Easy Home DIY Project: Green Landscape in a Bottle Idea

Easy Home DIY Project: Green Landscape in a Bottle Idea

diy green recycled bottle idea

Not all nifty home projects need to be expensive or complex. Sometimes there are simple, cheap and fun do-it-yourself ideas that are as lovely as they are low-tech – like this easy trick for making wine bottles into miniature winter moss gardens. The best part is that you get to have some greenery while doing something eco-friendly, a win-win situation for you, your environment and the planet at large.

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DIY Seed Bottle Idea: Plant an Instant Indoor Herb Garden

DIY Seed Bottle Idea: Plant an Instant Indoor Herb Garden

instant indoor herb gardening

Despite the best of intentions, more than three out of four plastic bottles are trashed and sent to landfills each year rather than being recycled or upcycled. What if there was an easy to to turn your bottles into something new and useful rather than sending them through the dubious and energy-consuming recycling process?

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Easy Drink: 45-Degree Plastic Bottle Cranes Neck for Refills

Easy Drink: 45-Degree Plastic Bottle Cranes Neck for Refills

Some sinks and water fountains just are not shaped right for refilling portable receptacles, making it hart to fill at all in some cases and, in others, impossible to top things off to go.

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State-Side Secret: Ingenious European Tilt & Turn Windows

State-Side Secret: Ingenious European Tilt & Turn Windows

For some readers, these are a fact of everyday life – for others, well, it is frankly surprising how many Americans have never heard of nor seen this simply ingenious style of window that this author lived and worked with while growing up partly in Germany (their point of invention within Europe).

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7 Oriental-Inspired Rugs Remix Real Google Earth Images

7 Oriental-Inspired Rugs Remix Real Google Earth Images

Oriental rugs are all about detail – but not in itself; rather, details are the basis for repetitive patterns that form whole impressions. One creator remixes this small-but-large tradition with modern Google Earth imagery.

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Tropical Luxury + Green Living = Lofted Seaside Solar Home

Tropical Luxury + Green Living = Lofted Seaside Solar Home

It is a stroke of pure genius – and will keep its residence from having heat stroke as well. Lofted living and bedroom spaces, swooping architectural swimming pool and roofline curves – everything about this place speaks to casual, resort-like luxury … which makes the semi-secret sustainable wind, solar and green-roof strategies built into the project by Guz Architects in Singapore all the more impressive.

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Help in a Hurry: Disaster-Relief Container Homes for Japan

Help in a Hurry: Disaster-Relief Container Homes for Japan

Abstract designs and architectural theory are well and good, but when the stuff hits the fan (or tsunami hits the land, as it were) these notions are put to the test in a very rapid and real way. The result shows who is ready to roll out workable housing solutions to address catastrophes as they unfold.

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