1. Jan 2019
by manu

Happy old year!

Wandkalender von 1991 mit Stempel "2019 - Happy old year"

© rethink-recycle.netDon’t throw old calendars away. Every 28 years you can reuse them, because the day-date-combination repeats itself in exactly the same way!

You could keep them and give them to your kids when they are grown up. I bet they would love that! 🙂

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!! 🙂

 

First published: June 1st, 2017
20. Mar 2018
by manu

The Book of Idle Pleasures

Das Buch der 100 Vergnügungen © rethink-recycle.net

Book Tipp:
“The Book of Idle Pleasures”
by Dan Kieran & Tom Hodgkinson

At its best, the book has a delightful tone of foppish grandeur, achieving without much fuss a kind of phenomenological intensity in entries such as “Walking Back Home Drunk” or “Poking the Fire”. Remember, too, that most things are improved with “a cup of smouldering tea”, on which note I must leave you, as the kettle has just boiled.
Review: The Guardian

A wonderful book that shows you all the small and (mostly) free things in life, which help you to slow down and appreciate life. You can’t buy happiness…

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! 🙂

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

17. Mar 2018
by manu

Easter baskets made from paper pulp

In two weeks it’s already easter again!

And it’s this easy to create little easter baskets from old egg-boxes:

  1. Tear the egg containers apart and let them soak in water over night.
  2. On the next day shred the material further with a hand blender.
  3. Squeeze the unnecessary water out.
  4. Shape the paper pulp to your wishes (i.e. press it in a small bowl).
  5. Finally let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  6. Decorate 🙂

10. Mar 2018
by manu

Keep your favourite shirts!

Lieblings-T-Shirts © rethink-recycle.net

If your favourite shirts are unwearable because they for example have holes, you can always make cushions of it! 🙂

My first try went pretty well. Repetition guaranteed! 😉

23. Jan 2018
by manu

Reusable calendar made with paint chips

Wiederverwendbarer Kalender aus Farbkarten © modage.de

You have some paint chips left and an old frame in the attic?
Than you are lucky because you can easily construct yourself a reusable calendar or timetable.

As an alternative to paint chips you can also use scraps of paper or fabric!

You can find a step-by-step-tutorial here
→ modage – where modern meets vintage

 

Did you know…

…that you can reuse old wall calendars every 28 years?
→ Happy Old Year! 😉

16. Nov 2017
by manu

Merry Minion Christmas

© Vivien Br

Ob wir es wollen oder nicht: Bald ist schon wieder Adventskalender-Zeit!

Für diejenigen unter euch, die Kinder haben (oder noch Kinder sind 😉 ) und daher nicht um Ü-Eier drumherum kommen, hier ein paar Minion-Adventskalender-Tutorials. So könnt ihr zumindest die gelben Plastik-Hüllsen noch weiterverwenden.

Verschiedene YouTube-Tutorials

→ von Vivien Br mit Maxi-Kinder-Überraschung
→ von Evas Backparty
→ von DIY Inspiration – kreative Ideen zum Selbermachen
→ von Gamze & more

10. Jul 2017
by manu

No flat tires anymore

Flat bike tires are annoying and cause a lot of waste.
So what would you say, if there were tires that are unflatable, because they don’t have to be filled with air?!

 

→ more info (kickstarter.com – November 2016)

 

 

UPDATE:

Here you can now buy these unflatable tires:
tannusamerica.com

 

Tire-Upcycling

For all of you who want to upcycle your already flat tires:
→ here are some ideas

4. Jun 2017
by manu

A Life Stripped Bare

You want to live more ethical? Read this book:

“A Life Stripped Bare – Tiptoeing Through The Ethical Minefield”
by Leo Hickman (2006)

 

Content

Is fair trade coffee better than organic? Can you really clean a loo with vinegar and lemon juice? Such were the dilemmas facing Leo Hickman and his wife, Jane, a new mum, when he was asked by the Guardian to lead a more ethical life for a few months. A Life Stripped Bare is not a preachy guide but the diary of a struggle – through the myriad uses of bicarbonate of soda; instructions for assembling a wormery; the visit from three ethical auditors who snoop in all their cupboards: ‘A true eco-house might have no fridge, just a larder, and a water-containing pottery vessel as a cooler,’ offers one. (‘Jane’s eyes roll’, notes Hickman.)
Source: theguardian.com

 

Buy the book

→ buch7.de
→ ecobookstore.de