Keepin’ It Green: The Week in DIY: Homemade Hot Chocolate, Crafty Jewelry, and More

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The Week in DIY: Homemade Hot Chocolate, Crafty Jewelry, 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.

5 Crafty Ways to Turn Buttons into Accessories
Turn loose or extra buttons into brooches, bobby pins, bracelets, and other fun fashion accessories that are a perfect match for the clothes you already own.

Upcycle Broken Zippers into Funky Jewelry
If your fasteners have lost their zip, give them a new life as funky earrings, one-of-a-kind rings, or unique bracelets.

It’s a Snow Day So Enjoy Rich Hot Cocoa: No Mix Required
There’s nothing like homemade hot chocolate when the weather’s dark and dreary; skip the instant with this easy recipe.

Local Eaters Can Glean a Wealth of Information from the USDA’s New Food Atlas Tool
Find farms, local markets, and other nearby food producers with the USDA’s new interactive, online directory–and know exactly where your food comes from.

Help Refugees Do Their Work (and Earn Money) With Your iPhone
Use your phone to help Kenyan refugees do their jobs with the new version of GiveWork, which lets you perform quick quality checks and helps the refugees get paid.

The 5 Best Videos Debunking the “Snow=No Global Warming Myth”
The next time someone tries to convince you that record snowfalls aren’t a result of climate change, point them toward one of these smart–and funny–videos.

Forget Chocolate and Cheese: GIve Up Carbon for Lent
Missed Ash Wednesday? It’s not too late to go without for Lent: try cutting your energy use alongside the congregate at a Connecticut church.

3 Delicious Ways to Get Your Vitamin D, Even When the Sun is Hiding
Get your recommend daily allowance of this essential vitamin in any weather with tasty recipes for poached salmon, soy milk smoothies, and more.

Score Some New Stuff at a Pop-Up Swap and Enjoy the Music
Trade what you have for what you want at New York’s pop-up swap spot, Score!, and go home happy.

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