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DIY Plastic Jug Watering Can

Turn an Empty Plastic Jug into a Free Watering Can by Rebecca Rockefeller Need a new watering can for your garden? Check the closest recycling bin for a plastic jug. All sorts of things are packaged in containers that make wonderful watering cans, from juice to laundry detergent to kitty litter. If your bin doesn’t […]

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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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5 DIY Planters From the Himalaya

By Liesl Clark Planters are easy to come by. Whether you have little growing space outdoors, or want to beautify a patio or rooftop, pull your nearest receptacle or container from your trash and turn it into a planter. The more innovative, the more interesting and discussion-worthy for your friends and neighbors. Here are a […]

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Trash Forwards: Give Your Used Clothing To The Poor

By Liesl Clark “Divide the clothing into 17 piles.” We had brought 4 duffel bags filled with socks, jackets, pants, hats, all the clothing necessary to keep a family warm. What we didn’t anticipate was that the clothing would have to be divided into 17 equal shares. This village has 17 households. To keep it […]

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DIY Bamboo Fence

By Liesl Clark This bamboo fence, in Kalopani, Nepal, is one of my favorite DIY trash backwards garden fences I’ve come across in my travels. It’s a simple construction of bamboo sticks and woven electrical cord to hold the whole structure together. Here, people use what they have at hand to create beauty in an […]

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DIY Lumbar Support

By Dr. Steve Overman, MD If you’re on a journey in a bus or car and need lumbar support, we have a trash hack that’ll take care of your back. Two of the greatest impacts of travel are single-use water bottles and lumbar fatigue. This hack takes care of both. Disc related back pain, caused […]

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Foraging in Parking Lots

Need a Paperclip or Pen? Check the Closest Parking Lot by Rebecca Rockefeller The other day, we needed a paper clip for a packet of school forms. We searched through the jam-packed kitchen drawer that serves as our all-purpose storage area for anything we can cram in there, to no avail. We found a lot […]

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DIY Chicken Feeder

By Liesl Clark Chickens are raised all over the world for their eggs and meat. By some estimates, there are 45 chickens per person on the planet. My family had chickens when I was a child (we had, on average, 2 chickens per person!) and we took monthly trips to our local farm coop for […]

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20 Free Crafts Not Plastic

By Liesl Clark When my children reached elementary school age and we enrolled them in programs that had art classes, we were amazed at how few natural materials were used for art supplies and just how much of it was plastic: glitter glue, colorful plastics for mosaics, acrylic-coated feathers, various items to be “recycled” through […]

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Lamenting Airplane Plastics

By Liesl Clark We were being encroached upon by hundreds of clear plastic bags. They were on our laps, around our sleepy heads, stuffed under our feet, indeed engulfing our food and toiletries. Somehow, we had become unsuspecting plassengers on an 11-hour plastic-sealed adventure across the Pacific. How had we fallen head-first into this sea […]

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