There’s nothing better the satisfaction of the finished product that you made with your own hands. Making something yourself is an easy way to save yourself money, and really make the project unique to your own liking. On top of making a project you like, you can reduce, reuse and recycle to keep it environmentally friendly. Here are a few ways to incorporate sustainability in your DIY projects and decorations for your house.
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Build Your Own Compost Bin
For a quick compost 101 in case you’re new to this style of recycling, compost is a natural way to breakdown matter into soil and fertilizer. There are many types of bins, from recycled ones to the kind you build yourself. You can reuse wooden pallets and turn them into your compost bin. Going green with a compost pile is a great project that lasts a lifetime. While it takes about four to nine months for the material to decompose, you can continue putting used items in a compost pile forever.
Turn Wine Bottles into Tiki Torches
Instead of throwing empty wine bottles in the trash, remake it into a tiki torch. This is a great project to avoid mosquitoes and the expenses of buying new tiki torches. Repurposing wine bottles is a great way to drink sustainably. You can even choose to fill your tiki torches with a formula that burns cleanly. Tiki torches are a great way to add natural light to your backyard for those nights you want to enjoy outside, instead of wasting energy with a big spotlight.
Change Up the Curtains
Curtains can be used for a lot more than keeping light out. Curtains actually improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency. By choosing the right curtains or blinds you can create a more sustainable environment inside your house. You can reclaim old curtain rods or indoors shutters. You can make your own curtains. You can even reuse an old doorknob to prop in the middle when you want to keep them open. This gives you the ability to add your own visual appeal and really enhance the room.
Grow an Indoor Herb Garden
Growing your own indoor herb garden is a great way to save you money and a trip to the store when you’re cooking. It’s also a great sustainable project to add your own style preference and decorate your house with. You can recycle tin cans, old bottles or containers you originally would have thrown out, and use them as planters for the herbs. The herbs will last you all winter, and even emit pure oxygen into your air.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
More than half of the ingredients for making your own cleaning products are most likely already in your pantry. To keep your house squeaky clean and environmentally friendly at the same time, avoid harsh chemicals and toxins that are put into the air from cleaning products you purchase at the store. This is a great DIY project to recycle your store bought cleaning containers, and fill it with one of many homemade cleaning product recipes. To make them prettier, you can tape construction paper around the containers, and write what kind of cleaning product you filled it with. You’ll have DIY bottles and cleaning products at your hands, to keep your house clean and green.
Repaint Your Furniture
If you’re tired of looking at your furniture and thinking of getting rid of it, save yourself money and refinish your old furniture. You can choose a paint color that’s more aesthetically pleasing and better fits the room. Choose vintage knobs to replace the ones you’ve been using. This keeps your furniture out of a landfill, and lets you get crafty by turning your furniture into a one of a kind, custom piece. Painting your furniture will revamp your house while you recycle at the same time.
Reuse Wooden Crates
Crates are phenomenal when it comes to creating storage in a stylish décor perspective. There are so many ways you can reuse crates for around your house. One option would be to re-stain the wood to give the crate a new, but vintage look. Crates can be turned into coffee tables, bookshelves, storage shelves and more. A reused crate will allow you to add creative designs around your house in simple ways.
Add a Drying Rack to Your Laundry Room
In a few easy steps, you can custom-build your own drying rack for your laundry room. This is a more extreme DIY project, but it’s worth it to lower your carbon footprint. A drying rack is so practical for hanging clothes to dry, rather than putting them on hangers and giving your closet too much moisture which can create mold. This project will save you time, money and energy. Drying your clothes is cost-efficient and the less energy your dryer has to use, the better for the environment.
About the Author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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