The Designer Charles Kaisin from Belgium designed an extendable newspaper bench.
You have to cut back your trees in your garden this winter?
How could you use the branches better than by upcycling them?? 🙂
How about some new branch hangers for your clothes?
→ recyclelovers.com (this site unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore)
Beth Terry at TEDx, 2010
Single-use plastic razors are without any purpose.
Why should you frequently throw away the entire razor, when only the blade is dull?
Answer: So you spend more money than necessary for a new one.
Alternative: Safety Razor
When you make your own ice cream you not only know what’s in it and can switch ingredients to your liking, you can also reduce the amount of plastic packaging a lot!
Here is the recipe for my favourite ice cream!
(5 minutes of work // 2+ hours of freezing)
2 (ripe) Bananas
125ml Yoghurt(also nut milk or similar)
2 EL Cocoa powder
1/2 msp. Vanilla extract
Sugar, Peanut butter and Salt as you like
Thank you to Maike, Sabrina, Boray, Tanja and Boris for this wonderful birthday present!! 🙂
Ever wondered what you are chewing on?
Right: petrol-based plastic, which will need hundreds of years to degrade.
“Gum is made from plastic. […] After World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which came to replace most natural rubber in chewing gum (e.g., polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate). […]
Where does (plastic) chewing gum go after it’s ABC (already been chewed)? Is it flushed down toilets? Washed down storm drains? Hmm… just one more source of non-biodegradable plastic in our oceans?”
In the image above you can see the “Gum Wall” in Seattle. Over a time period of 20 years people stuck over one billion chewing gums on it. (I’m sorry, but I can’t see how that’s cool in any way… it’s just gross!)
In 2015 the city of Seattle has begun to clean the wall, but chewing gums keep showing up:
→ “Seattles zäher Kampf gegen die Kaugummi-Wand” (welt.de in German)
Maybe rather chew Bio-Gum or even break the habit?
The “Chicza” chewing gums are 100% bio-degradable, vegan and gluten-free:
If you iron over a square of cotton with bees wax, than you get the environmentally friendly version of plastic wrap which you can reuse as you like! 🙂
On YouTube there are a lot of tutorials which also show different methods (iron // oven):
→ YouTube-Tutorial (iron)
Alternative to bees wax you can use carnauba wax which is not made of animal products.
There’s a tutorial here (german):
Made from scrap wood and wine corks!
“FLUSTIX is a seal which certifies plastic-free products. Only if both packaging and product are tested free of plastic will our independent license-partner award the FLUSTIX seal.
We want to reduce plastic waste and encourage industries to replace plastic with alternatives. By marking plastic-free products with the FLUSTIX seal, every customer can make a conscious and sustainable buying-decision. […]
When a manufacturer wants to be certified by FLUSTIX, its produce undergoes a strict testing process. Products, meaning content and packaging, are being tested for plastic contamination by FLUSTIX. In a second step, the product is sent to the independent, unbiased laboratory Wessling GmbH which tests the product for its exact plastic content.
Every product on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets can be tested.”
Very cool idea: Selfmade flooring.
It would have been even cooler if they had actually used old paper bags (or something like that – old newspaper..?) instead of buying new paper. None the less: I do like the idea itself! 🙂
Allan Brown demonstrates the processes he takes nettle plants through, in order to extract a usable fibre for textiles.
A facebook group 'Nettles For Textiles' is available, for those seeking to share knowledge and skills or simply ask questions and get clarification on anything related to processing nettles and creating textiles from their fibres.
'Nettles For Textiles' was shot and edited by Dylan Howitt.