So iv’e been getting completely invested in reducing waste and jumping on the re-usable bandwagon. This weekend has been littered (get the pun?) with DIY waste-free projects.
First up was project compost bin:
Iv’e tried about 3 times to get into composting, each time with little success. This time however I did my research, and discovered that I never had the ratio of green waste (Raw fruit and veg, grass clippings, teabags, coffee grounds etc) to brown waste (Dried leaves, twigs, cardboard, paper, eggshells). So this time, i’m trying again, and found an achievable DIY project to make my own compost bin. I’m still on a student budget (even though I am no longer a student-go figure) and so spend a few hundred dollars on a bin wasn’t appropriate.
The project I decided to go with can be found here.
Here is the final result, I think i’ll name him Cecil 🙂
My second waste-free project for the weekend was making some re-usable produce bags:
Now iv’e been meaning to make these for awhile, after purchasing the materials about 3 weeks ago, and since then I’ve been feeling guilty every time I grab a plastic bag to put apples in at the supermarket. So FINALLY I got around to actually putting them together, and it was super easy! Because I made so many (12 large and 3 small) it ended up taking about 2 hours, but i’m very happy with the end product. The actual instructions I used can be found here. I made one tiny alteration and instead of doing a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying, I just went with the lazy way and used pinking shears….I’m sure it will be fine!
I’m super exciting to start using them, the temptation to go buy carrots on Saturday night was overwhelming! #howispendsaturdaynights
If you are not so keen/lazy to make your own, I found this company that makes them and doesn’t charge you 10 cows!
Thirdly, I got extra crafty and put together these ombre beeswax wraps!
I ordered some Australian beeswax from Ebay earlier in the week, so when it arrived on Friday I was stoked to be able to make the wraps! Iv’e been eying up buying them for about a year, and while browsing some local companies, I realised it would be just as easy (and cheaper) to make my own! While i’m unsure how well they will work, i’m looking forward to using less glad wrap and plastic snaplock bags!
The instructions I used can be found here.
And here is the finished project! My walnuts look pretty snazzy in their new waste-free packaging