You don't have to start an organic cotton farm in your backyard to do your part in making fashion more sustainable. In honor of Earth Day, we put together an illustrated guide to making your home—and life!--a little more green. With minimal tools and money spent, these crafty eco-friendly solutions are easy to assemble, pretty to look at, and kind to Mama Earth. Oh—and you definitely don't need a garden to get these guys growing. We all live in NYC and, yeah, we are not living that garden lifestyle.
Ready to get recycling? Click through for inspiration!
Denim Pocket Planter
That two-sizes-too-small pair of jeans you've been holding onto since high school? It's enough already--really. Put them to better use with this idea—and bring a little plant life into your kitchen.
What you need: • 1 pair old jeans • 1 small indoor potted plant (like oxalis) • scissors • potting soil • small river rocks • magnetic tape • super glue
Cut out a back pocket from the jeans using scissors. Cut several pieces of magnetic tape and glue them to the back of the pocket—being careful not to let the glue bleed through to the front of the pocket. (For a longer lasting planter, line the pocket with a small plastic bag before proceeding to the next step.) Once dry, line the bottom of the pocket with a thin later of tiny river rocks. Carefully twist the plant out of its pot. Use your fingers to loosen the soil around the roots and divide the plant into smaller portions depending on the size of the pocket. Place the plant into the pocket and fill in the remaining space with potting soil. Once you're satisfied with your creation, hang it on your refrigerator, adding minimal water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
(Don't have a green thumb? This magnetic pocket also works great for storing pens on the fridge!)
Perfume Bottle Terrarium
Perfume bottles are way too pretty to go to waste. Turning your old fave into a simple terrarium is an easy way to repurpose it—plus it makes an awesome (practically free) gift! Hello, Mothers' Day...
What you need:
• 1 empty perfume bottle • 1 pot slow-growing moss • tweezers • potting soil • tiny river pebbles • activated carbon
Remove the spray top from an empty perfume bottle and rinse it with water to make sure it's completely clean of fragrance. Pour a shallow layer of the pebbles into the bottom of the bottle. Cover the pebbles with a thin coating of activated carbon. Carefully separate the moss into pieces that are small enough to fit into the opening of the bottle. Using tweezers, insert and arrange the moss inside the bottle, making sure the roots are covered with soil. Lightly spritz the moisture-loving moss with water and replace the cap of the bottle and keep in a low-sunlight area.
This terrarium should require hardly any upkeep, as the wet, enclosed environment lends to self-watering. If the soil appears dried out, spritz with water and replace cover as necessary.
Nail Polish Bottle Bud Vases
Used-up nail polish bottles make for adorable bud vases—perfect for dressing up any windowsill or bedside table in the spring and summer. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference!
What you need:
• empty nail polish bottle • little ground flowers • nail polish remover • scissors • wire (optional)
Using scissors, snip a few pretty ground flowers (buttercups and daisies work well) in your yard or at a park. Rinse out nail polish bottles of various shapes with nail polish remover to remove any dried varnish. Rinse with water until clean. Fill bottles with water and arrange cut flowers as desired.
If you're feeling extra crafty, string bottles with thin wire (wrapped around bottles' mouths) for a cute bud vase garland you can hang on your wall.