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Sustainable Living Article Archive

Green Gift Ideas: Pinecone Fire-starters

Green Gift Ideas: Pinecone Fire-starters

By Grow and Make Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Grow and Make's Green Holiday Series Make gifts out of junk. It might not sound appealing when worded that way, but taking a thoughtful and creative approach to your gift list is a terrific way to green your...

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The Toxic Truth About Oven Cleaners

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Getting a clean oven can be a toxic proposition. Commercial oven cleaners often contain caustic, even poisonous chemicals; the self-clean mode can stink you out of house and home. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap,...

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How to make newspaper pots for planting seeds

How to make newspaper pots for planting seeds

By Contributing Editor Nancy Hulse Here’s a satisfying little project that’s quick and easy, and fun to share with kids. The only supplies you’ll need are a bunch of newspaper, a smooth dowel about 6” in diameter to form the pot, and some potting soil. Although you...

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How to make Ginger Ale at home

How to make Ginger Ale at home

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain It's hot. Worse than being hot, it's sticky, too. It's the kind of day when you look at yourself in the mirror and find you've become a humid human magnet to all manner of debris: dirt, hair, dead leaves, more dirt, the cat....

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Sewing Tips: How to Mend a Hole

Sewing Tips: How to Mend a Hole

By Grow and Make Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Materials Needed: Sewing machine Matching thread A scrap of woven iron-on interfacing An iron Time required: Ten minutes   First, turn your article of clothing inside-out, and find the hole.    ...

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How to Make Yogurt at Home

How to Make Yogurt at Home

By Contributing Editor Will Johnston It's easier than you might think to start your own, in-home yogurt production. Unlike other do-it-yourself dairy projects, there are no fancy enzymes to track down, no fancy equipment to purchase. With a carton of milk, a little...

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How to Build a Worm Composter

Getting Start with DIY Vermiculture - Growing Worms 101 If you want to have richer soil and do your part to compost, you'll want to 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 do your...

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How to Make Tea Light Candles at Home

How to Make Tea Light Candles at Home

Welcome to your new hobby of soy candle making! Soy candles are at least 90% cleaner burning than their petroleum counterparts, and because they burn at a cooler temperature than paraffin, soy candles will generally burn 25-50% longer. IMPORTANT: Wax has a flash point...

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HOW TO MAKE A REUSABLE SANDWICH WRAP

HOW TO MAKE A REUSABLE SANDWICH WRAP

 By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain They're everywhere: in the sky, in the water, in your suitcase, bathroom, kitchen, and dresser drawer. They've probably made an appearance in your lunch box, too. Plastic bags, ubiquitous and (it must be said ) sublimely...

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How to Make Hemp Rope

How to Make Hemp Rope

By Contributing Editor 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...

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How to Make Hemp Jewelry

How to Make Hemp Jewelry

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Making hemp jewelry is a fun and creative way to make gifts or accessories for yourself while doing something good for the environment. Fast-growing and sustainable, hemp is a terrific choice for home jewelry making. Almost...

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Learn How to Make Cloth Diapers at Home

Learn How to Make Cloth Diapers at Home

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain As every eco-mom and eco-dad knows, it's a lot better for the environment to pad a baby's bum with cloth diapers. Breaking the cycle of disposable disposal is the biggest green factor, but add organic unbleached cotton or hemp...

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