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t-shirt shag rug tutorial

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in blue, buying local, Chicago, christmas, concious consumption, craft, design, diy, eco friendly, generation t, gifts, recycled, room decor, rug, shag rug, tshirts, tutorial, upcycled, waste-free | 144 comments

  Here it is, finally! My shag rug is complete. I love how it feels under my feet, and if it starts to look a little flat, I pick it up, shake it, and it fluffs right back up!  It took some time but I finished it and I’m glad I decided to make one. You can too, especially if you like to cut up t-shirts but never know what to do with the scraps afterwards. The scraps from my scarves are perfect candidates for making a rug. And this craft is very easy, even children can learn...

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W is for Water Around the World

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in eco-living, grateful, statistics, UN, waste-free, water | 2 comments

Just decided to check out some of the UN’s statistics about water. After reading Summer’s Blog at “and this time, concentrate!” about drinking a lot of water for detox, I though it would be interesting to take a different perspective about water around the world. Here’s what I found out by visiting UN Water: 1. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater.2. However, less than 1% of this supply of freshwater is useable for ecosystems and humans. 3. About...

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Swiffers vs. The Dust Bowl

Posted by on Mar 12, 2010 in bagged lunch, craftzine, crochet, disposable culture, eco friendly design, eco-living, efficiency, environmental crisis, Swiffers, thrifty, waste-free | 2 comments

My mother gave me a Swiffer to clean my apartment with. However, I have never had the heart nor the money to purchase those silly Swiffer refills. Swiffers are great little tools, except for the icky disposable cleaning pad idea. As if we did not have enough paper towels, tissues, disposable diapers, and on and on and on going into our landfills. Now we can’t even use a good old rag anymore, for fear of a few specks of dust. As my friend pointed out yesterday, dust is simply composed of...

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Grandma’s Sock Monkey

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in DIY clothing, eco friendly design, eco-living, Grandma, ragsbysockmonkey, reuse, sock monkey, thrifty, waste-free | 0 comments

Going waste-free. Sounds very new-agey. Not so when I think about my grandparent’s farm. Old milk carton= container for food scraps to be compostedOld sock= rag used for cleaning greasy car partsCarrot tops= yummy soup garnishChicken feet= soup broth Yes, some of these things kind of make you squirm, but nothing went to waste during the Depression. Everything had a purpose. While thinking about why I made my business and blog, I realized that I wasn’t sure what the purpose of it all...

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