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    TAG : DIY

    Socially Responsible Investing: Why DIY?

    SRI funds make feel-good investing sound easy, but for the most impact you’ll want to do it yourself. Back in 1971, when Methodist do-gooders Luther Tyson and Jack Corbett set out to change the stakes of the investment game with $101,000 and a novel concept—investing with a ...

    How to Get Ready for the Global Eco-Village Movement

    Why leave the city and join the village people, you may wonder? Are you tired of stress, anxiety, unhealthy food, chlorinated water, traffic jams, air and noise pollution, paying rent, not having time to pursue your real interests and passions?Do you want to live a life more in balance with ...

    Designing Ecological Backyard Gardens: An Interview with Jessi Bloom

     Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens, explains how to get the most out of a small garden with low-maintenance edibles and chickens at the 2013 Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington. When Jessi Bloom set out to design lush gardens for people who wanted to water less ...

    Still Pretty in Pink

    Katie Haegele explains why Pretty in Pink's power hasn't faded since the '80s.Whenever I feel fretful I watch Pretty in Pink. I feel fretful fairly often, and I’m not sure I could tell you why. It’s just a thing that happens, especially when I have to get ready to go out and be in front of ...

    The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth

    Harnessing the power of collaborative learning and DIY science, California’s Maker Faire aims to combat throwaway culture by giving young people the tools and inspiration to invent.  This article originally appeared at Shareable. Since 2006, Maker Faire has provided a space for inventors, ...

    For Green Graffiti, Moss is Boss

    With moss, graffiti artists and activists get green, literally speaking.Quick, what can you make with a handful of moss, some yogurt, and a can of beer?A statement.Over the last several years, gardeners and graffiti artists have been discovering common ground—on walls. While it’s difficult ...

    On Grandmothers, Drag Queens, and Mending Your Clothes

    By giving old clothes a new life, Katie Haegele keeps up with fashion's whims while avoiding its excesses. Here, she reflects on the why and how behind her sew-it-yourself ethos.You really don’t have to be a political radical or a homesteader with trendy chickens to make and mend your own ...

    Collaborative Consumption is Overrated

    That's me and my OpenROV co-founder Eric Stackpole working on a prototype underwater robot.This post originally appeared at Shareable.Don't get me wrong, I like collaborative consumption. I think Airbnb makes the world a more interesting place, allowing people have more authentic travel ...

    Feel-Good Gift Guide

    A Pair of Pears' guide to DIY gift wrapping.Whether you’ve been too busy, broke, or lazy to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, it’s not too late to find or make thoughtful gifts. And with an emphasis on local, DIY, and green gifting, you can avoid the mall entirely. Go ...

    The Clean, Green, DIY Washing Machine

    This article originally appeared in Hartford Advocate (August 2, 2012), a weekly print publication with articles, reviews, classifieds, personals and happenings in Hartford, Connecticut, and surrounding communities.I don't have a lot of money. It's not uncommon to hear of educated folks in ...

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