Keepin' It Green: The Week in DIY: Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk, Pack a Better Bag, and More

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The Week in DIY: Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk, Pack a Better Bag, 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.

The Plastic Project: Popsicle Time!
Cool off with frozen treats that are healthier than store-bought (since you know exactly what’s in them) and made using these no-plastic molds.

Add Natural Dyes to Kids’ Clay
Make your own molding dough with baking ingredients from the pantry — and then color it with dyes made from raspberries, blueberries, and other plants for a non-toxic playdate.

Travelling Light and Packing Tight
Whether your summer vacation requires planes, trains, or automobiles, packing light saves you time, money, and energy; here’s how to do it.

Use Diluted Coffee to Fertilize Plants
Instead of dumping those last drops down the drain, use them to add nitrogen and other nutrients to your indoor container garden.

The Ups (and Downs) of Cycle Commuting
Longtime bicyclist Warren McLaren shares his tips for successful bike commuting.

7 Fish Hot on the Black Market
Smugglers and poachers make a living by selling these fish — from New York City striped bass to Caspian Sea caviar — illegally on the black market.

Why You Should Put Oil on Your Face (and in Your Hair, Too!)
Adding plant oils — like argan, coconut, and extra virgin olive — to your beauty routine can help prevent breakouts — even if you have oily skin. Sound crazy? Here’s why it works.

Got Some Old T-Shirts? Then You Have New T-Shirts, Too
Designer Stephen Dickens shares his tips for upcycling your old tees into fun and funky new pieces.

Make These Items with Your Kids and Go Play Outside!
DIY your own summer vacation boredom busters, including bubbles, kites, sidewalk chalk, and flower presses, for unforgettable afternoons.

8 Foods that Fight Fat
These natural fat-burners strengthen your liver and keep the rest of your body healthy, too: Try spinach, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, beans, and other power foods.

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