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Materials & Architecture

10 Ways to Repurpose an Altoids Tin

Altoids tins are icons of upcycling. Even folks who aren't into DIY crafts often reuse these handy containers for things like storing change or organizing small knick knacks. With a little bit of craf…

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23 Surprising Uses for Junk Mail

Is your mailbox flooded with unwanted junk mail? Check out these ways to repurpose all of that wasteful paper! Junk mail is definitely one of my pet peeves. It shows up unbidden in my mailbox, and ba…

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Are Carbon Offsets Effective?

I love trees. Not for nothing am I called, on occasion, a tree hugger. But I got to wondering recently about the popular belief that planting trees will help save the environment; does planti…

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Homes Made from Old Cargo Containers (Infographic)

Would you live in a home made out of old shipping containers? Plenty of people are — shipping container homes follow in the footsteps of container furniture and even cafes and office spaces. The trend…

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Building A Cob House In A Day

Cob construction, using a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water to create a very strong, functional, eco-friendly material, is popular in many regions of the world. Looking through galleries o…

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Turning Pine-Beetle Ravaged Trees Into Art

Mountain pine beetles (known to less casual acquaintances as Dendroctonus ponderosae) are infamous across many stretches of North America with pine forests. These insect pests come and go, but whe…

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16 Beautiful Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood

Do you have some scrap wood lying around from a previous project, or some discarded wood that you couldn't leave by the side of the road? Check out these beautiful wood craft ideas! There's something…

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23 Vintage Suitcase Hacks

Do you have any vintage suitcases in your collection? Try one of these crafty vintage suitcase hacks to turn them into something newly functional. What is it about vintage suitcases that's so …

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Heat Up Your House With Compost

When compost breaks down, it provides a lot of heat as a byproduct—so much heat that you can actually cook with it. Many people have long wondered why that heat should go to waste, such as students a…

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A Striking Tsunami-Resistant Home

As a utilitarian, my love for modern design reaches new heights when it manages to be aesthetically compelling and practical, creating a happy marriage of form and function. All too often, desi…

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Not liking this. I picture thousands of cats in tiny cages, kept and not cared for, just for their …

Interesting but the question above from Beverly S. is relevant.

Terrible! Shame! Signed & shared...

I have no problem walking 10,000 steps a day. Thanks for sharing