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Eco-Friendly Décor Items You Can Add at Home

Add some recycled items to your home for an eco-friendly décor look.

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Container Made From Recycled Material

This container is a handcrafted product made with coiled paper in Vietnam. It's a fair trade product made from recycled magazines. It'll brighten the décor in your home and perhaps even become a conversation piece with guests. Imagine creating your own conversation piece after taking a look at these items that are incredible for repurposing.

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Bamboo is one of the most durable flooring options out there and is one of the most environmentally friendly features for a home. Bamboo doesn't need pesticides to grow and it grows quickly enough that bamboo forests can be replanted in a few years. These are the pros and cons of bamboo floors you need to know.

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Recycled Glass Lamp

This lamp from Lamp Works is made completely from recycled glass and features a natural burlap shade to create an eco-friendly décor piece that will fit into nearly every home.

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Adopt a Few Houseplants

There's nothing like a plant to add a peaceful green note to your rooms—and as an added bonus, they also help recycle the carbon dioxide in the air and keep your house smelling better. If you aren't really a plant person and aren't sure where to begin, find a leafy plant that's easy to take care of, such as a rubber tree, ficus, jade plant or another species that works for you. Earth tones will compliment leafy greens well.

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Flour Sifter Flower Pot

If you have an old flour sifter you no longer use, try turning into a planter. If you don't have one, there's a good chance you'll find one at a thrift store or garage sale to use for repurposing ideas.

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Window Shutter

Next time you see old window shutters at the resale shop, pick one up. Screw on some small baskets and use it as a seasonal decoration or to store items such as garlic, onions and potatoes in your pantry.

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milk carton burlap planterPhoto: Courtesy of Cut Out + Keep

Cardboard Carton

Instead of tossing that cardboard milk or orange juice carton in the recycling bin, cut off the top, wrap it with fabric and use it as a planter for herbs or flowers. For more repurposing ideas, visit Cut Out + Keep.

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stump stool broken table legsPhoto: Courtesy of Tim Boyden Art

Broken Table Legs

This woodworker took some broken table legs and attached them to a slice of maple and created a small stool. The stool would be a great addition to a kitchen pantry where you may need help with hard-to-reach items or as an extra side table in a den.

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Sewing Machine Table

This DIYer took an old sewing cabinet, attached a shelf unit, covered the shelves with paper and painted it red. This furniture hack can now be used as a dining room hutch or extra storage in a kitchen.

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Ladder Pot Rack

Storing pots and pans can be a challenge because they are bulky and take up a lot of space. Use an old ladder or even a wheel to hang pots from your kitchen ceiling.

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Window Frame Room Divider

To save money, this DIYer used an old window frame as a room divider in the basement. It helps break up a sitting area and a craft room and as far as repurposing ideas go, this is super creative.

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Shutter Divider

If you come across some old window shutters at a resale shop or garage sale, consider using them as a DIY room divider. Just paint or stain and add some hinges. You can get a similar look with salvaged closet doors, too.

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Piano Breakfast Bar IslandPhoto: Courtesy of Etsy

Piano Breakfast Bar Island

Used pianos can be hard to get rid of, so if you have one (or know someone who's trying to get rid of one), turn it into a useful breakfast buffet and bar. A flat surface, such as a piece of marble or wood, over the keyboard area, plus an extended flat surface installed over the top provide plenty of space for food and dishes. Add two barstools and your island is complete.