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Interesting stories from all across the world of upcycling, recycling, and reusing! Check back each week for news, interviews, giveaways, links to interesting sites, and more.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Hands-on Review: Eco-friendly Hanging Basket

My seed catalogs came last week so it is officially time to start thinking about spring and spring gardening. My first spring product review is the Plantopia hanging basket.The basket is black and made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic. You know I like that! The Plantopia hanging basket takes the traditional hanging basket design and makes it better. In a typical hanging basket, you put your plantings in the top and hope the plants will trail off of the side. In this design, there are eight …

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
How To: Make An Upcycled Crochet Rug

Welcome Morgan of King Soleil! Enjoy her free step-by-step tutorial for making an Upcycled Crochet Rug. Thank you Morgan! Step-by-Step Upcycled Crochet Rug Tutorial There is something so completely satisfying when you are able to create a piece for your home that is functional, cozy, and perfectly your style. All the more rewarding when you are eco-friendly, making the world a greener place, and adding that handmade flair to your everyday. I am thrilled to be a guest blogger at Upcycle Magazine, a site utterly devoted …

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Upcycled Lighting

Welcome guest author Elizabeth Smyth of Precision Paragon. Thank you Elizabeth! Shining a New Light on Old Things – Upcycled Lighting Fixtures After a holiday filled with too many cookies, a flourishing display of crisply wrapped boxes tied with ribbons and bows and twenty four hour light spectacles showing in the front yard, the new year is a welcomed time to detox from our wasteful, albeit festive, ways. In the spirit of the New Year and our intentions to do better, the trend of upcycling has been bestowed upon …

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Monday, November 28, 2011
Upcycled Gift Guide 2011

Enjoy our list of some of our favorite upcycled gifts. Adorable handmade slippers for children and adults made from upcycled wool. We wrote about Wooly Baby here. Beautiful and elegant upcycled jewelry from Love Honor Upcycle. Read all about it here. Upcycled T-shirt dresses from our friends at Brava Boutique. Check out the story behind the dresses and link to their Etsy store is here. Upcycled key jewelry. A truly unique gift from the Key of A. Read about it here. Trash to treasure …

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Friday, November 25, 2011
Hands-on Review: Sustainable Sandals

How much good can one pair of shoes do? Well, a lot more than you would think. These durable sandals are good news times two. Each pair of Chipkos are 100% vegan and non toxic. The footbed is made from sustainable raffia and the soles are made from recycled rubber. So, they are manufactured in a way that is very environmentally friendly. That is not where the good news ends. For every purchase, Chipkos will adopt 100 square feet of rain forest for the protection and preservation of …