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Title: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 06, 2019 01:47:09 PM


Many of us have been discussing a zero waste lifestyle of sustainable living projects for a swap... but we decided to instead create a craftalong!

Discussion here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458620.0)

Send the organizer your pinterest board link for this craftalong and I will list it here:

PINTEREST BOARDS OF PARTICIPANTS FOR INSPIRATION
Faes board (https://pin.it/slshuensquvsi5)
Acadian driftwoods board (https://www.pinterest.com/acadiandrift/low-waste-living/)
riechans board (https://pin.it/p6nngmpkbcebib)
audios board (https://pin.it/c6zkstaplj3sg7)
craftADDchicks board (https://www.pinterest.com/msgouldams/zero-waste/)

Join us here for monthly projects and themes... ideas for ways to save on reusable crafted items... reduce our waste and carbon footprints... and perhaps a swap in the springtime?  Make a post and share your list of projects you can modify as we go along...

Besides replacing single use items we can also enjoy making and posting projects to use up scraps and create new items by being frugal and using thrifted items or making new life for outgrown or torn clothing...

See each month for new projects and themes...  post your projects and links in your posts to share with the group.  

See list for links to projects:

Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong Themes and Project links

August: face or dish scrubbies

Crochet:  spiral tawashi (https://youtu.be/J84jxmGMV5Y)
                 round (https://pin.it/5igmqdagfu6aqe)
                 nubbies with handle (https://pin.it/o5aswmw6zrlywv)
Sew:        cotton rounds (https://pin.it/yugvgsrskpyotu)
                 squares with diy facewash recipe (https://pin.it/puvfuzw6yilee7)
                 terrycloth rounds (https://pin.it/qknac343qyefdi)
Knit:         knit squares (https://pin.it/cnk4gt7j6jwc63)
                 knit flower face round (https://pin.it/ri4vqhm5rgvyje)
                 knit super square dish or face scrubber (https://pin.it/cw6rvzt2muc5ig)

September: Ziploc alternatives,  soap savers, DIY deodorant, dishwashing and laundry soap

Ziploc Bags Alternative #1 (http://www.kiwimagonline.com/2010/08/wich-craft/)
Ziploc Alternative#2 (https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/beeswax-fabric-food-wrap/)
Ziploc Alternative#3 (http://ginadwagner.com/saving-the-world-one-sandwich-at-a-time/) The one I plan to try this week
Fused Plastic!! Ziploc Alternative#4 (http://www.chicaandjo.com/fused-plastic-sandwich-wraps/) This also sounds interesting

Soap Saver Crochet#1 (https://moaracrochet.com/free-crochet-pattern-crochet-leaf-soap-saver/)
Kniting Soap Saver #2 (http://knittingbunny.blogspot.com/2009/04/soap.html?m=1)
Knitting Soap Saver #3 (http://knittingbunny.blogspot.com/2009/04/soap.html?m=1)
Sewing Soap Saver #4 (https://www.thriftyfun.com/Washcloth-Soap-Pouch.html)

For sensitive Skin Deodorant #1 (https://www.healingharvesthomestead.com/home/2016/7/13/antiperspirants-and-deodorants-should-you-be-worried-plus-my-recipe?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=3735788)
For sensitive Skin Deodorant #2 (https://healyeatsreal.com/natural-deodorant-recipe-sensitive-skin/)
Deodorant Bars #3 (https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2016/08/all-natural-deodorant-bars.html)
Baking Soda Free Deodorant #4 (https://ablossominglife.com/homemade-baking-soda-free-deodorant?utm_content=buffer31d9a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=WNMbuffer#_a5y_p=1278835)

Dishwashing tabs Borax Free #1 (http://pinsandprocrastination.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-tabs-borax-free/#_a5y_p=5489299)
Dishwashing Detergent Borax free #2] (https://www.joyelick.com/2014/05/finally-secret-to-making-homemade.html?m=1)
Dishwashing Gel #3 (http://www.overthrowmartha.com/2013/10/megans-liquid-gel-dishwasher-detergent.html)
Dishwashing liquid #4 (https://lizzylanefarm.wordpress.com/natural-cleaning-supplies/)

Laundry Soap #1 (http://www.dwellinginhappiness.com/chemical-free-liquid-laundry-detergent/)
Laundry Soap #2 (https://www.mom4real.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-powder-recipe/)
Laundry Soap #3 (https://jornie.com/laundry-detergent/)
Big list of Laundry soaps #4 (https://morningchores.com/homemade-laundry-detergent/?utm_source=imagepin)


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 06, 2019 03:01:25 PM
I'm into it! I actually have about 25 cloth shopping bags just waiting on handles, hopefully I'll get them finished in time for a flea market I have a table at this month. Wish me luck!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on August 06, 2019 03:27:21 PM
Excellent, I'm so glad you started this. maybe could post it lists of things that we want to work on, which could inspire others?

