Sustainability
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Watering Plants
Not many around these parts are new to the idea of gardening or the growing of plants. Even though we’ve all been around the block a time or two, we thought it was a good time to brush up on some quick tips and facts about keeping things watered properly. Do you know the best time to water your plants is? This answer and more after the jump!1.
Jun 14, 2020
How To Plant and Keep an Indoor Lemon Tree
When winter comes to Italy, the lemon trees potted in terra cotta get moved indoors. Every large estate has a sunny, ventilated room to store their lemons, known as a limonaia. Winter is when the trees bloom, and I’ve always imagined a room full of these as exquisite to the point of intoxicating. Worried about cold snaps, I’ve brought my Meyer lemon tree indoor and the smell of blossoms on just one tree greet me every time I walk in the house.
May 26, 2020
This Eco-Friendly Shipping Container House Is Suspended Off the Ground to Blend In with Nature
If you’re looking for green living inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.
May 26, 2020
This Sustainable 290-Square-Foot Tiny House Can Be Configured Over 1,000 Ways
There's a built-in rainwater collection system, too!
May 25, 2020
This Affordable Tiny Dome Is An Example of What Zero-Carbon Living Could Look Like
Cheap, eco-friendly, and durable—what more could you want?
May 25, 2020
25 Places to Donate Your Stuff
We’ve featured some great articles recently on the value of downsizing our belongings. Yet even with the best intentions to pare down, it can be hard to part with certain things. If you have items you’re waffling over donating (the microwave you barely use, the business suit you wore once) here’s a list of 25 organizations that will happily take your stuff and put it to great use.
May 20, 2020
How Can I Shred Fabric and Turn It Into Fiberfill?
Q: I am in desperate search to find a way to shred fabric. I have tons of scrap fabric I can’t do anything with along with lots of kids clothes that are beyond repair. I would love to turn this into a fiberfill of sort. It’s been challenging to me to find a way to do this, so I would love if you all could help me find a solution.Sent by KelliEditor: Suggestions for Kelli?Have a good question? Email us! Read other Good Questions here!
May 20, 2020
How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
image:1091dfc769cb0c41e1d9410d6aee8834d7f9a565 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Instructions for cast iron skillet cleaning often include a lot of don’ts: don’t use soap, don’t use steel wool, don’t put it in the dishwasher. It’s almost enough to scare one off from cast iron completely! However, with a few simple techniques, you’ll be able to keep your skillet clean, rust-free, and well-seasoned.
May 15, 2020
Does the Tennis Balls in Dryer Trick Really Work to Soften Clothes?
Everyone has a few home and cleaning tips they’ve been taught that, to be honest, may or may not even work—whether that’s using newspaper to clean glass, rubbing strongly-scented dryer sheets on clothes to keep bugs away, or polishing shoes with banana peels. One laundry hack that often gets tossed around is putting tennis balls in a dryer to soften your clothes and dry them faster.
Apr 28, 2020
"Wishcycling" Is a Thing, and You're Probably Doing It
Green Week
It's not enough to just WANT something to be recyclable.
Apr 22, 2020
9 Alternatives to Cloth Bath Mats
image:86f5a8a99c727561ea4869de120ef8e64c197242 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I love the feel of plush bath mats, but mine usually end up staying tamped down, accumulating dog hair, and generally not being nice and fluffy. Given that I recently learned I have a few household allergies, I’ve decided it’s time to forgo the cotton rug.
Apr 21, 2020
5 Drying Racks for Life Without a Dryer
For the last month my washer/dryer combo hasn’t had the dryer functionality, and I’ve had to come up with some creative solutions for drying my clothes. I thought about only wearing quick-dry athletic wear, but that’s proved to be unfashionable. So, in the end, an over-the-door drying rack is the best solution for me and my apartment.Here are five options for drying without electricity: Antonius Drying Rack for over the door from IKEA; $7.
