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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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Friday, July 22, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up July 22, 2011

The Sustainable Living Roadshow is on tour! Their live events focus on educating, inspiring and empowering people with everyday solutions for a healthier planet and lifestyle. It looks like fun too! Learn more about it by clicking here. Look at this fun project from Wonderstrange. Make funky magnets from upcycled can lids. Christopher Raeburn’s upcycled clothing is an inspiration to us. He makes such fashionable pieces from upcycled fabrics.

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Friday, July 15, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up July 15, 2011

Check out these cool upcycled wallets made by the eco-friendly and socially minded Holstee. Go read what Karen Lee has to say about Finding Green Craft Inspirations. Even the best Upcyclers might need a break every once in awhile. Wonder what textile is the greenest when selecting your clothing. See what “Dear Ruth” has to say over at The Ecologist.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled Furniture

Meet artist and furniture maker Matt Johnson. We are very excited about Matt’s work. His upcycled furniture and accessories are different from many of the upcycled pieces we have seen. They are true pieces of art and style while still being created with things like carburetors, pistons and fire extinguishers. Matt grew up an upcycled life. His childhood home was an 1850′s textile mill that his parents turned into a self sustaining live/work house that ran on water power. It was complete with animals and vegetable gardens. Matt …

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Friday, July 8, 2011
Weekend Link Round-Up July 8, 2011

Turn your empty chip bags into a chip bowl with this step-by-step tutorial from our friends at Terracycle. Check out this book by Lisa Occhipinti: The Repurposed Library. It features 33 projects for reusing old books.Cool idea Lisa! Look at these upcycled Mason jars. The Etsy shop Treasure Again turns them into upcycled solar lights. So pretty!

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hands-On Review: Liberty Bottleworks

For the past several weeks, my family has been using water bottles from Liberty Bottleworks. From the minute I took the bottles out of the box, I was excited about them. They just look cool. Perhaps because the unique graphics are designed by actual artists from all around the United States. They go way beyond just looking cool though. They are made from recycled aluminum with BPA free materials. The bottles exceed FDA requirements. They are non-toxic and non-leaching. The deep drawn aluminum construction results in less dents …