Personally I want to learn how to make beeswax sandwich wraps. And my next quilting project is to use some of the tons of fabric scraps I have.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 06, 2019 03:30:18 PM
Excellent, I'm so glad you started this. maybe could post it lists of things that we want to work on, which could inspire others?

Personally I want to learn how to make beeswax sandwich wraps. And my next quilting project is to use some of the tons of fabric scraps I have.

Maybe we share our links to our pinterest zero waste boards?

So it seemed a lot of craftalongs had projects each month... I have never done one... so I figured start with one... also I moved the discussion thread... link made now in main post


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on August 06, 2019 03:37:14 PM
Links to Pinterest boards would be awesome


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on August 06, 2019 08:18:07 PM
I'm ready to be inspired! Here's the start of my board: https://www.pinterest.com/acadiandrift/low-waste-living/


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: audio on August 06, 2019 09:14:31 PM
I have a pinterest board (https://pin.it/c6zkstaplj3sg7)

I have a list of things to make, I even have had supplies for them for a while, glad the craft along started!

My List

Reusable Clorox Wipes
Crochet Dish Towels
Family Cloth (maybe?)
Dryer Balls
Produce Bags
Reusable snack bags



On the not crafty side of things, I bough a silicone baking sheet to replace aluminum foil. Haven't used it yet Though.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: BigBangMomma on August 07, 2019 03:54:07 AM
Hurray! I'll look at this closer when I get back home in a few days.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Riechan on August 07, 2019 04:16:31 AM
I am in! Will share my pinterest board later.
I got some cotton from my mum's attic (the bolt was 500 meters or so) to make reusable fruit and bread bags.
But I am interested to make a kawashi (what's the right term?) spounge thing.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 07, 2019 09:00:40 AM
What a fun idea! Thanks for hosting this!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 07, 2019 03:07:03 PM
I am in! Will share my pinterest board later.
I got some cotton from my mum's attic (the bolt was 500 meters or so) to make reusable fruit and bread bags.
But I am interested to make a kawashi (what's the right term?) spounge thing.

Tawashi is on the spiral link!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Riechan on August 07, 2019 03:10:06 PM
That's it! Tawashi, I could find it looking for "Japanese sponge" thanks! I'll check it out!

Here's my Pinterest board: https://pin.it/p6nngmpkbcebib


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on August 08, 2019 07:04:17 AM
What a great idea! I don't have a specific board of ideas, they're kinda peppered through all my boards. I'll see if I have any truly clever pins and maybe make a separate board of those.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: EriChanHime on August 08, 2019 08:40:11 AM
I've definitely thought about making reusable cotton rounds for makeup removal before. The disposable ones seem a little hard on the skin, especially around the eyes, even besides the waste situation. I wear makeup very rarely, so I'd only need a few, but this may motivate me to make them soon (too many other projects with hard deadlines right now, but maybe early fall). :)


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on August 08, 2019 09:47:19 AM
I really want to try to join you guys, or at least follow along.

I am interested in the beeswax wraps, too, but am intimidated about making my own.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on August 08, 2019 09:50:17 AM
I've definitely thought about making reusable cotton rounds for makeup removal before. The disposable ones seem a little hard on the skin, especially around the eyes, even besides the waste situation. I wear makeup very rarely, so I'd only need a few, but this may motivate me to make them soon (too many other projects with hard deadlines right now, but maybe early fall). :)

I'm not a huge make up wearer either, but the very best way that I found, (and I should be doing it every day make up or not) is an oil cleanse.

