Reuse & repurpose

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Start planting now with ‘winter sowing’

Even in the bitter cold months of winter, you can start planting your spring garden outside using these ideas for homemade, mini greenhouses made from recycled containers.

Winter sowing is a popular method of starting seeds early in tiny greenhouses made from empty milk jugs. The process is inexpensive, uses recycled materials, requires no electricity, produces […]

Recycle holiday trees, wreaths and greens

When the pine needles start to drop, it’s time to give your holiday trees, wreaths and garland a second life.

Area communities offer residents a number of ways to recycle them — not only keeping them out of landfills, but also reusing them for a variety of purposes, including mulch, trail surfaces, erosion control, landscaping and […]

Shop local & handcrafted at 12 holiday pop-ups

This holiday season shop for local, handcrafted, eco-friendly and fair-trade gifts at a dozen pop-up sales, holiday fairs and farmers’ markets throughout the Kansas City / Lawrence area.

Here are some great options:

KC CLAY GUILD HOLIDAY SALE POTTERY TOUR

Friday, December 2, 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 11 a.m. – […]

What’s the most eco-friendly Christmas tree?

Before the Thanksgiving turkey heads into the oven, many of you will be thinking about putting up a Christmas tree. To be eco-friendly — should it be real, artificial or something else?

Most experts agree a real Christmas tree is more eco-friendly than artificial, but both come with environmental impacts.

Choose zero-waste

For a truly zero-waste option, […]

Create gardener’s “gold” from falling leaves

Are you looking at a growing pile of fallen leaves? Here’s how to take advantage of this season’s gardener’s “gold,” get free fertilizer for next year’s garden, and help slow climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil.

“This leaf season offers an opportunity to take action to slow global warming in our own yards,” says […]