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Upcycling to Clean Out Your Clutter and Help the Environment

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2010 11:47 PM
Got an old sweater that is too stretched out to wear? Make it into a sofa pillow, or use the arms to make child-size leggings, and the body to make a child-size winter skirt. Several old Gore-Tex jackets? Sew them together to make a beautiful and mold-resistant shower curtain. How about some plain white china plates? Paint or draw on them and sell the resulting work at a craft fair.

While many people are focused on finding ways to reuse or recycle things they can no longer use, others are finding creative ways to reuse stuff (clothing, dishes, you name it) by making something new out of something old -- turning storage problems into craft projects. While the practice is really just a new way to reuse or recycle things, it has generated its own word: upcycling. If your closets, kitchen cupboards, garage, basement, attic, or self storage unit is crammed to the gills or overstuffed with...stuff, then upcycling is the new green alternative to throwing things out. [More]

NorthStar Moving Helps Grant 7,000th Wish for Make-A-Wish Foundation

by Tony Gonzalez September 14, 2010 12:32 PM
NorthStar Moving announced earlier this month that it provided free moving and free long-term storage to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant its 7000th wish. On August 18, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the wish of Claire, a 14-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, to have her bedroom redone by a famous interior designer. NorthStar provided all of the moving and storage that was necessary to make Claire’s wish come true, free of charge. In the end, HGTV’s Interior Design Star Kim Myles was able to work with NorthStar and Make-A-Wish to give Claire’s bedroom a mermaid design makeover. [More]