I use a light veg oil, with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to aid sleep (this is optional) put about 1-2 teaspoons in the palm of my hands and rub it all over my face. The oil will dissolve even waterproof mascara. Then wipe off the oil with a face cloth that's been wrung out in warm to hot water. The scrubby cloth can do a bit of exfoliating, if you want. And it will remove the oil and make up. You'll be left with moisturised, clean skin-no nasty chemicals. A bunch of cloths (or old cut up towels) work beautifully, wash them and reuse forever.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 08, 2019 02:41:20 PM
I bought some of those bee wraps, they went rancid after a while. Made with the right stuff too, resin and wax. I'm pretty sure a cotton showercap shaped thing would work just as well for bowls and containers of food stuff. Like recycle some shirts even. Tshirt makes good hair wraps, face cloths, facial rounds etc. Oil cleansing leaves hard-to-get-off stuff on cloth but tshirts can be laundered with hot water and any sort of soap without losing integrity too fast.

I don't wear make up but the girl and I do use a rose water witch hazel toner after washing my face, the amount of rounds wego through is embarrassing, we're usually so good at being mindful about waste. Those, tissues, earbuds. Ugh. So much garbage.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 08, 2019 06:15:56 PM
Dryer sheets! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447944.msg5387610#msg5387610)


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on August 08, 2019 07:23:24 PM
I don't wear make up but the girl and I do use a rose water witch hazel toner after washing my face, the amount of rounds wego through is embarrassing, we're usually so good at being mindful about waste. Those, tissues, earbuds. Ugh. So much garbage.

Have you seen the reusable ear wax remover tool thingees?
I use handkerchiefs instead of tissues (It kind of drives my husband batty, he refuses to try them so I still have to buy tissues but at least now only one of us is using them!) I also made our kitchen "paper free" and he's constantly lamenting the loss of paper towels in his life.  :D


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 09, 2019 12:43:21 AM
I made a huge list and my post got lost... oops


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on August 09, 2019 06:48:07 AM
I bought some of those bee wraps, they went rancid after a while. Made with the right stuff too, resin and wax.

Really?!? That's so disappointing!

I'm pretty sure a cotton showercap shaped thing would work just as well for bowls and containers of food stuff.

I worry about them not being air-tight. Same thing with the reusable snack bags I used to use. Sandwiches would get stale in them...even after a few hours.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 09, 2019 11:05:30 AM
I don't wear make up but the girl and I do use a rose water witch hazel toner after washing my face, the amount of rounds wego through is embarrassing, we're usually so good at being mindful about waste. Those, tissues, earbuds. Ugh. So much garbage.

Have you seen the reusable ear wax remover tool thingees?
I use handkerchiefs instead of tissues (It kind of drives my husband batty, he refuses to try them so I still have to buy tissues but at least now only one of us is using them!) I also made our kitchen "paper free" and he's constantly lamenting the loss of paper towels in his life.  :D

I have a set of metal ear cleaning tools from amazon... and I threatened my hubs to get into hankies also makes so much sense!  We still have the occasional paper towel roll but I keep pushing them not to be bought...


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 09, 2019 11:13:29 AM
I make hankies for everyone! I love them so much.

A few years ago I did a Craftster Quickies video on reusable paper towels. They are the best and so easy to make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NKzUQli9oU


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Audania1 on August 09, 2019 02:00:22 PM
I make hankies for everyone! I love them so much.

A few years ago I did a Craftster Quickies video on reusable paper towels. They are the best and so easy to make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NKzUQli9oU


What fabric do you use for your hankies?

And I'm intrigued by the metal ear cleaning stuff!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 09, 2019 02:04:12 PM
I usually stitch on old ones but I have some pins about about making napkins with scraps and I bet you could do the same with hankies. Over Christmas I bought some hankies in bulk and stitched on them.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Riechan on August 09, 2019 02:43:20 PM
I made a tawashi!
This is the most difficult thing I have ever made crochet wise. I have been a beginnerlevel crochet since ... 10 years or so?
And I made a mistake, because you can see in the picture, it has a little knob like thingie which can be used as a handle, but shouldn't be there. Oh well  ::)




Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 09, 2019 04:26:33 PM
I found this awesome old wooden box years ago that looked like a miniature kleenex box. I scrounged flea markets and thrift shops for vintage hankies, folded them up like tissues and put them into the box for my little sister who lives in BC and is a better environmentalist than I am. I have 3 kids to her one, full time too. She does less laundry than me, that's my excuse. She loved it anyhow.

I'm not sure making un-paper towels is exactly easy. It seems like a lot of work to me. That may be why I've put it off for so long even though I really would like some of them. It's on my one-of-these-days list.

