the ReFab Diaries

The kitchen is one of the largest consumers of water and energy in a home. As such, there are plenty of opportunities to decrease your carbon footprint with the right remodels. To ensure that the heart of your home is as energy-efficient as possible, here are some eco-friendly kitchen upgrades to try out.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades To Try Out

Energy-efficient homes are built to conserve energy in a number of ways. They have features to reduce the amount of energy you use, prevent energy waste and heat transfer, and prioritize clean energy use. 


Any seamstress can tell you that cloth is one of the most forgivable materials. Even the most basic dress or blouse can be reimagined into something different or more elegant. Or if you prefer, old clothes and worn-out garments can be dismantled and made into entirely new outfits and accessories.

The Different Types of Decorative Stitches

When you have holey old clothing too damaged to donate to a thrift store, it may seem like the only available option is to throw it in the trash. In fact, the average American throws away 80lbs of clothing a year! Rather than sending damaged textiles to a landfill, here's a list of ideas for what to do with clothes that cannot be donated.

This year (2021), Earth Day is April 22. Here's my Earth Day question to you: how much do you know about the power of upcycled foods to reduce the serious problem of climate-harming food waste? 


 

I used to have a lot of fun on this blog offering up new ways to use the weird things we have lying around. I haven't done that in a while so here's one for you! Electrical tape. Like painters tape and packing tape, it's possible you have it lying around.  

 

Snowed in with kids? Wondering what to do with the gloves they've outgrown? Here's a cute, simple craft that will kill a little time, and encourage some basic sewing skills too! Read on to find out how to upcycle old gloves into a cute new friend.



Before the madness of the pandemic had kicked in then, it was a common occurrence for families to
donate old and unused clothing (and other items) to charity shops. Now, though, with the prospect
of potentially transmitting the virus on surfaces there has been a hit to the number of donations
being made.
 

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