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Public Fruit: Mapping the Windfall in Your Area

"Public" and "fruit" may not be two words you are accustomed to putting together, but the folks from Fallen Fruit, an activist art project based in LA, want to change that. They have several ongoing projects related to windfall fruit from public lands, and they're asking your help to map the publ...

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Tags: Berry, Diy, Fruit, Glean, Homemade, Local food, Map, Windfall
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Natural Insect Repellents: Beastly Secrets Against Biting Bugs

Let's face it: some of us are blessed with the gift of fatal attraction. Some people arouse a mere passing interest in mosquitoes. Others of us cause a feeding frenzy. The resulting bites also vary in duration and severity, ranging from a minor itchy bump that lasts a day or so to large inflamed ...

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Tags: Bug, Diy, Insect, Outdoors, Recipe, Skin
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From 'Brollys to Bags: Umbrella Tips for a Rainy Season

For many of us, this summer's must-have accessory is....an umbrella. The rain seems to go on and on this year, and while it's nice not to be suffering from drought, the frequent squalls might be taking their toll on your frequent companion. Like so many things these days, many umbrellas seem to b...

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Tags: Bag, Craft, Diy, Umbrella, Weather
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Upcycled materials and making your own yarn

Recently I purchased a hat on Etsy. Like every other handmade item I've bought on the site, it was a marvel of craftsmanship. It's also made out of upcycled materials: soda bottles were spun into the soft fiber crocheted into a beanie. It was my first experience with wearing plastic, so to speak,...

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Tags: Bag, Craft, Diy, Plarn, Plastic, Reusable bag, Video
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Fruit and Vegetable Wash Products: An Investment in Safety or Waste of Money?

The past several years have seen an increasing number of food scares. It used to be that vegetarians could feel pretty safe during the latest E. coli panic from undercooked hamburger, but the contaminated spinach from a couple years ago brought the interconnectedness of our agricultural system ho...

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Tags: Cleaning product, Diy, Fruit, Organic, Rinse, Vegetable, Wash
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Milk Money: A Recycled Carton Coin Purse

I was reading one of those family magazines in the doctor's waiting room and stumbled upon this fun DIY project. I know sometimes these do-it-yourself crafts are a little silly and require you to be much craftier than you really are, but this carton coin purse looks pretty simple. There are inst...

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Tags: Art, Crafts, Diy, Fun, Pennies, Project, Purse, Wallet, Waste
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Submit Your Trash (and Art, Crafts, Video) to the Smart Art Competition

Have you been privately honing your DIY skills on items from your trash...egg crates, bottles, phone books? Do you look at a bunch of yogurt containers and see a lamp? Now is the time to share your talents with the world. Enter the Adventure Ecology and Sculpt the Future Foundation’s SMART ART ‘...

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Tags: Art, Contest, Craft, Diy, Recycle, Reuse
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New Life for Old Paper: DIY Instructions

You may have drastically cut down on your junk mail, but a few stray pieces always seem to get through. Even if you've reduced your paper use to the absolute minimum, paper clutter may still be collecting around the house. You can always recycle, but there are some fun craft projects for reusing ...

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Tags: Art, Craft, Diy, Paper, Project, Reuse
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Cook with Homegrown Herbs for Simple, Inexpensive, Satisfying Meals

Science may have created all sorts of artificial flavors that we may have learned to seek out in processed foods, but there's no substitute for real flavors. A handful of just-picked basil, rosemary, or sage will give any dish a burst of savory freshness that can't be found in the high-salt seaso...

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Tags: Diy, Flavor, Garden, Health, Herb, Taste
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