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Sustainable Living Article Archive

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, such as large...

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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: Kids Garden...

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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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How to make a hummingbird feeder from recycled materials

How to make a hummingbird feeder from recycled materials

Make it With Mom Clueless over what to get mom for Mother's Day? For something truly unique and memorable, we recommend either making mom a gift or preparing a project to do together so that she gets both a present (in this instance a lovely hummingbird feeder) and...

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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 illegal in...

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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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