Skip digging by opting for easy stomp-in edging. This lawn edging is rubber, made from recycled car and truck tires. The top of each block mimics the look of natural stone, while the underside is open. Inside each block (visible from underneath) are rubber stoppers, which prevent you from sinking blocks too far into soil. Arrange blocks along your edge area before stomping them into place. It’s a good idea to wet soil before installation, or simply wait to install after rain. Rubber construction ensures this lawn edging will last a long time.
Catch and save water from household chores to use in the garden. Keep empty 5-gallon buckets on hand to hold the catch from a dehumidifier. Use plastic milk jugs to save cold water that typically runs down the drain while you wait for hot.
There’s no getting around it: Lava stone is gorgeous. It’s beautiful, with its amazing color, its luster and its you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it magnificence. It’s also literally one of the most expensive options in the world for countertops, sometimes ending up around $300 a square foot. The reality is, nothing will look like lava stone. But Paperstone, a composite countertop made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based resins, might just make you forget about it. It seems like a solid-surface material but is eco-friendly in almost every way you could imagine, and when you drink in its warm Cabernet color, you might just wonder why you ever considered another crazy-expensive option.
Storage Dilemma: You don't have the room for a recycling center in your kitchen. Solution: Stack your recycling bins out of the way, in a slim cabinet with shelves in your garage next to the entrance into your home. This handy alternative allows you to organize your recyclables, and keep odors from lingering in your kitchen.
To create the paint chip flowers, cut the end of the chip at a 45-degree angle with scissors, then twist around until a conical form takes shape. Add a generous bead of hot glue to the back where the two edges of the paint chips meet. Make several flowers in assorted colors and attach them to a foam wreath using hot glue, tightly placing them side by side until the wreath is completely covered.
Footstools covered in colorful recycled tin pop against the green shag carpet in this funky contemporary living room. Dents, scratches and nail heads only add more character to the one-of-a-kind pieces.
Countertops made of recycled glass are colorful, eco-friendly and durable. The artisan who fabricates these particular countertops, Dakota Surfaces, makes a weekly run to IKEA to collect broken glass from damaged furniture and housewares.
The Advent calendar is made with recycled cans. Make sure to completely clean the cans before you use them for the project. First, spray-paint the outside of the cans. Once they're dry, drill holes in the sides of the cans near the top. Take the pieces of wire and stick each end through the holes in the cans, bending the wire so that it creates a handle. Add a spiral on the each end of the wire by wrapping it around a pencil. The white-vinyl numbers in the pictures were cut on a Silhouette machine, but any set of numbered stickers would work.