Apr 9, 2020
15 Creative Clothes Drying Racks
image:a1b9dbac900965d6029baa712df3edb5cf15ddf4 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" There’s no need for a dryer with these creative and space-saving drying racks! Hang them inside or outside, over the tub or over the backyard, lower them from the ceiling or mount them on the wall. There are options sure to fit any space.
Apr 9, 2020
Best Indoor Drying Racks: And How To Hang Your Clothes
In order to curb her energy use in the winter time, Ashley English of Small Measure (who shared with us her green resolution this past December) has been making use of her indoor wooden drying rack, as she writes today in her weekly Design*Sponge column.
Apr 9, 2020
Boll & Branch Launched a New Organic Bath Collection—And Your Purchase Can Help Medical Workers Right Now
Help yourself, the environment, and relief efforts all at once.
Apr 7, 2020
Two Easy Homemade Alternatives If You Don’t Have Glass Cleaner
Picture this: Inspired by the window-cleaning marathon you completed while getting a jump start on spring cleaning, you’re cleaning all the glass in your house. You’ve done all the doors, the glass that protects every photo that’s hung on the wall or displayed on a bookshelf, and the mirrored tray on your oversized tufted ottoman. In your zeal, you’ve finished a spray bottle of glass cleaner.
Apr 6, 2020
Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen
Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
Apr 6, 2020
Best Plants for the Bathroom
Do you have plants in the bathroom? There are actually a number of houseplants that thrive in this room’s typically tropical conditions of low light, warmth, and humidity—not to mention that they help freshen the air and your spirit! See our list, along with a few that thrive in bright and sunny bathrooms.
Apr 3, 2020
Bedding Stains: Don’t Throw it Out. Dye it Out!
Pillowcases, duvet covers, sheets, and bed spreads can all be ruined with a conspicuous stain. It’s unfortunate when perfectly good, intact bedding is cast away because of a spot here and there, or because of general dinginess. Rather than buying new, dye your bedding instead! It’s a great way to cover stains or update a color. Either way, it’ll prolong the life of something you already own and be cost effective to boot.
Apr 2, 2020
1,001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar
We love white distilled vinegar. We don’t love the way it smells. But we love it. It’s pretty cheap, it’s non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and you can use it to do (literally) like a thousand things in your home.We just stumbled on this ridiculous website VinegarTips.com—a website where you can find 1,001 things to do in your home with vinegar.They’ve got cleaning tips (vinegar makes a cheap tile and grout cleaner) and laundry tips (use it as a stain remover).
Mar 19, 2020
Saturday Assignment: Remove Household Rust With These 5 Natural Remedies
Rust is a quiet, subtle things that sneaks up on your pans, pots, servingware and even some furniture. The weekend’s a perfect time to rid your metal of this pesky unsightly element. And guess what? There are five eco-friendly ways to remove rust, most of which came from you, our readers! Rust comes in many different forms, but the most common in households is rust from iron oxides, where metal is exposed to water or air moisture and becomes oxygenated.
Mar 17, 2020
Quick Tip #40: How to Remove Dried Paint from Paint Brushes
Try vinegar! Soak the brush in vinegar for an hour or so until you can bend the bristles. Fill a saucepan with vinegar until the brush bristles are covered. Bring the vinegar to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for a minute before removing the brush. Gently comb the brush with your fingers. The paint will still be attached but will fall away as you comb it. Rinse the brush under running water to release the loose paint.
Mar 17, 2020
15 Awesome Indoor Trees for Arbor Day
Arbor Day is April 24th! Arbor Day is a fabulous day to go out and plant a tree, but if you don’t happen to have any land, it’s the perfect day to stay in and plant a tree. These thriving specimens from our House Tours are sure to inspire your green thumb…or make you green with envy, if you’re me.
Mar 17, 2020
How To Paint a Room
We’ve been working on a small renovation project that provided the perfect opportunity to try out some of the newest low & no-VOC paints for walls, trim and ceilings. Some people are a little hesitant when it comes to using the eco-friendly paints, but trust us, it’s really easy (and fun!
