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Cotton Pads are Easy to Make and Reusable © Emily Groff

DIY Washable Menstrual Pads

Washable Cotton Pads Made From Old Flannel Sheets Almost all sanitary napkins and tampons are made with bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. Feminine menstrual products are a $718 million dollar industry and the waste from these single-use products is monumental. There are reusable alternatives, like these DIY washable menstrual pads that one of our Buy […]

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Simple, lightweight stovetop toaster. © Liesl Clark

Off The Grid Toast

The Stovetop Toaster You Always Wanted By Liesl Clark Our toaster oven stopped working last week and coincidentally I found a camp stove toaster a day later. I’ve wanted one of these for years. They’re the foldable lightweight stovetop toasters that enable you to toast your bread right over your burner. Coleman makes them and […]

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Dry your laundry and water your plants at the same time.

Drip Dry Your Laundry & Water Your Garden

This one’s simple. 1) String a laundry line over your tomato plants (or basil or really anything you’re growing that needs watering.) We tend to water our tomato plants and tomatillos as they don’t need much water and our grape vine digs it, too. 2) Wash your clothes but don’t do a spin cycle. It […]

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Backyard Bunting

40 Ideas For An Upcycled Summer Party

By Liesl Clark Outdoor Party Decor: 1) No Sew Bunting: Here’s an easy outdoor no sew bunting for a flutter at the party. 2) Leaf Coasters For Your Party: In the theme of the outdoors, use leaf coasters so wow your guests. Cheap, pretty. 3) Wine Glass Candle Lamps: Have some etched wine glasses? Save […]

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A plastic sack works as a bucket, too. © Liesl Clark

DIY Buckets

By Liesl Clark Like planters, anything that can hold things can be a bucket: The Pressure Cooker Bucket: This cow feeds from the bottom half of a pressure cooker. It’s a perfect feed pail for a dusty paddock. The Feed Sack Bucket: These handmade horse feeders from Upper Mustang, Nepal come from apricot sacks of […]

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11 Greener Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July with All of the Excitement and Less of the Plastic by Rebecca Rockefeller My family loves fireworks – Some of us more than others, but we all love their flashes of color in the dark night sky. But along with this enjoyment, we’ve been picking up plastic bits from our […]

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Bamboo Mimikaki Ear Spoon Set

Clean Your Ears with a Spoon

Here’s to Tiny Bamboo Spoons Instead of Plastic-Stemmed Cotton Buds by Rebecca Rockefeller A few years back, when my family was just beginning to remove plastic, especially single-use plastic, from our lives, we stumbled across a solution to an item we hadn’t even thought to tackle yet. A friend of ours gifted us with a […]

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A dried riverbed of trash found outside the beautiful village of Ghami while the water was diverted for a few hours. This garbage waterfall is about 1/4 mile long. © Liesl Clark

Cleaning Up a Himalayan Village

By Liesl Clark The village of Samdzong is so small it took us only 25 minutes to walk around with sacks to pick up the garbage thrown outside people’s homes. Why is this trash found throughout the village? Until recently, all garbage was organic: Shoes were (and many still are) handmade from leather and wool, […]

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DIY Bubbles & Wand In Action

DIY Bubble Solution & Wands

Save Money and Reduce the Plastic Packaging in this Old-Fashioned Fun by Rebecca Rockefeller It’s a fact that kids (and a lot of adults) love to blow bubbles. It’s also a fact that the most of the plastic bottles, caps, and bubble wands that come with store-bought bubble solution are not recyclable. This doesn’t mean, […]

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The drying cycle.

How To Do Bathtub Laundry

By Liesl Clark If you ever have a power outage and need to do an important load of laundry, consider the bathtub! We’ve done bathtub laundry all over the world, mostly because you can do it in any location that has a tub and this simple practice saves a bundle of money if you’re traveling. […]

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