Repurposing And Upcycling Wood Pallets Into Furniture And Shelving.

DIY Wood Pallet Coffee Table

Wood Pallet Coffee Table

We wrote about repurposing wood pallets for wedding tables in our post “And I Pronounce You Jubbling” back in 2011. Here are so more ideas from RenewPurpose that don’t require instructions; viewing the final repurposed pallet-product and adding a little stain or paint is all you need to duplicate these ideas. If you get a chance, check out their iDevice cases and handbags made from repurposed tire rubber. Pretty cool stuff. [RenewPurpose via Good]


DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

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Republican Mayor Of Lancaster CA Wants To Require Solar Panels On Every New Home.

Solar Lancaster
Mayor of Lancaster California R. Rex ParrisWhat the what – Republican Mayor wants solar panels on every new home? It’s true. R. Rex Parris, the Mayor of Lancaster California, wants to institute a new requirement that all new homes built after January 1, 2014 must include solar panels. From Greentech:

“The purpose of the solar energy system standards is to encourage investment in solar energy on all parcels in the city, while providing guidelines for the installation of those systems that are consistent with the architectural and building standards of the City. It is further intended to provide standards and procedures for builders of new homes to install solar energy systems in an effort to achieve greater usage of alternative energy.”

Those damn treehugging Republicans! Why can’t they stay out of renewable energy and stick to advocating fossil fuels so it’s easier to paint them as the enemy? I think this quote from Mayor Parris answers that question:

“[Mayor Parris noted that Lancaster is] one of the most conservative Republican districts in the country. But Republicans are smart,” he said. “When you show them a solution, they will take it.”

So it’s smart to move to solar; it doesn’t have to be green. [Greentech]

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Clotheslines Season Is Around The Corner. Check Out The Clotheslines Of 1930’s New York.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New YorkBuzzfeed posted “Monday, Laundry Day, New York City” and it was a nice reminder that clothesline season is almost here. My indoor clothesline has been working overtime this winter. I wash and hang a load on plastic coat hangers in the morning and then repeat the wash and hang process one more time in the evening.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

If you’re chomping at the bit and can’t wait for clothesline season, hang-dry your clothes indoors by purchasing an adjustable closet rod and a pair of wall brackets to hang your laundry over your washer/dryer. Your bathroom shower rod will work too.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

If you’re an anxious planner and can’t wait to get your outdoor clothesline set up, you can invest in an outdoor umbrella clothesline or get real old school and tie a rope/phone cord between to posts/trees.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

From my experience, wooden clothespins work the best on outdoor clothesline. Plastic clothespins become brittle from the temperature change of daytime heat and cool evenings.

Clotheslines on laundry day in 1930's New York

Good luck with clothesline season. Remember: clotheslines are the easy-to-install, affordable solar panel system. [Buzzfeed]

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United Nation’s Think.Eat.Save Campaign To Reduce Food Waste.

Mound of wasted food.The Think.Eat.Save campaign wants to make it easy for people to reduce the amount of food they throw out. With the help of the NRDC and WRAP UK, Think.Eat.Save compiled a list of tips we can follow immediately to reduce food waste. Here are some to help you get started:

  1. Shop Smart — plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items.
  2. Understand Expiration Dates — in the US, “sell-by” and “use-by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates.
  3. Zero Down Your Fridge — eat food that is already in your fridge before buying more or making something new, which will save time and money.
  4. Say Freeze and Use Your Freezer — frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
  5. Request Smaller Portions — restaurants will often provide half-portions upon request at reduced prices.
  6. Love Leftovers – tonight’s leftover chicken roast can be part of tomorrow’s sandwich. Very few of us take leftovers home from restaurants. Don’t be embarrassed to do so!

Worldwide, over 1/3 of all food produced is not consumed. And the waste isn’t limited to tossed food; it’s also a massive waste of land, energy and water necessary to produce and deliver the 1.2+ billion tons of food we throw out. [Guardian]

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Fill The Yellow-Striped Goedzak Bag With Stuff You Want To Give Away And Put It Outside.

Sidewalk donations with the Goedzak.Designed by Simon Akkaya and Maarten Heijltjes, the Goedzak looks like a great way to find a new home for your unwanted stuff. It’s a distinctive and protective yellow-striped plastic bag that you fill with your formerly loved goods and leave on the sidewalk / street for people to claim. And for the person claiming your donation, the Goedzak is reminder that they too can refill it with their own unused goods. It’s a reuse-it-forward kind of idea that is awesome because it’s so uncomplicated. [Wired]

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Amazon’s 35,000 Free eBooks Listed On FreebookSifter.com.

Kindle Fire eBooksIf you’re looking for a last minute book for your Kindle or iDevice with Kindle app, avoid an extra trip to the bookstore or library and check out FreebookSifter.com. Freebook Sifter lists Amazon’s 35,000 free ebooks that are rated and organized by category. [Boing Boing]

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