Crochet tawashi look like the same pattern that's used for crocheted whipped cream, I made some of that for my daughter's picnic set. It is a bit of a pain to follow the pattern but maybe just the first time, after that you know it's going to make sense even though it doesn't look like it will work right when you're crocheting it up. I think that shape is probably great for face sponges too.

This year I'm going to sew covers out of old tarps for our cedar Adirondack chairs. They are the double tete-a-tete ones (that's french for head-to-head btw). It will prolong their life and that's a good thing, I sure don't want to throw all that wood out and buy new ones any time soon! Not to mention the tarps. Gah, I hate making garbage.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 09, 2019 04:54:48 PM
I will tell ya, if I can make something, anyone can. Especially those towels. I suck royally at sewing.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on August 10, 2019 08:09:33 AM
I didn't make them, but I bought from an Etsy seller a few years ago the net bags that replace the grocery plastics for loose fruit and veg. They'd be easy to make in different sizes for keeping your apples and oranges separate and easily counted/weighed by the cashier. I love them. I even used one of them in the dishwasher for the past 10 months for small things and, while it is getting worn out now, it has held up pretty well. I'll prob get another 2 months out of it before it might be reworked into a crochet dish scrubbie.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 12, 2019 09:10:39 AM
So, the Buy Nothing group I belong to, a woman was getting rid of her high end espresso maker because she didn't want to take the time to replace a washer in it. My husband replaced the washer and now we have a nice fancy espresso maker and it saved it from the landfill!


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on August 12, 2019 10:13:56 AM
So, the Buy Nothing group I belong to, a woman was getting rid of her high end espresso maker because she didn't want to take the time to replace a washer in it. My husband replaced the washer and now we have a nice fancy espresso maker and it saved it from the landfill!

Oooh, SCORE!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: BigBangMomma on August 12, 2019 10:23:01 AM
That's a win-win for you, but makes me wonder what else that household gets rid of because of not wanting to replace a small part. I'm glad she didn't just send it to the landfill, though.


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 12, 2019 10:25:14 AM
That's a win-win for you, but makes me wonder what else that household gets rid of because of not wanting to replace a small part. I'm glad she didn't just send it to the landfill, though.


I know!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on August 12, 2019 05:12:08 PM
That's awesome Kittykill! Around these parts we have repair cafes where one can bring appliances and things that need sewing or mending or soldering or whatnot, and they'll help you fix it for free!

Just found this thread, happy to follow and add in when I can!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 12, 2019 05:19:38 PM
Oh wow, I have espresso machine envy! That is a fantastic score.

A friend was helping his friend with a job, reno or some such, and a couple in the neighbourhood the job was in put a practically brand new gas stove on the curb AND a washer and dryer. Needless to say, friend replaced his stuff with this finer bunch of machines and still can't get over how they were just throwing out perfectly good high end stuff because a year after purchasing new they'd decided to redecorate.

I feel sad thinking about that story actually. Humans are such needlessly wasteful creatures. I'm so thankful for this topic and you folks. Gives me hope.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 12, 2019 05:42:00 PM
I admit we have had plenty of freebie or dumpster dive scores aplenty.  Recently I nabbed a complete 100$ tent and a canopy awning from the bins at the Kenai river while dipnetting salmon... perfectly fine!  We have a throw away one use society...  I am the mom all the kids and my own friends brought their clothes to mend to... In fact DD#2 brought home 4 pairs for me to fix... shes been away at college 2 years... LOL and in my mending basket I discovered 2 pairs my DD#1 left here last year I forgot about haha... my husband and I thrift all the time and find tons of items that have plenty of life in them... I love the idea of those cafes how cool?!  I have it on my list to make shampoo and toothpaste and perhaps laundry soap... 


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: BigBangMomma on August 12, 2019 06:37:56 PM
That reminds me....do any of you make your own hand lotion?


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 12, 2019 06:45:03 PM
I have, it's greasy. There are ingredients you can use to emulsify oils with watery ingredients but I've never tried any.


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on August 13, 2019 08:17:51 AM
That reminds me....do any of you make your own hand lotion?

I have! I did a Craftster Quickie for lotion bars and then made my own body butter and did a tutorial on here. It is super duper easy! I've also made a C-ster quickie for lip balm, and for reusable produce bags. LOL!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 13, 2019 02:01:24 PM
I have and I agree it was greasy... coconut oil based...


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Riechan on August 13, 2019 02:02:36 PM
I so have to look up those lotion bars! I made toilet bombs that are okay. Once our dishwasher soap (for in the machine) is gone I'll make some of that too!

