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Recycle Old Kitchen Cabinets And Countertops

Recycle Old Kitchen Cabinets And Countertops

There are a ton of ideas to reuse discarded cabinets and countertops

DIY Pallet Shed

DIY Pallet Shed

Build a quick and dirty shed using pallets

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 […]

Get Creative With Unconventional Building Materials

Get Creative With Unconventional Building Materials

One of the most common ways to incorporate green building practices into a project is to adapt or reuse existing materials or entire structures. Although toxicity or structural integrity can sometimes be an issue, experts generally agree that reusing materials or buildings is less expensive — and more sustainable — […]

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

This is one way to solve a housing crisis. Using discarded tires and bottles to create walls of a home. Architect Michael Reynolds has applied this green building construction technique to more than 1,000 homes and thinks it will be the answer to rebuilding Haiti. He calls his homes “Earthships” […]

Do It Better With a Dedicated Recycling Station

Do It Better With a Dedicated Recycling Station

Organization is all the rage. From the boardroom to the bathroom, it’s obvious that being organized makes for more productivity. How about taking that same philosophy and applying it to your household recycling? That doesn’t mean you’ll need to find one of those segregated garbage containers you find in every […]

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

Roll on Retreads

Roll on Retreads

Taking care of a car is expensive, especially in the current climate. But by using retreaded tires, you can save money and the planet. By purchasing retreaded tires, you cut down on the natural resources and energy that goes into producing new tires. Used tires can be unsafe because the […]

Setting Up a Nursery with a Recycled Cradle

Setting Up a Nursery with a Recycled Cradle

When pregnant with my first son, my husband and I were looking for inexpensive ways to prepare ourselves (and our home) for our child. One of the ways we did this was to scour garage sales for items we could either re-purpose or somehow upcycle for the nursery. As luck […]

Revisit: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Revisit: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

No or low VOCs and other eco-friendly products are all the rage. But those aren’t the only ways that homeowners can be greener. Here are a few ideas to put the old “recycle, reduce, reuse” line to work – some of which might even earn or save you some green. […]

Donate Instead of Dumping

Donate Instead of Dumping

As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! The ReStore offers services like pickups and salvage, and also stocks secondhand […]

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Re-Nest turned us onto this amazing DIY table built from scraps of wood gathered from an industrial area of decaying buildings. With the help of some friends a little know-how this table is now ready to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10. Only tools needed are: a table saw, a circular […]

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

In the ongoing quest to recycle and structures for use as live/work spaces, these train cars have followed the lead of re-purposed shipping containers and are now being transformed into permanent living structures.

Water Heaters, Refrigerators, Washers, can all be Recycled!!!

Water Heaters, Refrigerators, Washers, can all be Recycled!!!

Don’t let your large appliances end up in a landfill. In fact its now illegal to dump appliances in more than 20 states. Older appliances typically contain a tremendous amount of steel, especially a water heater. If you are unsure about where your local recycling centers are, start by contacting […]

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

Oregon-based author and designer Shannon Quimby recently realized her dream of building an entire house “without a dumpster” — a project she dubbed the “Reuse Everything eXperiment.” By partnering with several leaders in the green-building movement, Quimby completely deconstructed a crumbling wreck of home in Southeast Portland and reused everything […]

Home Depot will Recycle Your CFL’s

Home Depot will Recycle Your CFL’s

Last week Home Depot announced it would accept all CFLs (compact flourescent lightbulbs) for recycling. This is great news considering the hazardous properties of disposed CFLs which contain trace amounts of mercury. The use of CFLs continue to rise and with most people in America living near a Home Depot […]

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

This houseblogger is going through the process of using salvaged flooring for their back porch. They will be using vertical grain fir tongue and groove flooring, like the original floor.

Recycled Glass Countertops

Recycled Glass Countertops

Considering a kitchen facelift? Swapping out countertops and cabinetry can have a more dramatic (and instantaneous) aesthetic effect, provided your budget isn’t on life support. If you haven’t yet found inspiration do a search on our website for countertops where you’ll find all of our recycled glass countertop articles.

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

This article from the Wall Street Journal offers the pros and cons of an “unbuild” instead of teardown. It’s still cheaper to demo everything and throw it away but much more satisfying to reuse old brick for a retaining wall or find uses for tile and stone in your new […]