From mass producing ‘closed-loop’ garments to coloring t-shirts with waterless dyes, technological advancements are helping the sustainable fashion industry evolve into a powerhouse. Innovators are coming up with ingenious ways to create ethically-made garments without harming workers, shoppers or the environment. The blogosphere was particularly abuzz last month following popular musician and designer Pharrell Williams’ […]
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Need some lamp or lighting ideas? We have 46 DIY lighting projects that you’ll love! Lighting is essential to every single room in your home. It sets the mood and the atmosphere for that space. The problem? New lighting from big box stores can be…
Some ladies believe shoes are a “girl’s best friend,” but I think accessories are the perfect accompaniments to any look. Whether you are going to lunch with girlfriends or to dinner with your beau, a chic accessory can take your look from drab to fab. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share […]
I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who wouldn’t survive a week after SHTF. What could we possibly have in common? Quite a bit, it turns […]
In a few days boys and girls around the world will excitedly untie ribbons and tear away packaging to reveal their newest toys and games. Parents like me will have to figure out how to make room for their children’s latest gifts along with keeping their most cherished favorites. If your child’s toy box is […]
Here are some easy, family-friendly Autumn-themed crafts made mostly from upcycled materials and things found in your backyard.
Want to extend your growing season, or get an early start next Spring? These plans for DIY greenhouses from recycled materials will do the trick.
Got a closet full of shoes that you wouldn’t wear on a dare? Don’t throw them away: try out some of these ideas for revamping last season’s looks into something “new” and stylish… without spending a lot of money.
T-shirts are a comfortable, inexpensive and fun way to tell others about things that interest you. Unfortunately, they also are quickly piling up in America’s landfills, which collect about 12.4 million tons of textile waste each year. Lisa Stout, founder and Chief Upcycling Officer at Refried Tees is working to lessen this outrageously high amount by creating her entire clothing line from reclaimed t-shirts.
Ptolemy Elrington makes sculptures from scrap material and runaway hubcaps. He lives in the British seaside town of Brighton, and has been crafting his Hubcap Creatures for twelve years. In this time Ptolemy has built a name for himself, and now there is enough demand for his work that he’s able to do it full-time. He is known for his animals, particularly fish, but can make just about anything, and sells to all kinds of people.
Home Depot’s Jay Harris shares his ideas for great-looking, environmentally friendly window treatments that won’t bust your budget.
Like the idea of seed starting pots that you can plant? No need to go out and buy them: you’ve got materials lying around the house that can be upcycled into biodegradable pots.
Think a musical instrument made from junked material will sound like, well, junk? Think again: the Recycled Orchestra from Paraguay makes gorgeous music on orchestra instruments made of landfill finds.