Thursday, 13 February 2014

What to do with your plastic!

I personally found the film TRASHED a bit too short on solutions on how we can help by not putting plastic into landfill or incinerators.

I thought of some ideas and and quickly blogging them this morning.

1.First make some doorstops using unwanted clothes or curtain fabric -Find a stone or rock that will fit into the doorstop and after washing wrap it in plastic -use food packaging or plastic bags cut up to stuff the doorstop before sewing up -you can make these in any shape you like but here is a very easy shape that anyone can make!

Sew your own pyramid doorstop  - Better Homes and Gardens - Yahoo!7

If you want to use up even more plastic what about making a pouf!!! Simply fill the fabric/knitted pouf with all of your unwanted plastic- this will take a considerable amount believe me.

2. Leave your plastic at the shop- if we all did this we would be forcing shops to change how they sell stuff.It costs them money to 'dispose' of rubbish.

Take your own bags AND a flat bottomed shopping basket or box.If you do this you can use plastic bottles/large food containers to divide up space and then fill these with the loose veg you have removed packaging from.This is a very posh version which I have blogged the link to.

3.Instead of buying cosmetics/toothpaste etc. in plastic tubes make your own! Use a basic recipie for face cream/cleanser and add drops of essential oils that suit your skin type and age; I like frankensense which is pricey but will last at least a year.

It is possible to buy good creams and lotions in glass jars but one thing I cannot find is toothpaste so here is a recipe to make your own!

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Ingredients:

  • 5 parts Calcium powder or Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 1 part Diatomaceous Earth (optional- contains trace minerals and silica. UPDATE: A reader noted that DE can be abrasive and is not needed with the baking soda, so if you don’t have DE… no worries!)
  • 2 parts Baking Soda
  • 3 parts Xylitol Powder- This ingredient is not completely necessary, but just keeps it from tasting bitter.
  • 3-5 parts coconut oil to get desired texture
  • Optional ingredients: Essential oils for flavor (mint, cinnamon, and orange are all good), Grapefruit Seed Extract, Myrrh and Trace Minerals
[Note: To keep things simple, I just use a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on the size batch I'm making, so the above recipe would read 5 TBSP calcium powder, 2 TBSP Baking Soda, etc.]

2. Add Coconut Oil one part at a time until you get desired consistency.

3. Add any optional ingredients, including Essential Oils for flavor (my favorite is Peppermint Orange)

4. Store in small container like 1/2 pint glass jar. To use, either dip clean toothbrush into it, or use Popsicle stick or spoon to put on toothbrush. I’ve also thought of storing in a plastic bag with a corner cut off to be able to squeeze like toothpaste, but haven’t tried it yet

Homemade Laundry Detergent - The Original and Best Recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent - The Original and Best Recipe

try making your own soap powder - I used 'fairy soap' or even supermarket soap.

Purse Organizer Insert With Adjustable Dividers | Free Pattern & Tutorial at - Part 2

Purse Organizer Insert With Adjustable Dividers | Free Pattern & Tutorial at - Part 2

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

This is what Climate change means FOR US!!! Its not happening in Africa or some far-flung island its in Somerset

Since the storms struck a month ago, there have been fears that floods would inundate septic tanks and sewerage systems.

Farmer James Winslade, 40, whose 790 acres have been underwater since New Year’s Day, described the squalor.

“We’ve got 95 per cent of the farm under water, ranging from 2ft to 10ft deep. The wind’s behind the water and we’ve got waves crashing in.

“Two sewerage farms and all the septic tanks from the villages have flooded. We’ve got raw sewerage and syringes and tampons, you name it, washing up against the house.
“We can’t let the children out anymore because of the smell and the contamination.”
Mr Sadler, a member of campaign group Flooding on the Levels Action Group (Flag), said he now overlooks a lake where his garden used to be.
from express newspaper