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eco-friendly campers from tonke

It’s clear we have a friendly obsession with vintage-style campers here at Shelterrific. We’ve showcased one we would love to buy, and another we would love to make. Now, here’s one that’s retro-cool and eco-friendly. The folks at Tonke (it’s a Dutch company with a Dutch website; the English version is under construction) completely handcraft each camper with luxurious materials. Read up on the trailers over at Cool Hunting until Tonke’s English website is up and running. –Erica P.

site we’re psyched about: judy of the woods

Interested in foraging for edible plants? Making your own hydraulic ram pump? Crafting a binder out of milk jugs and cereal boxes? Building a solar tower? Judy of the Woods is the place. Judy is a proponent of permaculture, a method of designing sustainable systems. Her site is devoted to finding ingenious solutions to tough problems and getting organized while using as few resources as possible. “I am not a sucker for punishment, and don’t really like to work harder than necessary, nor do I like to spend more than I need,” she writes, “and I like to do things in a sustainable way. So, the solutions on this site will often save work in the long run (or be labor saving hacks in themselves), be either free, low cost or affordable, and be as environmentally friendly as possible.” And they’ll definitely be inspiring. Visit Judy of the Woods here.

site we're psyched about: judy of the woods

Interested in foraging for edible plants? Making your own hydraulic ram pump? Crafting a binder out of milk jugs and cereal boxes? Building a solar tower? Judy of the Woods is the place. Judy is a proponent of permaculture, a method of designing sustainable systems. Her site is devoted to finding ingenious solutions to tough problems and getting organized while using as few resources as possible. “I am not a sucker for punishment, and don’t really like to work harder than necessary, nor do I like to spend more than I need,” she writes, “and I like to do things in a sustainable way. So, the solutions on this site will often save work in the long run (or be labor saving hacks in themselves), be either free, low cost or affordable, and be as environmentally friendly as possible.” And they’ll definitely be inspiring. Visit Judy of the Woods here.

cleaners you can count on at 2 a.m.

I’m always a sucker for new trying new cleaners, especially eco-friendly ones in pretty packaging. (Hmm… That’s something else I buy too many of!) This group of Better Life goods at over at delight.com has me looking for things to scrub. Each is made without solvents, silicones, VOCs, ethoxylates, petroleum–based ingredients, or harsh surfactants. And they make everything smell subtly fresh and just perfectly… clean! I am in love with the The Kitchen Sink Gentle Scrubber — to get the tub sparkling before Isadora’s bath — and the 2am Miracle, which is specifically designed for nurseries, but provides a non-toxic wipe down on any surface. We’re keeping a bottle with an arms’ reach of the highchair for sudden slings of mush! Better life cleaners, $7.50 each at delight.com. — Angela M.

easy green pet solution: a dog poop composter!

UPDATE: Please see our 2013 update to this story.

You don’t know how hard it was for me to type that headline without laughing! I didn’t even know that composting pet waste was possible until I picked up a flier on it at my local natural pet store. (UPDATE: You can use the resulting compost for ornamental plants, but do NOT use it on vegetables or fruits. And you can use this for cat poop too, as long as any litter is biodegradable.) I’ve mentioned before that we have two large dogs, so you can imagine the amount of waste that went into our garbage every week. (Actually, try not to imagine it.) Now we have a place where we can deposit the deposits without using plastic bags. And it was really simple to make, too. Read on for instructions. –Mary T.

Click the link for the instructions. (No gross photos, promise.) (more…)