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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


sculptural designer bird feeders


Even though it’s an early spring there’s still not a lot of food out there for our fine-feathered-friends to munch on. It remains a good idea to keep your bird feeder operational for a few more weeks. And what better way to facilitate all that spring dining than with a new, eye-catching designer bird feeder.


Metal sculptor Joe Papendick creates his hand-welded, bird feeders from a combination of stainless steel, steel rods and steel mesh. These feeders are modern, elegant and fairly indestructible. The two models pictured above retail for $89 each at Joe’s Cargoh online shop

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Monday, February 27, 2012

February is for the birds – upcycled bird feeders


Did you know that February is National Bird-Feeding Month? The event was created to encourage wild bird feeding and bird watching, and is sponsored by the National Bird-Feeding Society. For those who enjoy hanging out with our fine feathered friends year-round, Hipcycle features a variety of cool birdhouses and bird feeders made from upcycled materials.

Above are a couple of personal faves:

  • bird feeder made from recycled wine bottle & wiring $30
  • birdhouse made from reclaimed cedar $24

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related: more bird feeder reviews on The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

hummingbird feeder from recycled liquor bottle

bottlehumfder.jpgSomeone drained the nectar out of these Captain Morgan and Bacardi bottles and upcycled them into handy hummingbird feeders.

Safe for the birds, with labels sealed so these bird-friendly conversation pieces will withstand the elements.

If you’re handy you could probably make your own DIY version.

choice of styles – $14 ea. @ DeeLuxDesigns Etsy shop

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

reclaimed cedar bird feeder

birdfeedercedar_lrg_1.jpgThat cold north wind blowing down my neck tells me it’s time to start thinking about feeding our fine feathered friends…

Here’s a handsome rustic bird feeder made from weather-resistant recycled cedar boards fastened together with weather resistant screws.  The feeder looks like it will be popular with most seed eating birds and, unlike mass-produced plastic feeders, it will integrate seamlessly into the natural landscape.

This five quart feeder has eight feeding stations.  The top door opens for filling and features a recycled nail.

A mounting bracket is included, which can be screwed onto a deck or horizontal surface – or the pre-drilled feeder can be mounted directly to a post. Dimensions: 25″ (H) X 5 1/2″ (W) X 5 1/2″ (D)

Price: $38.00 @

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bird Feeder with Style


If like me, you like to feed our feathered friends, why not do it in style? These mouth-blown glass bird feeders will add a touch of elegance to any garden setting.

£29.95 @
natural collection

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

modern bamboo birdfeeder + matching birdhouse


I feel these two matching bamboo bird items should be kept together.  Give your garden or backyard a cool Asian vibe – all your avian friends will be lining up to inhabit this stylish birdhouse and feed at this sweet-looking birdfeeder – both constructed of renewable bamboo.


The exterior of this elliptically-shaped, eco-friendly bird structure is coated with a matte outdoor weather proofing seal to preserve its natural aesthetic.  Easily hung via a single eye hook (provided) – just hand screw the eye hook into your tree of choice and tighten securely with pliers.


The birdhouse is suitable housing for typical small to medium birds like chickadees, nuthatches, bluebirds and a wide variety of warblers, swallows or wrens.  The matching birdfeeder will keep everyone fat and  happy – just watch out for those voracious squirrels.

$95 each – from oryx & crake design

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

reclaimed wood squirrel feeder – if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em


Over the years I’ve had many a bird feeder pillaged by voracious hordes of rampaging squirrels. I now believe a new approach may be in order – give our furry friends their own feeder to mitigate their raids on the bird feeders.

Andrew and Melissa of Andrew’s Reclaimed build their self-service squirrel feeders and other wood products out of reclaimed wood recovered from docks, fences, barns and other old structures – all very eco-friendly. $37 @ andrewsreclaimed Etsy shop.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gardening Tips for the Environmentally-Conscious

country garden

Gardening is a great way to connect with nature and rejuvenate your senses. Communicating with nature becomes so easy. Now that you have you’ve decided to create a green space of your own in your home or yard, you can rest assured of some peaceful and rewarding moments in your busy life.

Even if you’re too busy to look after it but want to have your very own beautiful garden, you can contact a fake grass company and have them lay it out for you. That should make this convenient for people living a fast-paced life.

While gardening can be a lot of fun, it also demands your time, energy, and resources. Most gardeners feel that having a beautiful garden is well worth the effort.

flower garden

But did you know that certain gardening practices are actually harmful to the environment? And by employing such methods in your garden, you could be doing more harm than good to your environment?

