When your family grows by one or more you become increasingly aware of the amount of household waste that is thrown away every day-particularly when you are in the nappy phase.
I took my daughter to a science museum this weekend where one of the exhibitors were appealing to the public not to throw waste down the toilets. I’ve always disposed of nappies safely but I do sometimes throw a wet wipe down the toilet. I didn’t realise the effect this has on our water supply:
- The wet wipe market is growing at more than 15% a year according to research
- They don’t break up like tissue
- Fat sticks to them and hardens to cause what the industry call ‘Fatbergs’
- Wet wipes will block the system as they aren’t designed to decompose
With this in mind I am going to ditch the wet wipes and go back to good old fashioned soap and water. On cue my little girl has just come running in after washing her hands-so there is life after wet wipes. Are you an eco-mum?
FEED THE BIRDS-TUPPENCE A CAKE
Another idea I stumbled upon is bird cakes using left over cooking oil.
I bought a cheap little kit to do this but you can make the so easily.
It services two purposes-feeding the birds and creating a use for cooking oil which is hard to dispose of.
Get a silicone muffin case
Drape in a piece of string folded in half (So it forms a handing loop at the top)
Fill the case with birdseed
Pour in left over cooking oil
Put in the fridge to set
Another idea for old cooking oil is to put it in a vessel-leave to set and then scoop in to the food waste bin.
HEART OF GLASS
Another lovely idea for re-using glass jars-cover with crystals, tie ribbon round the centre, fill with pebbles or add a tealight. The uses are endless-it’s really easy to create shabby chic jars by using pinking shears to cut hearts out of fabric and glue to the glass-tie a ribbon around the top and glue a button in the centre and you can use the jars for holding cotton buds, make up brushes, toothbrushes-what ever you like.
If you search the internet for homemade gifts you will find lots of ideas for glass jars.
It’s really satisfying making something pretty and a lovely project to do with children.
Hope you enjoyed this blog.
Next time I write I might just be wearing a kaftan