Mar 17, 2020
IKEA’s New Sustainable Collection Will Help Create the Indoor Garden of Your Dreams
Six artisans from around the world pitched in to make this sustainably driven collection come to life.
Mar 13, 2020
Getting Started on a Window Box Garden: Ideas, Tips & Sources
Thinking about making a window box garden this year? Here are some of our best ideas and tips to get you started:Looking for inspiration? Here are some beautiful boxes:The Urban Gardener: Window Boxes10 Inspiring Window Box GardensSpring Flowers: Creative Window Box InspirationNot sure what to plant in your box:Getting Started with Windowbox Gardening10 Colorful Low Maintenance Window Box PlantsShallow-Rooted Veggies for Growing in Window BoxesNeed a new window box?
Mar 11, 2020
The Best of Vertical Gardening: Inspiration, DIY, & Resources
Last year I talked about design dilemmas common with the quintessential rectangular urban yard, and space (or should I say, lack thereof), is usually at the top of the list. From inspiration to DIYs, tips on products available on the market and where to source them — this post will surely have you dreaming up new ways to best utilize a small footprint in the garden. TOP ROW: Inspiration Look! Living Canopy on a Tiny Balcony Dwell On Design: Vertical Gardens Look!
Mar 11, 2020
Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas: 10 Inspiring Succulent & Cactus Gardens
In lieu of buying my Mama cut flowers this year, I am thinking it would be fun to make her a sweet plant arrangement. Below are 10 potted garden ideas using succulents and cacti, which I especially like because not only are they pretty, they are also low maintenance. TOP ROW 1. Cactus Garden from From Ezter With Love 2. Pretty Lace Flower Pots, DIY from A Beautiful Mess 3. Hanging Kokedama Plant, DIY from Free People 4. Vintage Planter Cacti Garden from A Beautiful Mess 5.
Mar 11, 2020
Want to Use Green Cleaners? Start Here
A new year, a great opportunity to make a commitment to a healthy home by investing in more natural cleaning products. There are plenty of options to buy, and lots of ways to DIY. If you don’t know where to start, find it here. And if you’ve been using green cleaners for awhile, now’s a good time to examine your methods and see if there’s room for improvement!
Mar 11, 2020
Natural & Beautiful: 5 Simple Wreath DIYs
‘Tis the season for pretty wreaths. Last year I did this roundup of pretty twig wreaths, and this year I went searching for some easy and natural wreath tutorials. If you’re looking for inspiration for making your own wreath, here are 5 easy projects that do not require a lot of time or supplies. 1.
Mar 11, 2020
Cheap, Easy DIY Decorating Idea: Craft with Painted Fall Leaves
Here’s an easy DIY craft for you: grab some leaves from the backyard, whip out some craft paint or thread, and go to town. If your budget doesn’t allow for buying store-bought decorations, this is a cheap alternative that do-able and fun. TOP ROW: Alisa Burke painted a series of leaves, then strung them up as festive garland. Try painting leaves still on the branch, for a great centerpiece like Rachael’s. Or, simply tape up a collection of leaves like Elsie Marley did.
Mar 11, 2020
Easy DIY Project: Making Your Own Cloth Napkins
I’m not quite ready to go off the grid but I try to be eco in small ways, like turning off the faucet when washing dishes, keeping lights off in rooms I’m not using, and not using paper towels. Using cloth napkins is just one of those things that I’m hooked on. A few stats from Earth911 help put things into perspective: 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the U.S. every year.
Mar 11, 2020
Tips & Tricks for Getting Rid of and Dealing with Mosquitoes
Looking for ways to rid your indoor and outdoor spaces of mosquitoes? Here are our best posts on how to keep those little buggers away. Natural Remedy: 5 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes How To Make Your Own DIY Mosquito Repellent Device Make Your Own Citronella Candles That Really Work 5 Tips For a Mosquito-Free Summer How To Make A Wine Bottle Tiki Torch for Under $4.
