“You can’t just keep filling landfills with stuff when there is a use for it.”
Over the last year or so I have found Reddit to be a great resource for ideas and help. This subreddits are not necessarily trash-free but they definitely have good tips, and plenty of people on there who can help with with whatever.
- DIY: http://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/
- Self Sufficiency: http://www.reddit.com/r/selfsufficiency
- Homesteading: http://www.reddit.com/r/homestead/
- Green: http://www.reddit.com/r/Green/
- Environment (More news than anything else):http://www.reddit.com/r/environment
- Gardening: http://www.reddit.com/r/gardening
- How to fix things: http://www.reddit.com/r/fixit
What websites do you find helpful?
To achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our ‘garbage index” – that which we permanently throw away into the environment that will not be naturally recycled for reuse – to near zero. Productive activities must be organized as closed systems. “Minerals and other non-biodegradable resources, once taken from the ground, must become a part of society’s permanent capital stock and be recycled in perpetuity. Organic materials may be disposed into the natural ecosystems, but only in ways that assure that they are absorbed back into the natural production system.”
1. Shop with reusable bags. Most stores sell their own or you can use a canvas tote.
|Still not sure what to do with the
Crayon paper. Ideas?
I stumbled upon this while browsing the Internet and I thought it was a great idea that combined the idea of the Crayon Rocks I talked about a while back with repurposing old, broken crayons. So I decided to do this with my son’s old crayons which were stored in a jar and actually pose a choking hazard to my 11 month old daughter so he doesn’t get to play with them very often.
|place crayons of complimenting colors
together in the muffin tin.
First I had to remove all the paper off the little stumps of crayons which wasn’t fun and I am still trying to figure out what I can do with the little bits of shredded crayon paper. If anyone knows if it is compostable or recyclable please let me know!
Anyway, after all the paper was removed, I took out a muffin tin and put the crayon bits in the compartments of the tin by complimenting colors. The last compartment was just whatever was left over. Then, I put the muffin tin in the oven at 250 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
|Right out of the oven. This color I did not swirl together.
I thought it looked good like this.
When I took them out of the oven, I swirled some of them with the end of a fork and some I just left the way they were for variety’s sake. Then I put it in the freezer, muffin tin and all until the was was solid again and I popped them out and Ta-Da! I call themcrayon circles! (for the sake of my son needing a label because he insisted they weren’t just “Crayons”)
|The finished product!
So easy and we saved a bunch of old crayon chunks
that would have otherwise gone in the garbage.
My kids love Clementines, a lot. I have always thought the peels smell delicious and it was a shame there wasn’t something I could do with them. Thanks to a Facebook post floating around I now have the perfect solution which also solves my other problem of my vinegar + water + essential oils cleaning solution not smelling so good.
Orange Scented Household Cleaner
- Put your orange peels (or clementine peels like I did) in a mason jar
- Fill the mason jar with vinegar
- Put the lid of the jar on tightly
- Wait 2 weeks
- Strain the vinegar and put in your spray bottle
Tah dah! Nice smelling, Green cleaner.
I am thinking of doing a post on all the ways I use my mason jars. How do you use your mason jars?