How to reuse your household items
Jan 1st, 1970 at How to reuse your household items
We live in a day and age where it’s obvious that we’re going through climate change. I’m not sure about you, but my family has taken this issue quite seriously and we are pretty conscious about our waste. We have learned some tricks along our recycling journey about how to reuse certain items that you would usually throw away. With a rinse and a clean, the following things can be made into handy items for your home.
Pallets are objects that you may find in a parking lot or at a construction site. If you are interested in building a mini pallet garden, before you begin, please consider the following:
- These objects may appear unattended, but we highly suggest you ask if they are free to take home before you do.
- Look for the heat treated sign usually on the side of the pallet for health and safety matters (example in image below).
To build a pallet garden you first need to decide on the type of plants you are going to use. Some plants use more water than others so the lining may vary. We love to work with succulents as they are easy to maintain and they live longer.
For our succulent garden we chose a small heat treated pallet, we kindly asked for a spare coffee sack at our local cafe and got to work.
What to do:
- Cut a hole in the coffee sack, the same size as half of the pallet.
- Slide the sack through the pallet and fold the corners under so it forms a nice square underneath half of the pallet.
- Add soil and gently place in plants.
Plastic Bottle containers
This is our absolute favourite item to reuse. We had some spare bottles so we turned them into storage spaces. See how you too can turn your plastic bottles into something handy and useful.
- Sand down a pallet slat
- Cut the top of the bottle off
- Use a washer to screw into the bottle as some plastic or PLA might be too malleable and over time they might get loose.
Plastic bottles are a big contributor to landfills and have an impact on your health. Thousands of gallons of water and oil is used to produce this item. Wouldn’t it be great to turn it into more useful and funky item?
Cardboard Boxes into Pinatas
During our childhood we always played with pinatas. Pinatas are now very popular at children’s birthday parties as you can hide surprises in them. When children end up opening the pinata, the excitement of finding all the sweets is exhilarating! We’ve made a pinata for parents who want to do a DIY project with their children!
- You can use any form of cardboard that you’d usually throw away i.e , pizza boxes, cereal boxes etc
- Choose a pattern that will be easy to cut out and also to tape up (we used a old pizza box, masking tape and recycled paper and some spray paint)
It’s a simple process and we guarantee your children will love to build and destroy it afterwards.
We are addicted to coffee! Some people have plunger coffee or a stovetop coffee. Usually, you would use the grounds for compost for your garden but here is an awesome tip for all the ladies out there.
Most of you already know that coconut oil is like the 8th wonder of the world, some swear by it for making stretch marks disappear. Coffee is just as amazing. The caffeine in coffee grounds is a genius way to reduce cellulite. The caffeine absorbs into your skin and dehydrates the fluid in those pesky cellulite areas, so your skin is (temporarily) tighter and firmer.
- ½ cup coconut liquid oil
- ½ cup fresh coffee grounds
- Combine the coconut liquid with the coffee grounds
- Divide mixture into muffin tins
- Use it in the shower for healthy looking skin all day
Check out the Pallet Kingdom here: http://www.thepalletkingdom.com/
Words by Adriana Avendaño Christie