First of all, isn’t EVERY day earth day? Well it certainly should be. My husband and I own a company devoted to recycling used boxes, so we’ve devoted much of our lives to helping “save the planet.” While that may sound lofty and pretentious to some, it’s a big passion of ours, so I was honored when I was asked to share my eco-minded imagination by participating in the Earth Day 2014-themed challenge for the Ziploc® Fresh 180 campaign.
No Paper Towels: A Roll Can Last Me Close to a Year. Seriously.
Not to toot my own horn, but I honestly haven’t been reliant on the use of paper towels since I was in college (and that’s been awhile). I use rags. I personally think they sop up messes much better. And plus, they are significantly less wasteful. I know, I know. What about taking into account the water needed to clean the dirty rags? Well, I’m leaving that one up to the “water-ologists.”
I know what you’re probably wondering, “What about paper dinner napkins?” I’ve shunned those, too. I haven’t regularly used paper napkins in about 10 years. I use cloth! And look at how fun it is! I hunt around online, yard sales and flea markets for cute, vintage cloth napkins.
Lots of people are into juicing. It’s kind of having a renaissance from the 70s. I make my very own green juices at home (kale, celery, cucumber, jalapeño, lemon and ginger). Recently, though, I felt so bad about throwing out the remnants (pulp) of my veggies, so I tossed them instead into a gallon-sized Ziploc® brand slider storage and freezer bag with the Smart Zip™ Seal and put it on the shelf in the fridge until inspiration hit.
By day’s end, I had figured out what to do with the pulp. I put it into a bowl, added some spices, breadcrumbs and a can of black beans. Then, I shaped the mixture into patties, baked them for 30 minutes at 325 degrees, and added a bit of cheese to the top and then, just like that, homemade veggie burgers were born.
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
We all know the saying, reduce, reuse, recycle but I’m the biggest fan of reusing. For example, I love to reuse undershirts. I wear those A-Frame undershirts until they’re icky and chili-stained, when I’m then tempted to then throw them out. That is until I started turning them into my recycled totes. Here’s how to make your very own:
1. Grab an old undershirt
2. Sew up the bottom
3. Stamp a cute phrase on the front. Mine says: “Upcycled”
4. Lastly, stuff it full of fruits and veggies.
I love taking an object and turning it into something else entirely. For example, with a few magic legs and a drill, this vintage piece of luggage is now a vintage side table.
You know how it’s (supposedly) important to know what you’re good at? Well, perhaps it’s even more important to know what you’re not good at. For instance, I’m an awful gardener (there I said it). I just can’t seem to get it right. I’m good at pulling the weeds, but have no patience with regards to waiting for things to bloom. Thus, having a composting bin on my counter has always seemed kind of silly.
However, as it turns out, many cities will accept compost matter from citizens (just make sure to follow the rules of composting, like no meat, eggs, dairy, etc.). That said, I’m finally going to begin composting by dropping my leftover lentils into a Ziploc® brand container with the Smart Snap® Seal, and placing them on my counter for later composting.
Disclaimer: I was paid to develop this post and to provide related photos for Ziploc®. As always, all opinions are my own. And, all photos were taken by me, myself and I!