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Comment by Liz on March 31, 2009 at 10:39am
Nancy, I'd love to show you some eco-friendly crafts for kids. Want to have a brainstorming session?

Here's a project I did in February. It's an old frame covered with fabric and vintage upholstery buttons:


I'm sure it can be adapted for kids. Maybe on repurposed cardboard and old buttons? The buttons are pretty easy to come by, there are often huge lots of them on eBay (by the pound!).

Does your collaging friend have a website?
Comment by Nancy Spruiell on March 31, 2009 at 10:32am
Carolyn, my husband drinks the juice..and the the leftover dressing from salad after we eat it (we use olive oil, lemon & salt to dress all of our salads).

Liz, what a great idea! Freeze the scraps & make stock? I'm allover that one! Cutting up plastic bags & crocheting them? hmm don't know how to crochet, but love the idea!! I'm in charge of arts & crafts for a children's program I volunteer with. I would love for you to teach me an eco-friendly craft that I could do with them (ages 8 - 14). (I'm always thinking, but haven't come up with anything else... although a friend is an artist and makes GORGEOUS collages from magazines (and sells them)!
Comment by Liz on March 31, 2009 at 10:03am
Thanks for starting the discussion, Nancy!

As for food, I save all vegetable scraps (onion butts, carrot tops, leek greens, broccoli stalks, etc) in the freezer. Once I've got enough to fill the 12 quart stock pot, I load it up and make stock.

When it comes to other trash, I save a lot of plastic things. I have a huge collection and have some crafting ideas. The one I'm working on right now is making plastic "yarn" by cutting up plastic bags into strips and then crocheting them. I'm currently making a yoga mat bag this way.
Comment by Carolyn Gilles on March 31, 2009 at 9:57am
Nancy, this is great! The "juice" leftover from cooking is also very nutritious. Sometimes I drink it when I cook greens with garlic...yum! An omelet is a fantastic idea.
Comment by Nancy Spruiell on March 31, 2009 at 9:54am
No posts here on such a great topic? Ok, well let me start.. my husband thinks I might have gone overboard a little. This week I saved (instead of throwing away) and plan to recycle:

1) butter/oil/garlic combo that we drained from zucchini before we added it to a pasta sauce we were making. Instead of just throwing it away, I put it in a small condiment cup & plan to use it to make an omelette within a couple of days.

2) The extra powdered sugar from a box of Turkish Delight. Saved this and figure I can use it anywhere I use powdered sugar, or in my coffee.

What about you?
Comment by Carolyn Gilles on February 19, 2009 at 5:01pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/garden/19worms.html?_r=1
 

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