Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Choose to Reuse

Earth Day is April 22.  This week brings us increased awareness of and appreciation for our planet.  Reusing things instead of throwing them in a landfill is one way we can help our planet and ourselves.

Most of us would agree that using what you’ve got makes better sense than going out and buying something else. It makes sense both financially and environmentally.

Here are some examples of creating something new with repurposed materials:

I like this raised garden bed in my neighborhood made from old closet doors.

Another creative neighbor has a garden “bed” with a brass headboar.

We made this chicken coop from used materials obtained via Freecycle and Craigslist.

More information about building a chicken coop here, and additional views of the chicken coop here.

Crochet Shopping Bag made out of yarn leftover from another project.

Reusable Coffee Sleeve made from leftover yarn.

Here’s a link to the “Choose to Reuse” graphic above that you can download.


  1. What great ideas these all are! I especially like the doors for the raised garden, and the brass headboard in the flower bed.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my work!

  2. Great coop, thanks for sharing on our blog! I also love the use of the door for the garden bed, so creative.