Mar 11, 2020
Small Outdoor Kitchens
Small outdoor kitchens are as practical as they are fun. Cooking outdoors during the warm months of the year means we prevent heating up our homes and are smart about how we use energy. For this reason, many warm climate cultures use outdoor kitchens as their main cooking space. It’s also a whole lot of fun and doesn’t require a big budget or a ton of space to set one up.In addition, some of these inspirational outdoor kitchens have great eco-friendly features.
Mar 11, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Making Any Rental More Energy Efficient
Think that because you don’t own, you have no control over your home’s energy use? Not true! Here’s our ultimate guide; full of links to quick, easy and yes, even inexpensive, ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your bills (your landlord will thank you!). Most of these changes are likely to pay for themselves in energy savings over the duration of your rental.
Mar 11, 2020
Before &amp After: A Mid-C Modern Bathroom
Designer Gina De Pasquale renovated this Las Vegas residence that needed a little updating throughout. Her work is most impressive in the bathroom where she did a great a job of mixing high and low pieces, all while staying true to the mid-century aesthetic.
Mar 11, 2020
Homemade Home: Great DIY Projects for Bedrooms from Our Tours
Searching for some new solutions for your bedroom? Take a look at these projects from our house tours. Ideas include DIY artwork, making a pallet bed and building your own closet and nightstand.1. Hang old window panes 2. Make a pallet bed 3. Create your own collages and frame them4. Build your own closet5. Hang wall planters6. Put jewelry on display7. Use pegboard behind your bed to add texture 8. Turn an old mantel into a headboard9.
Mar 11, 2020
Furniture Makeovers: Before & After Transformations
2011 was packed with wonderful before and after projects! Readers and editors both shared some amazing furniture re-do’s. From the old made modern to the broken turned fixed, here are just a few of the incredible before and after furniture posts of the year.
Mar 11, 2020
The 10 Most Dramatic Before & After Projects
Thinking about the new year might be the time for home improvement resolutions, or at least some serious list-making. From a formerly dingy little caravan, to kitchens, gardens, dining rooms and a few entire homes, we have run the entire gamut of before and after projects this year. The following selections represent the most dramatic and inspiring of 2011 to help ring in any 2012 renovation plans.
Mar 11, 2020
Bathroom Before & After Projects
We’ve had a great year of bathroom before and afters. From the controversial orange bathroom redux to the double renovation of a studio apartment bathroom, we’ve seen a lot and found inspiration even if we didn’t agree with every single choice someone made. I don’t think I would have had so much courage to tackle my own projects this year without Re-Nest and Apartment Therapy, so hopefully these will embolden someone else to do the same.
Mar 11, 2020
10 (Non-Renovation) Renovation Ideas For Renters
If you’re a renter, then you’re probably thinking about taking a mental checkout from our October theme (Green Building and Renovating). I can’t renovate. I can’t even paint! you think. Don’t worry, my friend. We have solutions for you, too! We call it the non-renovation renovation— temporary yet effective ways to dramatically change your home without sacrificing your security deposit.
Mar 11, 2020
Making the Switch To Glass Food Storage Containers
Back in March, I took the No New Plastic for a Month Challenge, and it inspired me to replace all of my plastic food storage containers with glass, and I haven’t looked back. Below the jump, you’ll find out how I transformed my refrigerator.First, I did some research to find the everyday glass food storage containers I now needed. I opted for Duralex Lys Square Bowls because they are stackable, made of tempered glass, and square in shape.
Mar 11, 2020
Tips for the Slow Home: Creating Functional Spaces
Making your home, or even one room, function for the purpose you’ve identified isn’t about spending tons of money to overhaul your space; it’s more about being thoughtful about how you envision your space to function. Yes, you might need to purchase a sleeper sofa if you want your office to double as a guest room, but generally you can work with what you have.