Sure, you water your plants, but what about the water wastage that results from doing so? Did you give a thought to those fuel-powered lawn mowers that you use in your garden? And don’t even get me started on the chemical fertilizers!

The good news is that more and more gardeners have become environmentally conscious and want to use eco-friendly methods in their gardens.

Here are 7 green-gardening tips that you can consider for your garden:

 1. Be Natural
Trust Mother Nature and follow in her footsteps. Bringing artificial fertilizers into your garden immediately defeats the purpose of going green. Be au naturel with compost instead.

I’m sure when you work in your kitchen you end up with a lot of fruit and vegetable waste. Well, now it can find use in your garden. Instead of throwing it in the trash, make all-natural compost.

It can serve as a great fertilizer and boost the quality of your soil by infusing it with some much-needed nutrients. It also promotes healthy root development, and improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention.

Helpful and pocket-friendly, no wonder it is also known as “gardener’s gold!”

plant in top soil

2. Plant It, Eat It
We’ve all seen acclaimed chefs talk about and cook with freshly grown organic produce and rave about its health benefits. It’s time for you to take all that talk seriously and eat fresh fruits and vegetables as well.

Buying organic produce can turn out to be an expensive affair, so the best option you have is to grow it in your garden. And why not? When you’ve got all that green space available, might as well use it to your benefit. Plus, it is also enjoyable to eat your own home-grown fare.

Even if there is a space constraint, you can get imaginative and come up with ingenious ideas for growing your food. Alternatively, you could grow herbs such as basil, mint, celery, and so on.  Not only will they look cute, but will also attract butterflies and bees, thereby multiplying the eco-friendly quotient of your garden.

3. Harvest Rainwater
When nature gives you fresh water, you store it and make good use of it. Simple things like a barrel can prove to be very helpful in harvesting water that is rich in minerals and free of chemicals like chlorine. This water can be collected and used for watering your garden, and even for washing your car.

While harvesting rainwater is a great thing for your garden and the environment, you need to ensure that you store it properly by protecting it from insects, debris, birds, and dirt. Use it frequently to keep it stirred and aerated.

waterdrop on a green leaf

4. Plant Native Flowers
Plant flowers that are native to the region you live in. Reason being that indigenous flowers require less upkeep than others as they are already habituated to the environmental conditions, climate, and soil. This implies minimum maintenance from your end.

Native foliage also has a higher chance of flourishing in your garden, without the use of too many chemical fertilizers and other artificial additives.

5. Bring in the Birdies
Isn’t it mentally soothing to watch butterflies and birds flutter about in your garden? The sound of chirping birds can instantly relax your mind and make you feel that much closer to nature. Did you know inviting birds into your garden is also eco-friendly? They enliven your garden, add to its beauty, as well as act as natural pest control agents by preying on the harmful bugs and insects that you would otherwise spend a great deal of money on to get rid of.

Attracting birds is easy. Simply buy birdhouses, birdbaths, and bird feeders and install them in your garden and watch your feathered friends fly right in.

bird in bird bath

6. Use Eco-friendly Equipment
If you’ve been using one of those petrol-driven land mowers, it’s time to bid adieu to it and use an eco-friendly variant of it. These lawn mowers pollute the atmosphere by releasing harmful fumes into it, which you definitely want to avoid. Reduce your carbon footprint by using an electric mower or a manual push mower instead.

Another way of making your garden pro-environment is by recycling waste matter. You can also start using solar powered garden lights for decoration purpose.

7. Ban Chemicals
It is indeed heartbreaking to see your precious blossoms being ruthlessly eaten up by garden pests. But before you spray them with chemical insecticides and pesticides, stop and think – do you really want to use poisonous chemicals on your flora?

Although they may destroy those pesky bugs, they will also affect helpful fauna like lizards, earthworms, birds, etc. that are good for your garden.

Use natural repellents such as pungent-smelling herbs, garlic, peppermint, basil, and so on to keep pests at bay.  Mulch your garden to keep the weeds out and prevent soil erosion. Mulching also keeps the moisture in the soil intact.

marigold flowers

Being eco-friendly is the way to go by giving our ecology all the TLC it needs in every way possible. Whether it is the way you water your garden, feed it, or generally look after it, being considerate of the environment will only result in further benefits. I hope you will put the above mentioned tips into practice and support eco-friendly gardening.

Author Bio:
Millie Rainer is a content strategist for She wants to keep building her authority as a blogger by exploring and writing on new topics. Follow her on Twitter @MillieRainer.

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