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Whether you just bought a used couch from a thrift store or you have an old one that you don’t want to get rid of, slipcovers are an excellent option for making an old couch look like new. However, not all slipcovers look great the second you put them on - sometimes you have to work them a bit. That’s why I’ve put together a short guide on how to make slipcovers more presentable.

How To Make Slipcovers Look More Presentable

Bohemian style is a great d├ęcor choice if you love vibrant patterns, natural textures and textiles, floral and botanical motifs, tons of plants, and repurposing finds from thrift stores. While I can appreciate the simplicity of minimalism, I enjoy the eclectic vibe that Boho offers. It’s a simple decorating strategy; almost anything goes.

4 Ideas for Decorating Your Home in Bohemian Style

In this age of sustainability and keeping natural resources and a clean environment in mind, is it possible to redecorate without hurting Mother Earth? The answer is a resounding yes.
 

How to Redecorate Your Home the Green Way


There’s nothing better than a good garage or yard sale. On top of saving money and helping to keep things out of the landfill, you never know what you might you find! That mint condition tennis racket you’ve always wanted (much cheaper than buying it new!), or maybe the perfect lamp for your living room.

Valuables To Look For at Garage and Yard Sales

There are a couple of items in my closet that have traveled with me between 16 states and countless moves, from South Africa to the UK to Colombia to the US. I’m not inclined to throw out these sentimental items, but you know me - I'm also loathe to just let them sit in the back of my closet.

How To Turn Casual Clothes Into Stylish Outfits

 

When we talk about brightening up a room, we're usually talking color. Let's "brighten things up" with a fun coat of paint, colorful pillows or art. What I've been thinking about, however, is actual light versus dark. If you aren't lucky enough to live in a home with huge windows and wide-open views, how can you lighten things up? 

 Fishing can be as expensive as you want it to be. If you love gadgets, you can drop a ton of money at the sporting goods store. If you’re a minimalist, you’ll probably have the same luck with a basic hand-me-down pole. So there are plenty of ways to customize and upcycle your equipment. The best DIY projects for fishing enthusiasts are the ones that make your outings memorable.

Best DIY Projects for Fishing Enthusiasts

If your home needs a refresh (or even a serious upgrade) but you don’t have the money for renovations, you can make significant improvements without a complete overhaul. Tackling minor updates before a considerable renovation can help you decide what direction you want to take a larger project. Or it might just allow you to skip it altogether.

6 Fun Ways to Update Your Home in a Weekend

As pandemic restrictions are eased, I look forward to celebrating again with my friends and family. Traditionally, however, parties are occasions for waste, producing a big pile of trash to dispose of. But there are cleaner and environmentally safer ways to celebrate. Here are a few tips on how to throw an eco-friendly party.

 

 

How to Throw an Eco-Friendly Party

Gardening is possibly the best way to interact with nature and the growing process while providing yourself with healthy fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more. If you have a patch of land to grow on (or even if you don’t), there are so many ways to plant and cultivate your own little slice of paradise without creating waste or interfering with the local flora and fauna.

 

Here are a few tips on eco-friendly gardening to help you get started:

 

The state of the fashion industry can discourage those who want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel guilty every time you go to get dressed. It just means using a little more strategy when we pick out our clothes. That’s why I’ve collected my favorite tips for creating a sustainable wardrobe.

Tips for Creating a Sustainable Wardrobe

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. 


Guest post: Shannon Bergstrom

The more we know about a product, the better we can assess if it falls in line with our eco-efforts—its production method, what it is made of, the company’s values, etc. And one tool that can help with our evaluation process, as well as assist in assessing our everyday habits, is the zero waste hierarchy.




At the beginning of 2016, I committed to trimming my waste. After years of using this blog to gently reinforce the message that mindless consumerism is a problem, I decided to take off the gloves and declared my intention for the year: to trim my waste. Because we are literally consuming ourselves. And we need to wake up.


THIS IS MY 2020 UPDATE!


EDIT 3/6: Winner: Christy P D




If, like me, you're dragging through the final frozen weeks of winter, then this post is a treat for you! A well-timed chance to win some sustainably-made, minimally packaged, totally beautiful beauty products. Ready to spring clean yourself?

Meet the world's first slipper that's helping to fight plastic pollution


Fab folk - I'm thrilled to introduce you to Sam Wright and his brainchild, Clearwaters! Clearwaters is a new, environmentally friendly footwear brand designed and developed in the United Kingdom. The brand's first product offering is a minimalist, high-quality slipper made from recycled plastic bottles. For each pair sold, they have committed 2% of the sale price to their partner Plastic Oceans – whether they're profitable or not!

How to Have an Environmentally Friendly Holiday

When you're thinking about booking a vacation for you and your family, it can often feel like you need to put all attempts at a sustainable, or eco-friendly, lifestyle on hold. Not so! While you may not be able to duplicate your at-home habits (composting!) there are definitely ways to continue to act sustainably, repurpose and upcycle while travelling. Here are a few ways to ensure that you're able to enjoy a vacation while still choosing to protect the environment and reduce your waste.

Wooden watches unique spring accessory

WIN A $100 GIFT CARD FROM JORD WOODEN WATCHES


If you follow this blog then you know my values, especially when it comes to manufactured "stuff". So when the lovely folk at JORD watches (pronounced -yoad) suggested partnering with me for a giveaway, I asked a LOT of questions before I said yes. JORD creates unique, sustainable, luxury wooden watches. Just how sustainable are they? Read on friends and prepare to be impressed.


sustainable dog treats
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

If you're a dog owner and also trying to find ways to reduce packaging and plastic waste, this post is for you! As Nat Smith (from Rover) points out, do-it-yourself treats and toys are not only a great way to cut down on packaging: sustainable pet care can also save your money and improve the quality of your pet’s life. What could be better? Here are five ideas from Nat:

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