I'm also a thrift diver, sadly we don't have as large thrift centers as the US. We are building our first home in February so I am already on the look out to free, cheap items, which we love, and can recycle. Plus with our 3 guinea pigs, I'm always on the look out for old blankets that I can turn into tunnels and bedding and stuff!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 13, 2019 04:28:31 PM
For home stuff we utilize Habitat for Humanity Restore often.  Do you have one locally? 


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Riechan on August 14, 2019 12:49:19 AM
For home stuff we utilize Habitat for Humanity Restore often.  Do you have one locally? 

I checked the website, they don't have stores in Belgium.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 14, 2019 03:14:46 AM
For home stuff we utilize Habitat for Humanity Restore often.  Do you have one locally? 

I checked the website, they don't have stores in Belgium.

 Oh geez.. sorry I didnt look at your profile... my bad!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: audio on August 14, 2019 09:44:13 PM
I'm quite a thrifty shopper, luckily we have a dozen thrift stores within fifteen minutes of my apartment. I go multiple times a week, all the toys I've gotten for my LO have all been thrifted. a couple dozen toys and nothing over $3!

I also get kitchen stuff, craft supplies and most of my clothes at thrift stores! My amazing find recently was nearly a whole bolt of fusible fleece for $3. Now I just need time to sew!

I need to check out the restore, they just moved our to right next to the best goodwill In the area!

I need to pull my cotton yarn out that I got to make dishcloths, I can work on them when LO is playing!

I have yarn


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Audania1 on August 15, 2019 07:05:49 PM
I've been quite the lurker - sorry! I am really excited that this has turned into a craft-a-long, too.
I've made make up remover pads, soap savers, washcloths, face lotion (though I want to find a less greasy recipe that doesn't use coconut oil), bath salts, and soap.  I want to make un-paper towels, reusable produce bags, lotion bars, and those crazy sponges. :)


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on August 16, 2019 02:03:19 PM
Has anyone made the reusable trash bin liners yet? I have to use special bigger town trash bags to put it out for pick up but I would like to use smaller bin liners for in the house if possible to avoid double bagging the garbage.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on August 18, 2019 07:07:29 PM
Has anyone made the reusable trash bin liners yet? I have to use special bigger town trash bags to put it out for pick up but I would like to use smaller bin liners for in the house if possible to avoid double bagging the garbage.

I haven't made liners, but I generally only put a bag in the kitchen and a big one in the garage. All other trash receptacles are solid containers that get washed when they get eewy. And the kitchen trash tends to stay pretty clean, actually, since we compost. Any meat or cheese wrappers get bundled in a bread or coffee bean bag in the freezer to keep them stink-free and out of the clutches of our nosy feline.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on August 18, 2019 10:31:49 PM
I loooove thrift stores, and the Habitat for Humanity store. Clothes, and a lot of my crafting materials.
I do need to be more frugal/less waste...I know there'll be good ideas in this thread!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 22, 2019 04:22:53 AM
Literally started this and haven't posted a darn thing!!  I haven't been crafting too much on this last few weeks... Did help my DD#2 make herself a drawstring grocery bag though, no pics, didn't think about it! I was going to post on my face scrubbies, but didn't... hangs head... bad craftalong organizer! 

one more night of work, maybe this week I can do somethin!  My DD#2 left home to Wisconsin on Monday after 2 weeks and DD#1 and likely someday SIL#1 are coming from NY for a 2 week visit; so not certain of my craft time!!!! oh and the fair starts



Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on August 29, 2019 04:34:00 PM
Has anyone made the reusable trash bin liners yet? I have to use special bigger town trash bags to put it out for pick up but I would like to use smaller bin liners for in the house if possible to avoid double bagging the garbage.

I have! I use them for the little trash cans in the bathroom and the laundry room. We have to use special bags for our trash, so I can't avoid those, but I'm trying not to take plastic bags from stores (I'm still not good at remembering my cloth shopping bags). I have been saving the advertising flyers that arrive in my weekly mail. Here's the link to the liners I made last year: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453028.0  I now have cotton thread, so my next batch will be 100% biodegradable.

I'm really glad to see this thread! I want to make some reusable Swiffer floor pads, some Swiffer dusters, and some unpaper towels (I just saw a pretty non-fussy version... I think I pinned it, so I can add it when I start my Zero Waste board). After I get through the start of school (just wrapped up day 3- only 177 more to go!), I can start a couple of projects.

