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Fix It: Plastic Wheelbarrow

By Liesl Clark I bought a plastic wheelbarrow and regretted it much later. So much for the “plastic lasts forever” theory. Yes, it lasts forever, but it cracks in the interim, into smaller and smaller pieces. That was the fate of our deep Ace Hardware wheelbarrow that’s been this homestead’s workhorse for some 4 years […]

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Start an Inventor’s Kit For Your Curious Child

By Liesl Clark Our alarm clock went on the fritz. It just didn’t keep good time anymore and when we put new batteries in, the whole thing decided to stop ticking. Rather than throwing the clock out, our 9-year-old took the opportunity to try to fix it. He looked deep inside and saw the inner […]

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Fix It: Ballpoint Pens

By Liesl Clark We had a few hundred pens to test after having collected them from boxes bound for a dumpster. Sure, we had saved them from the landfill, but did they work? Most did, but the 30 or so that wouldn’t write just needed a little nudge. The roller ball was locked in place […]

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Random Acts of Reuse in Upper Mustang, Nepal

We’ve come to call Upper Mustang “The Land of Reuse” because few things are consumed and then simply thrown away, except for candy wrappers, plastic packaging like biscuit wrappers, ramen noodle packets, and plastic bags holding washing powder. These, sadly, are found underfoot in nearly every village. Plastic Packaging Used for Irrigation: But some plastics […]

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Trash Hacker: Knee Holes in Leggings

by Junior Expert Trash Hacker Cleo with Liesl Clark Do your children have blown-out knee holes in their favorite leggings? Turn them backwards! This work-around adds ventilation for long hikes and outdoor play. This Trash Backwards trash hack courtesy of 6-year-old, Cleo, who is not adverse to patches or sewing up her holy pants, too!

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