How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

When I arrived home today, an evil surprise was waiting for me – a yellow plastic bag with a Denver metro area telephone directory inside. Since I just recycled another vendor’s unwanted phone …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Container Gardening Feat: New Use for Old Shoes

Are your Reeboks run down? Have you maxed out your Merrills? Instead of sending old footwear to the landfill, why not refashion your shoes into a pair of funky planters? These …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Recycle at Home: New Use for a Familiar Green Container

Recycling is better than sending trash to the landfill, of course, but I love it when we can re-use something at home and avoid any further processing altogether. We recently …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Flip Flops Reimagined

Look at these colorful doormats my mom and I spotted at Artisan Center in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood: If you like the feel of flip flops under your toes you’ll love …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Where in the World is the Urban Homesteader Today?

Hi! Come visit me today over at one of my very favorite blogs — Homestead on Earth — where  I wrote a guest post, “Use It Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Try Swapping Instead of Shopping

You may have agreed to a voluntary spending moratorium this month, but there are still plenty of creative ways to acquire clothes, books, kids’ items, tools and more. You just …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Get Ready for Christmas: 6 Tips for Eco-friendly Unwrapping

Merry Christmas! As you’re unwrapping presents tomorrow, here are some tips to make it easier to reduce waste, reuse and recycle. 1. Before everyone dives into the gifts, tell your …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Decoration From Yes, Toilet Paper Tubes

I promised to give you the details about the green craft project I did during my Staycation, so here you go. I wanted something natural to hang in the dining room, …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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The Farm Crest Milk Store in Centennial, Colo.

There’s a little convenience store not far from our house called “Farm Crest Milk Store” that I’ve driven by many times. A few weeks ago I happened to remember that we needed milk right as I was approaching the store, so I pulled in the parking lot.  I was curious about a whole store devoted to milk but discovered that it’s a lot like a 7-11, with a few gas pumps outside and the usual impulse buy items inside. What was different, however, was

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.