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Repurposing and Reusing Plastic Bags

Guest blogger Kolika Chatterjee has an article for us on fusing plastic bags. If you’ve never tried this, Kolika’s tutorial is an excellent one to follow as she explains what works and what doesn’t. Nothing better than trial and error to teach you the best techniques. Thank you Kolika! Originally posted on Unstreamlined. Saving Plastics […]

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Can You Recycle Synthetic Fabrics?

By Mr. Everest I admit it. I wear a lot of synthetics. They’re high-performance fabrics that have enabled me to thrive in the world’s coldest, windiest, wettest, and sometimes hottest climates. I’ve spent 25 years working with designers of outdoor clothing to ensure the highest performance possible for the clothes athletes’ and explorers’ lives depend […]

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Fix Your Tools with Broken Handles

By Mr. Everest I’ve noticed a trend lately that’s surprising: tools with broken handles are discarded when only the wooden handle is broken. I grew up with acres of woods around me and tools like axes and rakes came in handy every day. I still use them quite regularly and when a wooden handle snaps […]

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Green Guide to Getting Rid of Your Rock Climbing Gear

By Mr. Everest Rock climbing gear needs to be assessed every two years, but under heavy use you’ll want to do it at least once a year. This is when you’ll likely place old harnesses into retirement and recycle heavily-worn or grooved carabiners. Our lives depend upon the performance of our gear. No sense dirt […]

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How to Make A Scrap Wood Chickubator

By Pete Athans Chickubator? That’s my name for a wooden box used to house baby chicks until they’re ready to hang with the big girls in the coop. Day-old chicks arrive weekly at our local feed store come early spring and every other year our children get to pick out 6 new chicks to add […]

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Clothes The Loop With The North Face

By Pete Athans Living on an island means we don’t have access to a lot of services and conveniences. We like that. A 35-minute ferry ride delivers us into what feels like the bowels of Seattle, ejecting ferry-riders beneath a highway underpass, a continuous stream of cars, buses and trucks humming above. Just around the […]

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Trash Hacker: Spice Shelf From A Clementine Box

By Kolika Chatterjee Our friend and guest blogger, Kolika Chatterjee, from Cambridge, MA has a useful transformation for a clementine box. She’s so creative with her photography and graphic talents! Interested in more clementine box transformations? Please visit our Trash Backwards app, where we have a reuse for everything!

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Trash Hacker: Holiday Cards to Gift Tags

We’re excited to introduce our newest guest author, Jenny Lange. In addition to coming up with practical DIY upcycling projects like this holiday card gift tag project, Jenny is a married mother of two who likes to read, walk with her friends, and explore the outdoors. Holiday Card Gift Tags  by Jenny Lange I’m in the […]

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Trash Hacker: Plastics to Plants

We’re excited to introduce our newest blogger, Kolika Chatterjee who has crafted an easy-to-follow photo tutorial bringing paperwhites to life with the aid of plastic water bottles. No need to purchase a plant pot for your bulbs when you have plastic bottles at hand! By Kolika Chatterjee Looking for more plastic bottle reuses? Please visit […]

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