Trash-Free Bathroom: Face Cloths

Check out this great post on reusable face rounds! Easy way to reduce a year (or a lifetime) worth of wasteful one-time cotton rounds. If you don’t have time to make them yourself, check out Etsy for dozens of retailers.

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To wash my face in the morning and evening, I have made several reusable cotton washcloths. I made them from the scraps of one of my cotton dresses in the Compostable Wardrobe Series. I used pinking shears when cutting them out so the edges don’t unravel and sewed the sides up with 100% cotton thread.  […]

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LATE: Waste-Conscious Mother’s Day Card

Mother's Day Card

I know, I know! This post is a little late, but here is what I did this year for Mother’s Day. Instead of spending $2.99-$6.00 EACH on Mother’s Day cards for four women, I decided to take out some old crafting paper and my watercolors and get to work!

In the midst of dissertation writing and the end of semester scramble, this project was quite therapeutic and only took me about an hour and a half to do all four.

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Here is what you will need:

1. Paper (recycle/upcycle or use paper you have around the house)

2. Water colors, markers, colored pencils, crayons, whatever you can get your hands on!

3. Pencil and pens

4. Envelope (recycle, or fold your own out of paper)

Here is what I did:

1. Fold paper into the card size of your choice.

2. Use pencil and a ruler or straight edge to outline your text. On two of my cards (one for Corey and one for me), I outlined the word “MOM.”

3. Fill in the outline with a color, shape(s), or pattern of your choice. I chose flowers, vines, and leaves.

4. Once your card is dry, erase the remaining pencil lines.

5. Include a letter or note with your design and send! Viola!

 

Happy Mother's Day

Low-Key Recyclables: Things I Never Knew You Could Recycle

The more I get into this waste-conscious lifestyle the more I realize how frustrating, and frankly, problematic recycling can be. For example, I read/heard somewhere that only about 10% of what gets put into recycle bins in the U.S., and perhaps, specifically, in California actually gets recycled. UGH! Also, certain kinds of recyclable items can only be done so at special sites or by the companies who produced these products in the first place. UGH!

Alas, recycling IS a HUGE step in the SLOW process towards waste-free living, so I am dedicating this post to “low-key recyclable items.” Those sneaking little plastic stuffs that actually CAN (in theory) be recycled.  These items may be common knowledge to most who are already walking softly on the earth, but I have a feeling that some of my closest family members and friends may also be missing these items like I was.

Here are some of them:

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Some Bread Bags

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Some Produce Packaging (like grapes)

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Some Amazon Shipping Packaging

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Some Frozen Veggies Packaging

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Other Breads/Bagel Packaging

The good news is that we are starting to move away from some of these item (albeit, very slowly). For example, I’m not planning on purchasing anymore frozen veggies or fruit prepackaged anymore. In the past these items were an economical and easy way for Corey and I to get our fruits and veggies on the fly and without worries about meal planning or spoiled produce. However, I am finding that when I shop for things in season and on sale, like strawberries and green beans right now, I can buy extra and then just take the extra few minutes to wash and freeze (and in some cases blanch) and/or store/freeze on my own without the extra plastic packaging.

But if this is not where you are at right now, I encourage you to at least recycle these low-key items, and to please share other sneaky items that people may not know are recyclable.

Some fun additions…

Happy Friday Folks!

This post is going to be short and sweet, because I’m working on a longer composting post I hope to share tomorrow or sometime this weekend.

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Today I got rid of (recycled) several plastic lunch meat containers we had upcycled as tupperware for our lunches, and replaced them with these beauties!

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Also, I found some produce and bulk food baggies on sale, so I stalked up on a few more (9) of those!

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Progress right?! If not, then retail therapy 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!