9. Oct 2018
by manu

Branch Hangers

Branch Hangers © recyclelovers.com

You have to cut back your trees in your garden this winter?

How could you use the branches better than by upcycling them?? ๐Ÿ™‚

How about some new branch hangers for your clothes?

→ recyclelovers.com (this site unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore)

First published: 9. Mรคrz 2015
3. Jun 2018
by manu

Plastic Free Razor

Rasierhobel statt Einwegrasierer © albatrossdesigns.it

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
โ†’ albatrossdesigns.it

First published: April 27th, 2016
21. May 2018
by manu

Make your own ice cream

Eis selbermachen © rethink-recycle.net

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

First published: June 1st, 2017
13. Apr 2018
by manu

What’s chewing gum made of?

Woraus besteht eigentlich Kaugummi? © welt.de

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 itโ€™s ABC (already been chewed)? Is it flushed down toilets? Washed down storm drains? Hmmโ€ฆ just one more source of non-biodegradable plastic in our oceans?

Source: myplasticfreelife.com

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 zรคher 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:
→ chiczausa.com

18. Mar 2018
by manu

Instead of Plastic Wrap

Statt Frischhaltefolie © rethink-recycle.net

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

On YouTube there are a lot of tutorials which also show different methods (iron // oven):
→ YouTube-Tutorial (iron)
 

Vegan alternative

Alternative to bees wax you can use carnauba wax which is not made of animal products.
There’s a tutorial here (german):
→ schwatzkatz.com
 

Lazy alternative

If you don’t have enough time or patience to create this wonderful plastic-free wrapping on your own, then you’re in luck:
→ Abeego
→ Bee’s Wrap

2. Dec 2017
by manu

Flustix certifies plastic-free products

 

“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.

 

Our Goal
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.”
Quelle: flustix.com

 

→ flustix.com

14. Nov 2017
by manu

Paper Flooring?

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

→ domesticimperfection.com

paper_bag_flooring

23. Sep 2017
by manu

Nettles For Textiles

 

NETTLES FOR TEXTILES from Allan Brown on Vimeo.

 

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.