Maui Green Home

Green Stuff around the house and Yard
Rethink Reduce Repair Reuse Repurpose Recycle !

Rethink: Think about what you are doing...
How can it be done the greenest, most eco friendly way?
A better quality product should last longer than a cheap version...
Avoid plastics, toxics, things that cannot be recycled, including the packaging
Reduce: Do you really need it?
Are there better options, with less waste and a smaller footprint?
Repair: Can it be fixed? Sometimes it is cheaper to get a new item, but if it can be fixed... it should...
Reuse: Check resale shops, Craigslist, scratch and dent...
Dumpster diving... It's amazing, and sad, what people throw away...
Repurpose: Are there parts that can be used or salvaged, perhaps as something different than originally intended?
If you don't want/need something anymore, and it still works, or is in good shape, have a garage sale or donate it... Most things should be recyclable with your local recycler...

We just added this spicerack to our kitchen.
It is made with recycled plastic and recycled wood! And is beautiful, sturdy, and a great way to organize ones cupboards!
And my brother created them!

Here is our house, and solar panels in March 2013,
from atop the hill across from us.

Click on Building our Bamboo House to see more on the actual house itself.
On building the house we chose a spot that didn't need a lot of excavation work. It was flat, and pretty much treeless. We also went with a small house. Besides price as a big factor, the bigger the house, the bigger the footprint.

water catchment tank 

This is our 20,000 gallon water tank. Rain water from our roof, that flows into our gutters is directed to this tank. It is then pumped, as needed, through a filter system, ready for use. We also painted it with "recycled" paint, which a local non profit group collects and makes available.

Our driveway was made using crushed, recycled, concrete. After it is spread on, you wet it, and compact it

The stove and refrigerator were scratch and dent items. The Fridge is also the best energy star we could find. The oven is a double oven, so one doesn't have to heat up a huge oven all the time.
(Cabinets were a gift)
Mismatched chairs from garage sales.
Kitchen Island / Peninsula was made with leftover wood, a glass table top that was salvaged.Bamboo weave was a shade on clearance sale, which I repurposed.
Lights throughout the house were mostly on clearance sales. We have LEDs in all of them.

Furniture all came from resale shops or Craigslist, or even salvaged. Rugs were salvaged. Sofa made from leftover wood and covered with a quilt from a resale shop. Fan was from a habitat for humanity store, for 10 bucks! TV was a repaired item, from the local electronics recycler.

Tub was from craigslist. Shower floor was leftovers and salvaged from a local dumpster. Tiles outside by shower were salvaged, flipped upside down so they wouldn't be slippery....

Outdoor furniture was all second hand. I did buy new covers for these though.

We also have solar path lights...
Compost barrels in the garden...
Almost everything is second hand... .

Our garden tiers are made from leftover roofing.
The fence/climbing is repurposed fencing from the cat sanctuary.

Garden edging is logs and leftover metal hurricane straps.

Retaining wall is made from logs from a downed tree.

2013 we got this picture. Someone threw it away!
It was a little wet, so I just opened it up, and dried it out!
I love it!

Amazing, what people get rid of!



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recycled plastic lumber patio

The Patio above was made with recycled plastic lumber.
Not just plastic lumber made from recycled plastic, but plastic lumber that was ripped out of a State project and headed to the dump.

The picnic table too, was made from salvaged plastic lumber and boards!

solar photo voltaic

Solar panels, part of our off grid, photo voltaic system.


Tub from Criagslist, and is now solar powered. The bamboo fencing put around it was also from Craigslist. Table was made from leftover scrap wood.

Stove was from Craiglist.
Tile was free from Craigslist. Stones were on clearance.

Frame was made from leftover wood, interior is leftover siding, and salvaged bamboo.
Lights and other stuff from garage sales.
Cat, too was salvaged, from a parking lot

Maui Green Home
Our Green Home Updates
Yard and Gardens
Animal sanctuary / Cat Rescue
Building our Green Bamboo House
Green Stuff, around our house and Yard
Green Links


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