ETA: Okay, since I'm a bit too brain-dead to get any actual work done, I went to Pinterest and pulled a bunch of my pins into a new Zero Waste board: https://www.pinterest.com/msgouldams/zero-waste/


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 29, 2019 06:32:00 PM
I wondered how that works exactly... how do you dump the trash just empty into the trash bin for pick up?  I thought they would frown on loose trash


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on August 29, 2019 07:21:45 PM
At my school, we put our recycling in big wheeled bins, and nothing is bagged up. They have lids, so as long as they arenít overflowing, stuff is contained. Iíd imagine that if you had regular trash in a similar bin, it could work the same way.

I have to buy special city trash bags, which funds the recycling program. The idea is that of you recycle more, you wonít have as much trash, so you wonít have to buy as many bags. If I could manage to compost better, Iíd probably only need one bag a month for my regular trash.

This is making me wonder about how trash was managed before plastic bags were around. I know there was more recycling of glass and metal, and I assume everything else just went in the trash can. Probably was a little messy, because bags do tend to keep the trash tidy, most of the time.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on August 29, 2019 10:27:36 PM
When I was little, we were in a rural area with no garbage pickup. Food scraps-added to the dog's food. Vegetable matter-dumped on the garden. Had a burn barrel. Trash emptied into that and burned. Had a bucket under the sick for glass and metal cans. We'd  rinse the can, take off the tops and bottoms, place inside the can, step on the can to flatten it to save space. Dump bucket into another outside barrel when full. When that barrel and the burn barrel were full, they were dumped into a sinkhole.
Parents were soo glad when the area grew and they got garbage pickup!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 30, 2019 12:00:37 AM
When I was little, we were in a rural area with no garbage pickup. Food scraps-added to the dog's food. Vegetable matter-dumped on the garden. Had a burn barrel. Trash emptied into that and burned. Had a bucket under the sick for glass and metal cans. We'd  rinse the can, take off the tops and bottoms, place inside the can, step on the can to flatten it to save space. Dump bucket into another outside barrel when full. When that barrel and the burn barrel were full, they were dumped into a sinkhole.
Parents were soo glad when the area grew and they got garbage pickup!


same here, burned all burnable trash, what scraps dog didn't eat or chickens, went in compost worm pile... we dug our worms for fishing from this... haha... no recycling back then anywhere in our area...


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on August 30, 2019 12:03:33 AM
my DD#1 and I made two matching plastic bag holders for her apartment in NY.  I told her the idea was to get rid of the plastic bags... haha... but she said she had so many already that she uses for various things and so we made them this morning... I really need to remember to take photos of these things!  I will post a pic of the end result tomorrow if I remember to do so


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on September 01, 2019 05:31:10 AM
Hello to September!!!

I am on Pinterest thinking of ways to spark our ZERO WASTE creativity!  Posting new links on the OG post... Ziploc Bag alternatives, soap savers, DIY deodorant, dishwashing and laundry soap links!

Hope all is well, its Harvest time for many of us... something I am not good at yet is saving seeds from my crops... that's on my list as well as some canning.  Do you grow any veggies?  If so, do you can or freeze or have other storage methods? Do you forage? If so what? Every year I intend to do more, but I haven't yet... I want to foray into natural dyeing next year... does anyone here utilize natural sources for dyeing fabric or yarn?  I also intend to do better at foraging for medicinal purposes as well as for my spiritual practice...

Hope to hear from you all soon!!  Post some pics!  I will do my best to get some up from what I have made my DD#1 so far, the other DD#2 took her goods home already... haha.



Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on September 01, 2019 07:21:30 AM
I just got my first order of bamboo toothbrushes (from Brush With Bamboo). Iím trying to swap at least 1 item a month (hopefully more, but I want to keep my goal attainable).

I just read an article about a teacher who wore the same dress for the first 100 days of school, and while I donít think I can do that, itís given me food for thought on my own wardrobe...


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on September 02, 2019 03:00:42 AM
Helped my DD#1s BFF construct this apron from thrift store fabric remnants and vintage bed sheets... she picked her fabrics from my stash with input from DD#1 and myself.  We both helped her learn how to cut a pattern with an exisying apron... and how to stitch it up and create pockets and fussy cut elements...and while I finished the apron DD#1 read her BFFs Tarot..   





Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on September 02, 2019 05:46:54 AM
Very nice! I have never been able to find vintage bedsheets at any of my local thrift stores. They can be used for so many things!


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Post by: Riechan on September 03, 2019 12:57:25 AM
@faemystique I think you are reading my mind because our dishsoap is almost gone and I was thinking of making some myself! :D

Love the apron!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 03, 2019 05:02:58 AM
I bought some bamboo toothbrushes a couple weeks ago, we've had them before and liked them. There were also coconut bowls which I've always loved but I didn't want to spend any more money. On a whim I checked aliexpress and sure enough, the exact same items are listed there for a fraction of the price. I do like supporting local vendors and stores but... that's where they are getting their wares themselves. I will order directly from the source as often as possible to save cash. It feels like the shipping and packaging offset any environmental savings in a way but, again, that's where stores and vendors are getting their items so it's all the same in the end.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on September 03, 2019 06:28:11 PM
We have a local natural foods store (it's where I pick up my CSA), and I might have to head inside next week to see what they have for "green" options. I know they have a bulk section (beats driving 30 minutes to Wegmans), but I don't know what's in the bulk bins. I'd also like to check to see if they have any plastic free toothpaste options.

I'm trying to buy more items locally, but sometimes, things just aren't available...


Title: Re: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ant Bee on September 04, 2019 05:27:24 AM
I've made the swiffer covers (knitted cotton) and they worked great. I liked that they stayed on a bit better than the flat disposables. If you decide to make any just make sure to check the measurements as I believe the swiffer brand "mop" thing has changed sizes in the past so some of the older patterns out there might not fit quite right on a newer "mop" thing.


I'm trying to buy more items locally, but sometimes, things just aren't available...

I know what you mean there. I've been mostly "doing without" things I can't find locally but there's only so many things I can stop using in my life! haha.

Has anyone else read "The 100 mile Diet" before? It was really interesting. It's about a couple deciding to reduce their carbon footprint who set out to eat food that had only traveled to them from within 100 miles. They lived in NYC I want to say, so it was interesting to have nothing really to the east and be in the Northern part of the country so a limited growing season compared to warmer climes. I read it probably years ago (probably 10 years but I never do the math! haha.)  I remember enjoying it. 

I've been wanting to try the bamboo toothbrushes, I think I'll get some for the next switch out.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on September 04, 2019 03:52:38 PM
The 100 Mile Diet sounds like Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - which I loved! I will check that one out.

That apron is super cute fae! Sheets are a great source of fabric.

I've been doing some canning and hope to do much more - so far it's blueberries (whole spirited, syrup, and no-sugar jam) and corn relish. Lots of frozen corn and berries as well.





I'm also attempting to make apple cider vinegar with waste apples - some that had bad spots, and some tart crab apples from a tree by my house.



Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 04, 2019 07:25:36 PM
I love her fiction and when I heard she'd written a foodie book I so wanted to love it but couldn't get past the first couple chapters. I have to try again, she's an excellent writer and that stuff is so up my alley.

I miss canning. Moving to the city from a farm community is a big change. We used to forage all summer long too. I'm convinced a lack of summer mulberries is affecting my health, lol.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftADDchick on September 05, 2019 02:32:44 PM
I canít remember if I have her book, but I know that one of my earliest canning adventures was making her progressive canning recipe. You start with a big batch of something (tomatoes, I think), and use a portion for something like a sauce, to whatís left, you add some more stuff (line peaches, I think), to make a BBQ sauce or something and can a portion, then with the last bit, you add more stuff and end up with the final product (like a chutney). I donít know if thatís what the recipe actually made, but the concept was really neat, and it was actually fun to do!


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 05, 2019 03:42:21 PM
I always just canned tomato on it's own, that way it can be turned into whatever else you want it to become as you need it. One year we ended up with a lot of spicy salsa nobody wanted to eat and no pasta sauce which everybody wanted to eat, lol.
We visited a friend last weekend who has a large garden and is a canning machine, her kitchen was FULL of jars! I meant to buy pickles and jam from her but forgot in the busyness of our visit, I'm so sad about that. I love canned goodies, they are the best.


