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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as we are, we're torn

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Pretty DIY planters that let your botanicals bloom in small spaces

Pretty DIY planters that let your botanicals bloom in small spaces

Now that spring has officially sprung, colorful blooms and vibrant greens are popping up everywhere! Just because you don’t have the space, doesn’t mean you should miss out on the all the excitement.

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Smart ways to get a second use out of your spent coffee grounds

Smart ways to get a second use out of your spent coffee grounds

Over 50% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee every single day. That is a lot of coffee grounds. For most enthusiastic coffee drinkers, though that aromatic ambrosia is what gets them out

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HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

[gallery_extended] To make this all-in-one wind turbine power bank you need to get an old CPU fan, an old phone battery (or a 18650 cell), a small switch and a bike support element. Also get

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How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

MATERIALS: - a large box (a clean shoebox works great, especially if it's colorful and eye-catching) - plastic wrap - a piece of paper STEP 1: Line the bottom of the box with plastic wrap to

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IKEA is launching a line of official hacking kits

IKEA is launching a line of official hacking kits

Ikea hacks are really popular—in the past we've looked at how the modular furniture can be hacked to suit tiny apartments, one of our own editors has come up with some hacks of her own, and specialty

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Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a forest near you

VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a forest near you

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing vitamin C and

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

Do you remember eating Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot as a kid? They were some of the most coveted lunch snacks, but they were also packed with sugar and other artificial ingredients. In fact,

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Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

The Floripa cabin is located on the north of the island, overlooking rough but crystal clear waters and a fine white sand beach. Jaime settled in the island 30 years ago, where he decided to base his

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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5 Handy Green Gardening Tools Made from Recycled Materials

5 Handy Green Gardening Tools Made from Recycled Materials

Digging into gardening is a great way to live a greener lifestyle. Growing your own organic produce, planting a bee-friendly lawn, and setting aside an area of your garden specifically for wildlife can

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Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

You've heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making

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HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

STEP 1: Prep your bottle Use a sharp utility knife to cut off the base of the bottle about 1 inch above the bottom, and then wash and try the bottle thoroughly. STEP 2: Tape edges and

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

Image © handknitted4you Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society's love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has created so much

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Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well as available in

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DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

What You'll Need: Sketch pad or blank paper Pencil Base structure (empty plastic drink bottles work well, as do aluminum cans) Cutting implements (scissors for plastic, metal shears for

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

VINTAGE TEACUP CANDLES You've probably seen fancy candles like these selling for exorbitant prices, but you can make your own for just a few bucks. Just use teacups you already own or pick up a few at

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RECIPE: Vegan steamed pak choi parcels with rice and veggies

RECIPE: Vegan steamed pak choi parcels with rice and veggies

Looking for something a little lighter for dinner tonight? These pok choi (aka bok choi aka chinese cabbage) parcels are just the thing. Utterly delicious and healthy, these are also tons of fun to make.

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Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

Amazing Life-Sized Lego Furnishings that You Can Really Live With

Lego DJ Table If you think this Lego DJ table is cool, you might want to try making one yourself. DIY instructions for the table were created (in German) by Kai Muller of Spy Style. Lego Grandfather

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

Many people bemoan the fact that they can't grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small

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DIY lawn couch for sweet summer lounging

DIY lawn couch for sweet summer lounging

How much oxygen did your furniture produce today? Wouldn't you rather be sitting outside in the back yard, than indoors on your couch? Now you too can have the best of both worlds, and sculpt lawn

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DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you're a fan of DIY projects, you might consider saving those cans and

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