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Sometimes it is not enough to read about something – sometimes you want the tips, tricks and hacks to make it possible to do it yourself, be that simple sustainability strategies or complex DIY instructions for great green gadgets.

DIY Bikes: 14 Crazy Homemade Cycling Creations

These wild and wacky DIY bicycle creations include a floating bike, a trike that spits fire, and a 'monster truck' bike that can roll over cars.

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Bicycle Treehouse Elevator: Pedal-Powered Genius!

This amazing bicycle elevator creation zooms a rider from ground level to a treehouse thirty feet in the air within seconds.

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12 Ways to Clean Your Home with Lemon and Baking Soda

Forget harsh chemicals - lemons and baking soda combine to create a powerful, natural, non-toxic whole-house cleaner.

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DIY Survival 101: 15 Clever Kits, Tricks & Hacks

What would you do if you got lost in the woods? Here are some easy, cheap DIY ways to prepare, including emergency kits and contraptions and crucial skills.

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14 Off-Grid Projects to Cut Your Energy and Water Usage

Learn about 14 ways you can reduce your dependence on the grid, like collecting and purifying rainwater, building a root cellar and switching to compost toilets.

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12 Easy Eco-Friendly DIY Tricks to Save Money at Home

Make your home greener with natural cleaner recipes, energy-saving tips and DIY home tutorials.

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27 Space-Saving Tricks and Techniques for Tiny Houses

You can pack a lot more than you'd think into a tiny house or micro studio apartment when you use tricks like these, using unused space for storage.

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Libraries, Aquariums & Outhouses: 14 Reclaimed Phone Booths

What do we do with all of the obsolete phone booths still standing around the world? Here are 14 creative ideas.

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Boats to Bags, Beds & Buildings: 17 Repurposed Vessels

Every part of boats - from sails and oars to the vessels themselves - can be useful long beyond their life at sea as furniture, decor, gardens and sheds.

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DIY Dress-Up: 13 Totally Doable Eco-Fashion Projects

Recycle fabric scraps, old ugly sweaters, tablecloths and even cat food cans into beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessories with these 13 easy tutorials.

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Private Islands: Homeowners' DIY Flood Deterrent

Some brave homeowners are fighting back against the rising Mississippi flood waters with homemade dams and levees made of dirt mounds.

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Get Tanked: Fabulous Faux Swimming Pool Illusions

How weird would it be to gaze deep into a cool, inviting swimming pool and see an entire family walking around on the bottom, smiling and waving at you?

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12 Organic Fertilizers & Natural Bug Repellants

Make your garden lush and green and protect it from harmful pests like aphids and slugs with these 12 easy DIY homemade insecticide sprays and fertilizers.

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Butting In: Portrait Made of Over 20K Used Cigarette Butts

The cigarette butts that litter outdoor surfaces are an environmental burden. But even these unappealing items can be made into something beautiful.

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Put Down Roots: 4 Unexpected Ways to Grow an Urban Garden

A spectacular garden does not require a flower bed or even a yard. These four unusual gardens utilize normally-overlooked spaces to grow a bit of sunshine.

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