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Post by: craftADDchick on September 06, 2019 06:36:27 PM
I've been running into that problem with canning- my friend and I often can in double batches so we can each have more than one jar of it to take home, but I'm finding that my family doesn't really want anything I'm making (my mom lives in FL for most of the year, so she's too far away; my SIL gets gifted canned goods from her choir members, so she already has more than she wants; my sister is picky about what she gets, plus she's on the keto diet). My brother likes anything pickled, just about, so there's that. I'm trying to work my way through things. I have goods going back to 2014! If they look suspect, out they go... I did just polish of a jar of chai spiced ground cherry preserves from a few years back, and haven't died yet :) We didn't do as much canning this year (only once, so far... but next Sunday is on the calendar), so I haven't been flooded with stuff to use or give away.

Next year, I'm hoping to start a container garden (if I can figure out how to critter-proof it (deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds) in my urban neighborhood) and I'll plant things I like, and can easily can. I joined a CSA again this year and alternated weeks with a friend, and I've been disappointed in the offerings. If I had a cookbook named "1000 Things To Do With Kale, Chard, and Chives" I would have been all set. I couldn't even can with what I got for other veggies. One week, I got 2 tiny beets. Two weeks later, I got one large beet. One week, a single tiny zucchini, and then the next time, one large one. I feel like I was the queen of food waste this summer :(  I did find a co-worker who was a happy recipient of last week's greens, so that was great. I wish I had known sooner!

I've been making yogurt in my Instant Pot, and I have been using up my jam and jam-like goods in my daily serving at lunch. I'm making a dent... And, I think I might just start cooking meats and chicken in the various sauces in the IP and then freezing them for future dinners.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on September 07, 2019 02:31:21 AM
Canning isn't really a thing here. I do make a lot of jam and jellies, but not canned veggies. You can't buy canning supplies here.

I'm jealous of the lovely stacks of canned stuff that people make.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on September 07, 2019 03:47:58 AM
Canning isn't really a thing here. I do make a lot of jam and jellies, but not canned veggies. You can't buy canning supplies here.

I'm jealous of the lovely stacks of canned stuff that people make.

I wonder why that might be you think?  Didn't they can in the older days though?  interesting...


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on September 07, 2019 09:44:31 AM
Canning isn't really a thing here. I do make a lot of jam and jellies, but not canned veggies. You can't buy canning supplies here.

I'm jealous of the lovely stacks of canned stuff that people make.

I wonder why that might be you think?  Didn't they can in the older days though?  interesting...

Nah, in the olden days they survived on potatoes-until the famine then a lot of them died or emigrated. The ones that survived stuck to a diet of potatoes and other root veg. I guess there was never an abundance of fruit or vegetables that could be preserved for winter.  Apples keep fairly well if stored properly, ditto root veg. The diet was pretty basic


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on September 10, 2019 03:15:20 AM
canning is something I somewhat took for granted, never thought about it being something not done in other places... come to Alaska we can get our canning on!!  come in late july early august... hehe


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on September 12, 2019 01:26:45 PM
canning is something I somewhat took for granted, never thought about it being something not done in other places... come to Alaska we can get our canning on!!  come in late july early august... hehe

Alaska is on my bucket list, but I saw an animated short once about black flies, so I kinda assume that you spend most of the summer spitting them out. Much like most people assume that we are constantly surrounded by by leprechauns here.


Ok so it turns out that that animated short isn't even Alaskan! Strange how weird stuff gets even weirder in your brain (or that might be just mine)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C256kRRQaDE


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on September 12, 2019 06:18:08 PM
Haha well having camped in the wild bush of Ontario most of my life [i was weaned off the bottle there when 2 bear cubs lost their mom and my family fed them with my formula instead... thats how wild WE roll... I can attest that at least their huge mean blood drilling monstrous mosquitos can rival some in our Alaskan bush as well... lol and if there was a reason I am sure flies would be a problem in some places... but here I deal with far less flies than in NW Wisconsin which is just south of Ontario... which the song IS about haha.


Title: Re: Zero Waste Frugal RRR Craftalong
Post by: edelC on September 14, 2019 12:37:48 AM
Haha well having camped in the wild bush of Ontario most of my life [i was weaned off the bottle there when 2 bear cubs lost their mom and my family fed them with my formula instead... thats how wild WE roll... I can attest that at least their huge mean blood drilling monstrous mosquitos can rival some in our Alaskan bush as well... lol and if there was a reason I am sure flies would be a problem in some places... but here I deal with far less flies than in NW Wisconsin which is just south of Ontario... which the song IS about haha.


So you're milk sister to two bears? That's very cool.