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Products Made from Ocean Plastic

By Larraine Roulston:  Approximately 40 years ago, scientists began to study ocean pollution. During the 1990s, they discovered the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch — an array of discarded floating plastics that have formed an island.  Today, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. …

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Zero Waste—Upcycled Crayons

By Fredrica Syren: If you have kids, chances are you also have a stash of broken and /or old crayons. Most people, I assume, throw them out, so tons of non-biodegradable crayons end up in landfills every year. The problem with this is that wax from crayons will never break …

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Protect Books with DIY Covers

By Kim Robson: Often, when I find a paperback book to read from our neighborhood Little Free Library, its corners and edges are bent and torn. Reading a damaged, dilapidated book is never fun. I have a great technique that uses strips of heavy-duty clear packing tape to repair these …

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DIY Christmas Using Old Sweaters

By Larraine Roulston: Old sweaters sporting holes at the elbows are quite unsuitable to pass along to others. They need not be tossed away, however. Besides being unraveled for the wool, they also offer easier opportunities to create unique holiday gifts and crafts via upcycling by cutting and using various parts of the sweaters. Mittens: …

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UK Starbucks Turns Waste into Furniture

By Larraine Roulston: Pentatonic, a company that designs household furniture, is entering the field of crafting home furnishings by upcycling plastic trash. Their abundant resource is gathered from post-consumer plastic such as water bottles and old smart phone screens. Usable items are being created through Trashpresso which is a mobile solar-powered recycling plant built by …

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Upcycling IKEA Bags Ideas

By Kim Robson: I see people using old IKEA bags at the laundromat and grocery store all the time. They’re capacious, tough as nails, lightweight, easily folded flat, inexpensive at a buck, and easy to carry because of their sturdy woven handles. “Frakta” means “to carry,” and since 1996, the …

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DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

By Kim Robson: Come springtime, I always have a glut of empty mason jars that have been emptied gradually over the fall and winter. They clutter up our gardening shed, clinking around and getting in the way of things. It’s too early in the year to start canning — so …

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New Life for Old Crayons and Markers

By Kim Robson: Kids are natural artists. But art supplies aren’t cheap. This joke isn’t far from the truth: Teach your kids about art, and they’ll never have enough money for drugs. And, just as with cosmetic supplies, there’s always a bit left at the bottom that gets wasted and …

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5 Upcycling, Space Saving Tips

By Amy Webb: Saving space can be expensive sometimes. Especially if you opt for ultra-innovative high-end products. But you can find some amazing space saving products if you look around. You can even buy 2”-deep desks that fit against the wall, or wall beds that act as shelving when the …

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