Keepin’ It Green: The Week in DIY: Eco-Friendly Summer Fashion, Dinner Plans that Change the World, and More

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The Week in DIY: Eco-Friendly Summer Fashion, Dinner Plans that Change the World, and More

Each week, we highlight some of our favorite craft projects from our friends at Treehugger and Planet Green to help inspire your inner DIYer.

Get the Lead Out of Your Purse
You might be carrying around more than you think in that new purse: Find out which stores were caught selling bags with levels of lead that exceed safety standards.

All Buttoned Up: 10 Fun, Functional, and Funky Vintage Button Projects
Whether you’re collecting vintage buttons from thrift stores and antique shows–or just have a drawer full of the spares that come with sweaters and cardigans–put them to use with these easy projects.

Refinish Wood Furniture with Olive Oil
Give your tables, chairs, and other wood pieces a quick refresher–and help protect them from waterspots and small scratches–with this super-simple (and non-toxic) homemade furniture polish.

Make a Wine Cork Bath Mat, a Treat for Your Feet
Repurpose biodegradable, renewable corks rescued from empty wine bottles into a one-of-a-kind bathmat to update your bathroom.

5 Refreshing Herbs to Grow for Tea
Add lemon verbena, mint, lemon balm, and other plants to your at-home garden for delicious tea all year long.

One Man Walks Across America Just for the Heck of It
Matt Green set out from New York City for a walk–and a little more than three months later, he’s in Minnesota.

How Your Dinner Plans Can Change the World
We talked to Marsha Wallace of Dining for Women about how a once-a-month potluck dinner with your friends can help empower women around the world.

4 Beach Reads for the Food Lover
Park yourself by the water with a stack of books focusing on whole foods, natural health, and recipes that will have you looking forward to getting back into the kitchen.

Forget Caffeine, Connecting with Nature May be a Better Energy Booster
Getting outside–or even just imagining that you’re outside–might do more for your mood (and your health) than that daily afternoon latte.

How to Go Green: Wardrobe
While you’re swapping out your winter duds for summer, keep these guidelines in mind for an eco-friendly closet.

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