a good filing system. For many years, I used a beat-up old filing cabinet stashed in […]
Pita bread on its way to the stove top (Photo: Robyn Purchia) Attempting to create a zero waste home is certainly met with challenges. Every time I give something away or clear out an area, more things my family doesn’t need or regularly use show up in the house. Every day I become more and […]
Got a blank wall you’d like to liven up? An old potato sack just might do the the trick: check out this tutorial for turning it into unique wall art.
My zero waste goal has given me a new appreciation for grocery shopping. In my previous life, I often ordered from Instacart, a service that delivers groceries to your door. It was so convenient, but so wasteful! I was always stuck with extra bags, big plastic containers and free giveaways I didn’t want to eat. […]
Whatever your political party affiliation, we can all agree that strong, centralized environmental policy will not be a priority under Donald Trump. If Americans care about a healthy planet, we’ll have to persuade state and local governments to care too, or roll up our sleeves and get to work ourselves. For this reason, I’ve challenged […]
Replacing old lighting in your house? An incandescent bulb can be reused as a living ornament for the holidays or year ’round – here’s how.
Got an old chandelier in the house that’s way out of date? Consider taking it down and turning it into a stylish solar lantern.
Don’t just toss that old log! Easy upcycler Jennifer Tuohy shows you how to turn it into a unique bird feeder for your yard.
Change your own oil? You don’t have to toss those used motor oil bottles; here’s a plan for upcycling them into a great garage/workshop storage system.
The choices you make for “greening” your home will impact your home insurance. Here are some of the considerations you need to take into account.
Do your kids like to grab stuff out of the recycling bin? Follow their instincts with these diy toys made from your “trash.”