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These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Stop buying and using plastic to green your life today.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
Plastic we don't recycle ends up in our oceans. Alkaline batteries leak toxins into the air, water and soil when sent to landfills. What if we all took responsibility for recycling common items we use? Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, by taking the pledge to recycle more.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares a simple guide to recycling plastics and plastic symbols.
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Mother has always known best, and these tips for reusing what would otherwise be garbage are as relevant today as they were in 1970.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap—and surprisingly elegant.
In honor of Earth Day, the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has teamed up with Anthropologie to create unique window display art made from recycled corks.
Guest blogger Heidi Cardenas commits to a 100 percent recycling program and discusses the good—and free—things that can come from that.
This seed company recycles magazines to package their organic and heirloom seeds.
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity. 
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
Get inspired by these tips and make something useful out of your used glass instead of just recycling it. From wine bottles to baby food jars, you’ll find a repurposing project that suits your recycling bin.
Learn more about La Plaza Cultural community garden in New York City; create a recycled garden at home.
An experiment in a London suburb turns cigarette butts into home insulation.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
Don’t want to waste paper? Opt out of phone book delivery and use the Internet instead.
Seattle voters rejected a proposal to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at the register.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.  
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace explains how to recycle your empty cosmetics containers.
Difficult economic times mean recycling centers across the nation are seeing demand for recycled items such as paper, cardboard and glass diminish.
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace gets help from a kindergartner in reviewing a new green children's book from Scholastic.
Don't know what to do to be greener in 2009? Here's a few things Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace will be committing or recommitting herself to for the next calendar year.
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
Matt investigates the glass-recycling industry and the initiatives taken to recycle all trash.
Follow a young environmental enthusiast through daily and long-term changes.
Gina takes her first step into sustainable living.
Jessica gives an update on her townhouse greening: a recycling center, cardboard art, and upgraded lighting and bathroom fixtures.

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