You Had Me At Cheap
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GREEN at the same time!
- Reuse yogurt cups with lids to make your own personal jello or pudding
- Pay attention to the packaging of what you buy. Can I recycle or reuse it?
- reuse envelopes, wrapping paper, the front of gift cards (as postcards) and
other paper materials you receive wherever possible
- If building a green home is your goal, then using environmentally or eco-
friendly products should be on your list which can reduce the impact of
construction on the environment. Each and every part of your house such
as roofing material, building material, cabinets, counters and insulation to
your flooring should be environmentally friendly. Use products such as
reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic, recycled glass or natural products such
as bamboo, cork and linoleum which are made of natural, renewable
Upcycling All Stars
Before you take out the trash, try these clever transformations.
I ADMIT IT; it’s very hard for me to resist peering into trash cans, recycling bins or
thriftstore junk piles. I just know there is a castoff waiting to be upcycled into something
cool. I’ve been upcycling—the art of transforming literal trash into treasures—since I was a
kid. I remember my very first project: I took apart an old chair and reupholstered the seat
cushion using a Ralph Lauren sweater I had outgrown. Since then, I’ve come up with
hundreds of projects that I’ve shared on TV, in books and on the pages of Naturally. Here
are some “Hall of Fame” ideas, along with new ones that are super fun and stylish. The
best part? These projects will subtract bits and pieces that were destined for the landfill.
Broken crayons can be remade into fancy ones in minutes. Just peel off the paper labels
and break them into smaller pieces. Fill silicone molds (these gemstone shaped ones are
from Amazon.com) and melt in a 250-degree oven for about 10 minutes. Stir with a
toothpick (to make marbleized colors) and chill in the fridge for an hour. Pop out and voila!
New gemstone crayons.
About 50 wine corks will fill a metal hose clamp (from the plumbing section of the hardware
store) to make an instant trivet; just use a screwdriver to secure them in place.
The bottoms of plastic soda and water bottles can be upcycled into charming candy holders
in minutes. Just use a zipper (available at crafts or fabric stores) and glue onto two same-
size bottles. Then fill with sweet treats and zip shut.
Chanel flowers, anyone? Use the scent strips from perfume advertisements to make
aromatic paper flowers. Just cut out petals and attach with florist’s tape to florist’s wire (all
from the crafts store).