We peeked out the window today and saw a cardinal, a few doves, and a blue jay. They were nibbling on seeds in the grass, but we couldn't help but think they must be disappointed in the lacking accommodations in our yard. So here are a few feeders and baths to keep them coming back (and, hopefully, steer them away from the veggie garden).
Cleaning your home is just as much about what you don't use as it is about what you do use. Although paper can be beautiful and downright useful, it doesn't necessarily need to be plentiful in our homes. Here are 10 paper products that you may be able to reduce, or even kick out of your home.
Maybe it’s this persistent winter weather, but lately I’ve been thinking about ways to inject more color into our home. A favorite of mine, this Etsy shop takes everyday paper waste and turns it into intricate and cleverly assembled products for your home.
We all know that the creative reuse of materials is one of the best ways to green a home. Not only does it keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, but it lends a certain character and, if you're lucky, a good story. Check out how these homeowners turned reclaimed wood into custom barn doors after the jump!
Outdoor garbage and recycling bins aren't known for being aesthetically pleasing, and a large, clunky black plastic bin doesn't exactly scream "curb appeal." That's where the Urbin from Ubisu comes in: it's a modern, modular storage solution for trash bins specifically designed for city dwellers with limited outdoor space. Made from cedar and high-grade aluminum, all the storage units are manufactured in North America from locally-sourced materials and flat packed for shipping.
Sorting waste can be a real challenge in a small kitchen. First there's your basic trash, then there's recycling (co-mingled if you're lucky) and compost. Like most people, we didn't want to give up precious floor space for these bins, so we came up with a semi-custom and affordable solution.
Although taking your dog outside to do its business (and picking up after it of course) is the most eco friendly option, there are animals that go inside on pads. They might be trained to do so or have medical issues that don't allow them to visit the fire hydrant down the street, but either way it's a good thing we're starting to see more and more pet products taking advantage of post consumer waste!
My parents have always insisted on having a real newspaper delivered to their home. Yes, they have Kindles and read even more news online each day, but that doesn't stop them from enjoying the tactile experience of sitting down with a morning paper. All that paper might end up under the tree for them this year, making their reads a little more fun and house "warming!"