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  1. Upcycled Fun in the Summer Sun

    Now that summer is in full swing, we've gathered together some of our favorite upcycled projects from Pinterest to help you enjoy your carefree days and oh oh oh, oh those summer nights...   Summer Snow Globes: What's more fun than these handmade snow globes (or I guess they'd be glitter globes)? If you have kids...
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  2. Refuse the Straw!

    The problem may actually be that we don't see it. We've gotten so used to plastic litter strewn in parking lots, caught up against the edges of curbs, waiting on storm grates for a chance to get washed down and out to sea. It covers our beaches, tangled in strands of seaweed and mixed in with shells and driftwood...
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  3. Large Scale Urban Recycling

    Across the landscape of Osaka, Japan lay a series of recycled photo booths filled with tiny goldfish residents. It is an example of a large scale urban recycling project. Goldfish are the highlight of many summer festivals in Japan so it only makes sense that the streets are swarming with them. Large-scale urban art projects “In...
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  4. Welcome to the Zenyard: From Pallets to Paradise

    Do you ever wish you could step out your door and enter another realm? Maybe one that feels worlds away from the crazed rush that makes up so many of our days? The sort that once you cross that threshold makes you feel as if stress slips off your shoulders as easily as a summer breeze? Wouldn't it be lovely...
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  5. The Made and Found Market: Bringing Fun Back to the Woods

          Under the shady branches of the Rancocas Woods, off of Rte. 295 in Mt. Laurel, NJ, an eclectic mix of artisans and vendors gather to display their wares in the hopes of resurrecting  a decades-old market that, once thriving, has faded away over recent years. The area's flea and antiques market was...
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  6. Recycled Runway

    Guest blogger, artist and face painter extraordinaire, Jennifer Sekella, shares her experience as a designer for Recycled Runway, a fashion show featuring upcycled and repurposed designs held in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region. Talk about intriguing: come up with a design or designs, male and/or female, focused on an idea or theme, and the supplies MUST...
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  7. Green Riders - Good Deeds on Bikes

    Our guest blogger, Mitchell Kyd, shares her encounter with an army of cyclists who bring their mission of sustainability on the road:  Storytellers know that on the very best days, a story that needs to be told will simply reveal itself. I had that good fortune Sunday, June 4, 2017, when I passed a string of cyclists on their way...
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  8. That Time We Built a House in Guatemala and Learned What it is to Be Grateful for What You Have

    Judy Baker, a dear friend of Hipcycle, heads an organization called From Houses to Homes. FHTH provides housing, healthcare and education for impoverished families in Guatemala. This is from their website:   "Guatemala is rich in nature and spirit, but among the poorest in living standards. A majority of people living there are victims of civil war, hunger, prejudice, poverty...
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  9. Create Your Own Upcycled Succulent Garden!

    Succulents are huge right now. Maybe it's because everyone's busy and succulents are basically the lowest maintenance plants you can care for aside from the plastic ones you stick in a fishbowl. Perhaps it's because you really have to go out of your way to kill them, and who's got the time to go out of his or her way...
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  10. The Dirt on Safe Spring Cleaning

    It's that time again: time for the yearly ritual of packing away the sweaters and coats, opening the windows to let in the fresh warming air, and literally shaking out the dust of a winter spent indoors. It's time to spring clean. Dread it or not, now is a great time to tidy up, freshen up, and get your home...
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