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Plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and while it has many benefits, it also has a dark side. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our planet, and if we don't take steps to address it, the consequences could be disastrous. This article will explore the ways plastic contaminates the earth and what we can do about it.



Recycling plays a vital role in reducing energy consumption, decreasing waste, and lowering environmental pollution. The process of recycling benefits the environment by lowering the need for procuring raw materials and facilitating the use of renewable materials. 

Might not be trendy to talk about anymore, but let's face it: our homes remain cluttered materials that can be recycled, including papers, plastic, glass, and tin. Read on as we share tips on how to recycle the clutter in your home and practice a zero-waste policy. 

There is something so satisfying about creating an individual item from something that has been thrown away.  All it takes is a bit of imagination. Take your standard lampshade: remove the material and you are left with a structural joy that can be transformed into a myriad of items that you would pay good money for if you bought new. We have been looking at some of the ideas out there and curated the best 10. Come and take a look and see if you agree.


If you enjoy venturing into the outdoors and being surrounded by nature, then decorating your home to look like a cozy cabin is just what you need. With this aesthetic, simply repurposing items that you find outdoors pulls in the natural cozy cabin feel. Even if you live in the city, bring a little nature indoors can hemp relieve stress and build a homey atmosphere.

How To Decorate Your Home To Look Like a Cozy Cabin

Whether you have a small outdoor space or no outdoor space at all, its still possible to be a gardener of some sort and include a little nature in your surroundings. It just requires some creativity, flexibility, and planning.  

Does your kitchen look like a blast from the past? These are the best ways to rejuvenate your tired kitchen and give the most-used room in your house the makeover it deserves. 

I genuinely like to find new ways to make my home renovations less messy and more eco-friendly. And with spring finally appearing in the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d brighten everyone’s day with a fun list of easy home renovation projects that reduce waste. 

Easy Home Renovation Projects That Reduce Waste

As our world becomes increasingly digitized, the amount of electronic waste (E-waste) produced continues to grow at an alarming rate. In 2016, global E-waste production reached 44.7 million metric tons, and it is estimated that this number will exceed 52 million metric tons by 2023. This rapid growth in E-waste presents a serious environmental challenge, as most electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and arsenic that can contaminate soil and water supplies if not disposed of properly.

Do you ever spend hours marathoning HGTV and then want to change everything about your home? I can tell you, you’re not alone! But instead of spending money on home renovations, opt for these home remodeling projects you can DIY to save money (and reduce waste) instead.

4 Home Remodeling Projects You Can DIY To Save Money

I’ve never seen a porch that didn’t have serious cozy potential. So if you’re a people watcher or connoisseur of all things relaxing, a homey porch may just be your new refuge. This guide to cozying up your porch will help you design a porch sanctuary.

The Ultimate Guide To Cozying Up Your Porch

Growing your own produce is more sustainable and often healthier than buying produce in a grocery store. While gardening is great, the seasons and climate you live in may limit what you can grow outside. Greenhouses let you bypass those limitations and safely grow the produce you want. Keep reading to learn some tips for building your own greenhouse so you can make this healthy, eco-friendly change to your home. 

Top Tips for Building Your Own Greenhouse

As the weather gets warmer, many people want to spruce up their homes to welcome the seasonal shift to spring. Redecorating can be wasteful if you get rid of perfectly good items because of a new season. However, there are ways to avoid this and refresh your space while being environmentally conscious. Keep reading as I share some great eco-friendly decorating tips to spruce up your home this spring.

Decorating Tips To Spruce Up Your Home This Spring

Finding new ways to transform old furniture is one of my favorite ways to upcycle. There’s nothing better than breathing new life into things you might otherwise throw away. If you find yourself with an old bookcase and no idea what to do with it, don’t toss it out! Instead, reduce your waste and explore different ways you can repurpose bookshelves.

Different Ways You Can Repurpose Bookshelves

Upcycling furniture can be a great way to make extra income and update your own pieces. While you don’t have to be a construction or design expert to engage in this activity, you still need to be cautious. Many have wasted money trying to upcycle furniture because they made some common mistakes. With research and careful planning, you can avoid these 6 common mistakes when upcycling furniture.


As the seasons are on the verge of changing, many of us are starting to plan our spring-cleaning regimen. And since we’re straightening up our homes anyway, many of us are using it as an excuse to do a little home renovating.

Tips and Tricks for an Eco-Friendly Home Renovation

I grew up in an ex British colony (South Africa) so I grew up drinking tea... hot, with milk and sugar. My country is also known for Rooibos (red tea) that apparently grows only there! So tea has been a part of my daily life forever and now that I have to be entirely caffeine free (triggers migraines), I depend even more on tea.

However, I’ve come to realize just how much waste tea can produce. From the plastic cups at cafes to the not-quite-compostable tea bags building up, it’s more than I expected. With that said, here are my tips to help you make your tea drinking more sustainable.

4 Tips To Help You Make Your Tea Drinking More Sustainable

The most sustainable way to shop for clothes is to buy gently used. But... getting the most out of a trip to the thrift store takes a special formula with a few key ingredients. Here are four ways to prepare for thrift shopping success.

4 Ways To Prepare for Thrift Shopping Success

As we spend more time at home, many of us are looking for sustainable ways to add character to our homes. One way to accomplish this is by using salvaged lumber. Used wood has a unique character and a lot of charm—perfect for a adding warmth.

Ready to take on an eco-friendly improvement project but don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas on how to use reclaimed barn wood in your home.


How To Use Reclaimed Barn Wood in Your Home

The global demand for rugs has created some un-environmentally friendly production methods, just like fast fashion. Also, if you're particular about the pattern and color, it can be hard to find the perfect area rug (and expensive). So once you find one that's just right, you want to ensure that it survives for decades! Here are a few simple tips to make that happen.

Corporate social responsibility is a way to run a business that focuses on helping the world instead of hurting it. It is also the responsibility a company has for the people, community, and environment where it is located.