Think twice before you toss that paper in the garbage. These gift wrap reuse ideas are far from trashy. Best of all? The paper can still be recycled even after the gift is unwrapped.
Use Paper Grocery Bags...
If you forgot your reusable bags for one trip to the grocery store, don't fret. Those paper bags you came home with can be reused as gift wrap — and it doesn't need to look cheap. In fact, it will add a touch of rustic charm, especially since you can decorate the wrap however you'd like!
Reaching for the foil or plastic wrap in the cabinet is easy, but have you ever thought of the environmental impact each of those sheets of tin foil or plastic have over time? Instead, try making your own reusable food wrap from beeswax and cotton like blogger onegoodthingbyjillee.com.
Grate Your Beeswax
You'll need about 2 tablespoons of grated beeswax to cover a 12 inch square of cotton.
While store-bought cleaning supplies are effective, they often come with a cost to the environment. Clean up your home without damaging the environment with these simple DIY cleaning supplies.
Lavender Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner
Vinegar is a powerful, natural cleaner that can be purchased on-the-cheap, but not everyone wants their house to temporarily smell like fish and chips. This lavender vinegar all-purpose cleaner recipe by blogger happinessishomemade.net is easy to make and masks the smell of vinegar with lemons and lavender essential oil.
Stop tossing those dryer sheets into the laundry and then straight into the trash. This reusable version will have all of the convenience of the throw-and-dry sheets without the unnecessary environmental impact.
You'll just need four supplies to get started, as blogger viewfromthefridge.com explains. — vinegar, fabric scraps (old T-shirts and dish towels work great!), the essential oil of your choice and a jar to keep the dryer sheets in.
Mix up the fabric softener solution using 1/2 cup vinegar and 8 to 10 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you like the scent. Then, add your strips of fabric and let them absorb. Shake up the container so the mix is evenly distributed.
The convenience of disposable diapers is undeniable, but reusable diapers are far more environmentally-friendly, cost effective and pamper baby's butt like disposables just can't! Keep your sewing skills handy, because blogger homespunaesthetic.com will show you how.
Before you toss that T-shirt in the throw away pile, consider turning it into a bag! These eco-friendly bags are washable and perfect for picking up a few groceries on-the-go while looking totally chic. And it can all be done in just 10 minutes, as blogger mommypotamus.com explains.
Think of all of the water you use on your garden. What if you could harvest all of that for cheap? You can with a rain barrel, as blogger momsneedstoknow.com explains. You can even attach a hose and water the garden as you normally would, but this water won't cost you a penny!
If you have dogs or your kids play outside, you know how important it is to keep them away from anywhere you sprayed bug spray. Instead, let the kids and pets roam free with this insect-killing DIY natural remedy from anoregoncottage.com, using items you likely already have in your kitchen that you can spray directly on plants.
K-Cups are the biggest coffee craze in recent memory — and one of the most wasteful. Save your K-Cups to perfectly portion those garden herbs you've spent so much effort growing. Chop your herbs and freeze them with a bit of water to later add to soups and other recipes when your herbs are no longer in season.
The convenience of a ready-to-use mop like the Swiffer is undeniable, but those disposable covers are certainly wasteful. Make them reusable with this DIY from thehappyhousewife.com, which turns a simple piece of cloth Swiffer-ready in minutes.
When it comes to throwing away disposable items, it's important to remember there is no such this as "away." No matter what you toss into the trash, it ends up somewhere, so lower your environmental footprint with these tips. The world thanks you!