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Sustainable Living Article Archive

Beginners Guide to Container Gardening

Beginners Guide to Container Gardening

By Nancy House | Who says it takes forty acres and a mule to grow some of your own food? With a balcony, fire escape, or even a sunny windowsill, home gardening is perfectly accessible to the urban dweller. All you need are seeds, some basic gardening equipment, and...

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DIY Composting Worm Bin

DIY Composting Worm Bin

If you want to have richer soil and do your part to compost, consider using a worm bin. By setting up your own worm bin in your backyard, you'll be able to create more high quality soil and minimize your landfill footprint.  Also called vermicomposting, a worm bin is...

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Easy DIY Laundry Detergent

Easy DIY Laundry Detergent

By Ananda Floyd | Making your own laundry detergent is a quick and easy way to avoid harsh additives and chemicals in mainstream laundry soaps. Try our recipe and let us know how it works for you. Laundry Detergent Recipe One 5 to 6oz bar laundry soap such as...

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Tutorial: DIY Soap

Tutorial: DIY Soap

By Ananda Floyd | Avoid the animal products and harsh additives found in mainstream supermarket soaps by making your own. In this tutorial we're using our Grow and Make Organic Glycerine Soap Making Kit, but the process is the same for any of our kits. This kit comes...

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Tutorial: DIY French Pleat Soap Wrapper

Tutorial: DIY French Pleat Soap Wrapper

By Ananda Floyd | Instead of tossing your homemade soap into an old Tupperware, store and gift your soap in cute paper wrappers. It makes each bar into a functional work of art and it is very easy!  Thinner paper is the easiest to fold neat creases in,...

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Mother’s Day Gifts: 10 DIY Projects for Mom’s Day

Mother’s Day Gifts: 10 DIY Projects for Mom’s Day

Make it With Mom: DIY Mother's Day Ideas Does your mom / wife / grandma / woman in your life have a green thumb? Or does she have a major black thumb but wishes she could have a flourishing garden? Either way, here are 5 easy DIY ideas for Mother's Day:...

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DIY Apron Tutorial: Turn a men’s shirt into an apron

DIY Apron Tutorial: Turn a men’s shirt into an apron

By DIY Contributor Kristina Strain Everyone has ill-fitting, unworn clothes languishing in their closets. With a few snips and clips, a turn with the seam ripper and a few stitches, you can turn that misbegotten frumpy button-down into something fresh and useful....

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Seven easy steps to a greener kitchen

Seven easy steps to a greener kitchen

By Kristina Strain | For many families, the kitchen is the center of home life. It's where the most decisions are made, time is spent, and the most meaningful interactions take place. If you're someone who's recently begun living more sustainably, or if you're itching...

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Tutorial: Making Hemp Rope

Tutorial: Making Hemp Rope

By Kristina Strain | Knowing how to make rope was once a critical skill for survival and self-sufficiency on the frontier. Early settlers were able to make rope from a variety of materials, but the main thing they used was hemp. These days, growing hemp is...

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Getting Started with Home and Back Yard Composting

May 29th is National Learn About Composting Day! Composting is still catching on in some parts of the United States, and it's not unusual to be a little intimidated by the process. Some cities are now providing curbside composting with the yard debris bins. But if you...

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Hemp vs. Cotton

Hemp vs. Cotton

One of the more fascinating aspects of the green movement is an awareness in raw material sources. Not since childhood have I been so interested in how things are made and where they come from. Some material resources can be derived for manufacturing with a minimal...

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