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  1. Repurposed Roadtrip

    A few years ago, we decided to go on a road trip. We jumped in the car and headed west. WAY west. We did have an official destination (Deadwood, SD), but the main theme of the adventure was more or less "we'll stop when we see something cool." So we left home in New Jersey and made it all the...
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  2. Upcycle Your Breakfast To Help Your Garden Grow

    Here's a super simple yet highly effective way to turn your breakfast leftovers into a nutrient packed treat that will give your houseplants or your garden a boost while keeping food waste out of the trash. Seriously, follow these easy steps and you'll have to hack your way through your raised bed with a machete just to get to the...
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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