EcoArt: charcoal on recycling

by EcoStreet August 15, 2010 EcoArt

Debbie of life untitled has been using charcoal on her recycling.  She says it’s cheaper than using drawing paper.  It’s a great idea and asks the question: what other recyclables and rubbish can be used as canvasses for art? This blog post is cross-posted at ecojunki.

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Flashback Friday: EcoDIY make a chair

by EcoStreet August 13, 2010 EcoDIY

Originally published in January 2008. Harness your creativity to make something useful and keep something else out of landfill. I like the idea of making unique pieces of furniture for my home, and I like not having to pay (or paying very little) for materials to make something that’s worth more than the sum of […]

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Makazi’s Guesthouse: sisonke singenza amahluko

by EcoStreet August 7, 2010 EcoHouse

I’m completely enchanted by Makazi’s Guesthouse. It’s built out of sandbags, and is kitted out with solar heating, composting toilets and recycled furniture. The house has been beautifully decorated (inside and out) and all profit made is used to fund the community-based Indlovu project, including a crèche, youth centre, clinic and soup kitchen. This would […]

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Head Gardener: urban eco-art

by EcoStreet August 4, 2010 EcoArt

UK urban land artist and guerilla gardener Anna Garforth turned 2-litre milk bottles into cute characters with green hair-does and put them out in the streets for everyone to enjoy. She calls this project “Head Gardner”. [via Recyclart] This blog post is cross-posted at ecojunki.

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EcoDIY: Toddler pallet bed

by EcoStreet July 12, 2010 EcoDIY

I used to sleep on a pallet bed when I found myself a young single mom living in London on a small income and in need of a bed. For a few pounds and some help from a friend with a van, I got 12 old pallets home for a double-sized bed for me and […]

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McKay reclaimed whisky barrel flooring – with a hint of vanilla and oak

by EcoStreet June 29, 2010 EcoHouse

Mmm, they say when you press a board to your nose, you get the very pleasant smell of oak and vanilla. This reclaimed whisky barrel flooring from McKay Flooring in Scotland is not cheap at £149 a square metre, but it is beautiful and doing your sun salutes on it in the morning will be […]

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EcoDIY: Quick and simple flower cookie cutter from a soup can

by EcoStreet June 19, 2010 EcoDIY

You only need an empty can and a pair of pliers to make this cute flower cookie cutter. Full instructions at Instructables: Quick And Simple Flower/Clover Cookie Cutter From A Soup Can

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