These items can be found easily at salvage stores and promise unconventional DIY home projects with a big payoff.
Don’t throw away your no-longer-worn clothing, get creative and make some new DIY textile decor for your home.
Go green in the bedroom with these simple ideas for creating an affordable eco-friendly haven.
Reclaimed furniture can add a rustic yet elegant touch to your home. Find out why you should choose reclaimed over new and how to incorporate it in your home.
Protect yourself from cold winter winds with homemade sweater mittens, hats and blankets.
Don’t toss out those old incandescent bulbs! Squeeze a little more life out of an old light bulb by turning it into a mini terrarium or tiny vase.
Writer Julia Normand reclaims the weathered wood doors from a Quonset hut on the edge of her Alaska homestead to decorate her living room wall and create a living history memorial to her husband’s family history in fishing.
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project—something made from discarded materials—each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
With no building experience but a lot of determination, Gary Zuker built an 800-square-foot straw-clay home on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas--for $40,000.
Denise Franklin's 280-square-foot cabin in British Columbia provides everything she needs--and more.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
While many indications point to house size shrinking in America, National Public Radio reports that the McMansion is far from dead.
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds a company that upcycles old yoga mats. Recycle Your Mat, a company founded by yogini Stephanie Stano in 2008 gives yoga mats a second life as an upcycled or recycled product.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.