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Use Your Raised Garden Bed As A Winter Compost Pile

Use Your Raised Garden Bed As A Winter Compost Pile

Use your raised garden beds year round by turning them into compost piles for the winter months.

Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights

Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights

It happens to the best of us — we go to hang our holiday lights only to find that they no longer work. Trying to find the burned-out bulb or shorted fuse is time consuming and frustrating, and often times strands of incandescent lights just go bad after a few […]

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

20 Ways to Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat

We here at Charles & Hudson are always looking for ways to be as green as possible in our everyday choices, as well as be as economical as possible too. So when it was time to replace our old torn yoga mats, we got to thinking about ways to repurpose […]

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

This past weekend we had the chance to check out our city’s monthly summer Really Really Free Market — as in, yes, everything really, really is free — and we’re digging this latest urban trend. Really Really Free Markets are communal spaces where anyone can bring anything to share — […]

Down East Doormats: A Brilliant Solution To An Ongoing Problem

Down East Doormats: A Brilliant Solution To An Ongoing Problem

Building something or finishing a project is all about creating a solution. So when we stumbled across Down East Doormats, which use the basic design of a doormat to solve an ongoing problem, we didn’t hesitate to share this solution-oriented product with you. Produced by the Maine Float Rope Company, […]

Upcycle Your (Recalled) Drop-Side Crib

Upcycle Your (Recalled) Drop-Side Crib

My daughter will be turning one here at the end of August, and as a child always in the 95th percentile of growth with no sign of slowing down, I know her babyhood is quickly ending while her toddlerhood is approaching with fast ferocity. One of the more substantial milestones […]

Recycle Your Flip Flops & Help Build A Playground

Recycle Your Flip Flops & Help Build A Playground

As you very well may already know, April 22nd is Earth Day, and this year more companies than ever are joining in the effort to help green our planet. One of the most interesting concepts we’ve seen is the partnership between Old Navy and TerraCycle. TerraCycle is a program based […]

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

One of the most effective ways to build green is to use salvaged materials. The great thing about salvage is it can be small (a piece of furniture, perhaps) or, in the case of this house, huge! “An entire section of highway” was recycled “in the construction of its core […]

Ideas for Recycling Phone Books

Ideas for Recycling Phone Books

We haven’t used a phone book in years but obviously some people still do as we receive them on our doorstep every six months or so. It’s one of the largest wastes of paper if you don’t recycle them which hopefully your community offers recycling. You can also call your […]

Make A Fireplace Log Out Of Newspaper

Make A Fireplace Log Out Of Newspaper

If you have a fireplace, you’re probably used to saving stacks of old newspaper to use as kindling. With a couple of days and a handful of materials, you can also transform newspaper into a fireplace log that can be used in place of store-bought options. Grab a sizable stack […]

Where To Recycle Electronics

Where To Recycle Electronics

Now that Christmas has come and gone, you might have a shiny new electronics gadget — and an old one that’s in need of disposal. Instead of tossing it in the trash, consider one of several recycling options. The EPA’s website is a comprehensive recycling resource. You can search for […]

Recycling Bins of Japan

Recycling Bins of Japan

We recently returned from a few days in Japan visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and few towns in between. As steeped in tradition Japan is, they are also very progressive on some fronts and one of them is recycling. There must be a national recycling program and law that states all materials […]

Coasters From Recycled Sources

Coasters From Recycled Sources

Given the endless amounts of CD-ROMs in the world today there is probably no reason ever to actually buy a set of coasters again. But the shinny discs have a couple of problems. First, these tend to stick to the bottom of glasses all too often, and that hole in […]

Recycle Non-Working Holiday Lights

Recycle Non-Working Holiday Lights

It happens to all of us — you get out your holiday decorations, are all stoked to trim the tree and create a celebratory light show to be seen from space when lo and behold, one (or many) strings of lights doesn’t work. You check all the bulbs, plug it […]

What NOT To Recycle

What NOT To Recycle

As our lives become greener with every action, purchase, and eco-conscious decision, sometimes it’s easy to assume just about everything is recyclable. Unfortunately, that’s not entirely the case, and as responsible DIY’ers it’s our responsibilty to educate ourselves on the dos and don’ts of proper, effective recycling. In the continuing […]

Recycling Tips for America Recycles Day

Recycling Tips for America Recycles Day

Did you know that the 13th annual America Recycles Day is coming up? According to Earth911.com, it’s “the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the U.S.” By visiting their website you can find activities in your area spanning the whole weekend prior to America […]

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

You know the ubiquitous pink fiberglass insulation? That’s Owens Corning and although everyone continues to seek out a better and more green insulation, fiberglass insulation isn’t going away anytime soon. Owens Corning isn’t sitting on their laurels as they continue to redevelop their product and is now one of the […]

Recycle Unsightly Campaign Yard Signs

Recycle Unsightly Campaign Yard Signs

Regardless of where you stand politically, we think everyone can agree that campaign yard signs are an eyesore, especially after election day. They remain long after the ballots have been counted, sometimes lasting until spring elections. They get dirty with rain, snow, and sludge and make any neighborhood look worse […]

Refinish Your Own Salvaged Building Materials

Refinish Your Own Salvaged Building Materials

Salvaged building materials are a booming business. And sometimes the price of those “antique” or “professionally finished” pieces can make you choke. Why not refinish your own salvaged pieces. With a little elbow grease and a sharp eye for solid materials, you can have a one of a kind home […]

ShetkaStone Goes From Cradle to Cradle

ShetkaStone Goes From Cradle to Cradle

Are you looking for a product that’s recycled with a capital “R?” The recycled paper countertops from ShetkaStone will deliver. For the kitchen, bath, laundry room and even in the boardroom, this counter (or tabletop) is impressive. Similar to this PaperStone product, ShetkaStone is made using 100 percent post-consumer or […]

Swiss Earth House

Swiss Earth House

Well, I’ve always wanted an underground lair. Luckily, I’ve found one that looks more pastoral than evil and gloomy. Made of concrete and earth, this Swiss estate is a cluster of grass-blanketed houses encircling a pretty little lake. According to Inhabitat, aside from using natural and recycled materials and having […]