Mar 11, 2020
The 25 Best Small Space Living Tips and Inspiration
We love small spaces. We love them for their lower energy and heating bills and because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff. But most of all, we love them because there seems to be no end to what you can do with them given some creative planning! Here are 25 of the top small space living posts we wrote this year.
Mar 11, 2020
The Big List: 49 Smart, Money-Saving Creative Reuse Ideas
We get excited about stylish, functional, and innovative creative reuse ideas, from the myriad ways you can reuse a jar, to uses for chipped tea cups, antique bread bins, vintage card catalogs, bubble wrap, wallpaper scraps, even old gym floorboards. Here’s a big roundup of some of our favorites… The Many Amazing Ways to Reuse a Jar: • 10 Simple Uses for Spaghetti Jars • Crafty Uses for Baby Food Jars • Don’t Throw Out That Jar!
Mar 11, 2020
Families in Small Spaces: How To Do It And Not Go Crazy
It’s one thing to pare down your belongings and live simply and compactly in a small space of your choosing if you’re just one or two people; it’s quite another thing when you have a family to contend with. As one reader asked us, “How do you simplify? How do you figure out what you need? How do you get a spouse/child on board to simplify? How do you make a small space that has to have stuff in it feel open and inviting?
Mar 11, 2020
This 172-Square-Foot “Shoebox” Micro Apartment Makes Small Space Living Feel Spacious
The key is smart storage solutions and bright colors.
Mar 7, 2020
Best Product: Squeegee, Not Shower Spray
We just don’t feel comfortable spraying mysterious combinations of chemicals just to keep our shower clean. And, if you think about it, buying something that’s mostly water and which is intended to go directly down the drain just doesn’t make sense. Instead, we’ve adopted a slightly more labor-intensive technology that seems to work just as well: squeegee! Plus, it’s a lot more fun to say.
Mar 4, 2020
This 182-Square-Foot Sustainable Tiny House Is Shaped Like a Leaf
This is next-level sustainable living.
Mar 2, 2020
This Soap Dispenser Is Made of Sustainable Packaging (Yes, It’s Also Soap)
It can be used to store liquid soaps, too.
Feb 28, 2020
Cozy & Cool: 10 Summer Quilts
image:145e70a740919c9062effe503037d3d3a50b3332 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I’m one of those people who always needs to sleep with a blanket. While my husband and I cherish our down comforter for cold nights, he’s more than happy to throw it all off during warmer months. Our happy medium is the summer quilt: just enough weight to keep me comfortable, yet light enough to keep him from breaking out in a sweat.
Feb 27, 2020
How To Clean a Coir Doormat
Coir (coconut fiber), makes for a great eco-friendly doormat: it’s durable, made from natural materials, and can fit just about anyone’s home decor. They can also last for years if they’re taken care of properly, and it’s about this time of year that they need the most help. All it takes is a little water and a broom to keep the doormats cleans — check out This Old House’s maintenance tips, after the jump.
Feb 27, 2020
Reuse & Recycle: 10 DIY Pendant Lights
image:219c23bd3f85382cd7afde339f549b83a530f559 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" These budget friendly pendants were created from things you just might have laying around your home: terra cotta pots, cardboard, wire baskets, hanging planters, pretty paper. You can find the tutorials below. I’m adding a couple of them to my fall to–do list.TOP ROW:1. Globe Pendant Light, DIY from Apartment Therapy2.
Feb 27, 2020
Add a Little Green: Plants in the Bathroom
image:2987d4fc0edfccdf2f942aed373490e5c7c91323 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I dream of a day when I can fill my bathroom with plants. Mine is currently windowless and lacks any natural sunlight, so for now admiring other people’s sunny bathrooms will have to do. Here are some I am currently coveting, and here is a list of the best plants for the bathroom if you want to buy some of your own.TOP ROW:1. Apartment Therapy2.
