Most of the projects we do around here are “green”. We love to recycle, upcycle, repurpose…whatever you want to call it. We generally try to use what we already have and consider what the impact of buying new may have on the earth. Not only is recycling earth-friendly but it is practical on the wallet in most cases too. It is incredible to think of what we’ve repuposed in our home for a look that is uniquely ours.
Here are a few of my favorite earth friendly choices that we’ve made…
In our kitchen, we have a recycled pallet wood backsplash that has been going strong since day one. We still love it.
Recently we wallpapered our dining nook with old blueprints. Love!
Our headboard is made from a recycled old interior door.
Once we rescued this old chair from the curb and gutted and upholstered it, it was good as new. We couldn’t part with it!
We’ve started working outside in the vegetable and perennial gardens. We’ve began composting all of our kitchen scraps and seeding veggies for a summer harvest.
We’re also working on cutting back on unnecessary garbage wherever possible. We recently switched solely to fabric napkins. They’re no longer just for fancy occasions!
Habitat for Humanity’s Restore recently launched a new blog with all sorts of DIY tips and ideas on this very topic. I contributed this post regarding repurposing a small window.
Did you know that most counties have a Habitat Restore that will take your donations? If you are renovating, do the responsible thing and donate your old cabinets, doors, hardware and fixtures plus furniture and other household items. It’s better than these items ending up in a landfill. Find the Restore near you!
How are you making an impact in your home, garden and community this Earth Day…and everyday?
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I’ve been thinking about moving to fabric napkins. I hate the excess that we use in papertowels and napkins. You have some great projects Dana.