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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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Buy Nothing Groups = Random Acts of Kindness All Day Long

Originally posted on Buy Nothing Project:
By Liesl Clark © Liesl Clark When people ask me what a Buy Nothing group really looks like, I tell them it’s a Facebook group that’ll give you a hands-on chance to take part in a social movement spreading across the country, enabling people and communities to commit episodic…

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Buy Nothing is hyper-local and hyper-logical. © Liesl Clark

The Buy Nothing Project: Our First Month

By Liesl Clark One month into our experiment, we have 1,000 members in our Bainbridge Island group, and nearly 600 members in our 6 other Buy Nothing groups on the West Coast. We’re a community of givers and takers, bonding together to keep good things and good deeds in circulation, passing them on to those […]

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A Buy Nothing Bainbridge member swooning over fresh baked bread she received from a neighbor. © Melisa Lunt

The Buy Nothing Project

In just 3 weeks, an experiment we launched on Facebook has taken off faster than any venture we’ve ever tried. It’s taken us years to find the right combination of technology and community to create a sustainable sharing and caring economy. The new project is  a gift economy based on the simple acts of giving and […]

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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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Grab a Seat at a Community Fireworks Display

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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