Feb 27, 2020
This Company Wants to Replace Your Garbage Disposal with a Smart Composter
Composting at home is about to get a lot easier (and a lot less stinkier).
Feb 27, 2020
This Off-Grid Hawaii Homestead Is a Handmade Slice of Paradise
Zen and Arina escaped the rat race by building themselves a sustainable and off-the-grid homestead in the Hawaiian tropical jungle.
Feb 27, 2020
This Prefab House is Completely Self-Powered
The homes start at just 430 square feet.
Feb 23, 2020
10 Ways to Save Energy in the Laundry Room
Washing and drying clothes uses a lot of energy and water in a typical house. Here are 10 ways you can reduce your consumption of water and energy while doing laundry.Move the dryer closer to an outside wall The farther exhaust air has to travel from your dryer to get outside, the more energy your dryer will use on every cycle. If you can, move the dryer as close to its exhaust port as possible. Can you reduce the number of elbow bends in the exhaust pipe?
Feb 12, 2020
How To: Start a No-Dig Garden … Step by Step
A few weeks ago we blogged an article in the LA Times about No-Dig Gardens. They require less water than traditional gardens and they’re an easy way to start a raised bed. You can even start one right over a patch of grass you want to get rid of. Another easy gardening option is bringing the garden inside with grass you can grow indoors. Our friend and coworker, Hulda Nelson, tipped us off to the article.
Feb 6, 2020
A Woman Knitted a “Temperature Scarf” to Reflect January’s Fluctuating Weather—and It’s Going Viral on Twitter
One woman took to her knitting needles to reflect the daily fluctuating temperatures in January.
Feb 6, 2020
Quick Tip #41: How to Clean & Polish Stainless Steel
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Use OLIVE OIL! Before buff and polish, take a few minutes and clean your sinks, fixtures or furniture with whatever dish soap you have laying around.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Clean Hardwood Floors with Black Tea
It’s warm and soothing for your body, but did you know you can also use black tea to clean your hardwood floors? Tannins in the tea add a light, warm “stain” and help to bring out the wood’s natural warm tones. In addition to it’s beautifying qualities, black tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant contain polyphenolic compounds that prevent microbial growth.
Feb 3, 2020
Behold, I Found the Best Alternative to Those Single-Use Makeup Remover Pads
And they're less than $15 for a pack of 20!
Feb 3, 2020
This Solar Panel-Like Device Can Collect and Filter Drinking Water from the Air
The average setup can replace one-to-two 12-packs of water bottles per day.
Feb 2, 2020
These Sustainable Candle Jars Become Plant Pots for the Seed-Infused Paper Lids—Just Add Dirt
While most candle jars end up in a landfill, you'll want to keep these around.
Jan 30, 2020
Airbnb Wants to Send You on a 2-Month Sabbatical to the Bahamas
Five candidates will be chosen for the preservation trip of a lifetime.
Jan 28, 2020
You’d Never Guess This Spa-Like Showerhead Saves Nearly Half the Water of a Normal One
It’s the showerhead of the future, and it’s going to save water and money.
Jan 27, 2020
The Best Portable Space Heaters
Here’s another way to save energy this winter: try using a portable space heater to heat just the room you’re in, and turn down the thermostat in the other rooms of your house. The New York Times recently tested 10 portable space heaters. Here are the Top 5:Shown above the jump, from left to right:Holmes Ultra Quiet Ceramic Heater ($82.99): At 15-inches high, this model from Holmes produced the hottest air and took only about 20 minutes to warm up the room by 10 degrees.
Jan 26, 2020
IKEA’s New European Store Will Ditch Parking for Trees
160 trees, to be exact.
Jan 21, 2020
Ireland Plans to Plant 440 Million Trees By 2040 to Fight Climate Change
That's 8,000 hectares or 19,768 acres.
Jan 18, 2020