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Waste not want not

Posted by Head Chiquita on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 
If you find a lot of old materials in your craft room that are in good condition but you know you won't use them, get rid of them. You don't have to throw them away - instead you could donate them to a charity that collects art supplies for children going to school for the first time. There are also community art programmes that might benefit from them.

Doing this will bring even more joy to the pleasure of creating beautiful things (and you will have gained back some space to do what yo...


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Be responsible - think before you chuck!

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Ideally you should recycle old ink & toner cartridges. According to research done in the USA, each re-manufactured cartridge keeps approximately 1,3 kilograms of metal and plastic out of landfills and saves about 1,8 litres of oil.

Buy rechargeable batteries. It takes 1000 regular batteries to equal the lifespan of one rechargeable battery.

On that note make recycling bins readily available in your home and teach your family the value of recycling. Have a large bin for glas...


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Carpets in the beds

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Do you have an old carpet at home that you don't know what to do with? Well, I read recently that an OLD CARPET makes a PERFECT "weed mat" for  use on garden beds!

You lay it in and around your plants within the garden bed and it blocks any weeds from growing through but because it is porous, it still allows water through for your plants.


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Turn junk into cash

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

If you have decided to tidy up your space, resign yourself to the fact that you will have to turf many things out.

You may feel as if you're wasting so much money but if you focus on what you're trying to achieve AND organise a garage sale, you'll be able to recoup some money. So decide on a date, set the target, advertise in the local press and get it done. You'll feel enormously relieved you did.


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New life for jeans (and for shoes)

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Old jeans that you can't squeeze into anymore but really don't want to part with? Well, how about making a groovy shoe bag.

Cut 30cm off the bottom of one leg, sew up one end of this piece and hem the other so it can take a drawstring, thread a piece of cord around the top with a safety pin and pull tight. Voila, your shoes can now travel in your trendy jeans.


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Mulch with newspapers

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 
Not only do worms and your garden composter love old newspaper, why not also use it as 'weed suppressor' under mulch. AND remember you can use it to clean windows..
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Odds & sods for school projects

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Last year my sister forewarned me that the older her boys got, the more projects they had at school. She suggested therefore, that I get an old box and fill it with toilet rolls, small yoghurt containers, polystyrene trays, plastic straws, spoons etc etc etc which could be used to build the assortment of projects.

I took her advice and true-to-her prediction, my child needed this and that to build a bridge for technology. I was so excited when I calmly directed ...


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Jars - to storage - to decor

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

These are great for under the shelf storage of nails and other hardware items, beads, buttons and more. Attach the top to the bottom of the undershelf and screw the clear jars on and off as you need them. Great for garages, craft and sewing rooms, or anywhere you need see-through storage.

I also remember these small jars being used once by my child's Montessori school to make lanterns. They attached a wire around the top, made a handle with wire as well and twisted it to secu...


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From beer bottle to vase

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

If, like me, you enjoy dressing up your table or having a small flower next to your desk, you can achieve this without spending money.

I first saw this at my sister's house so all credit to her. She took an old, clear beer bottle, and after rinsing it, she used it to put a few flowers from the garden in. When I decided to do the same for my kitchen window sill, I spruced them up a little by tying some lovely coloured ribbon around them. So now I have I nice vase made from a b...


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Sheets & towels to animal shelters

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Donate old sheets and towels to a local animal shelter. These can be used to line the cages, clean up messes, dry off wet dogs, or provide warm bedding.


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Beauty samples

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

We get given a lot of those fancy beauty product samples but seldom do we actually use them. Recently, when talking to a client about how to save money, she told me that she LOVES beauty products and had quiet a collection so she decided to actually start using them. As a result, she has saved a lot of moola because she hasn't had to buy any beauty products for months! So, take advantage of all those freebies you're hoarding in your bathroom cabinet! (p.s. Thanks for the tip C...


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Letter holder from CDs

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

We all have old CDs at home that have been scratched and rendered unusable so why not save it from the bin!

Click here to find out how you do it (could be a great art and craft activity with your kids).


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Get rid of unwanted paper straight away

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : General Tips 

Paper is present everywhere - be it newspapers that you receive daily, mail, flyers, newsletters and notices. Leaving this unchecked can quickly add up to a lot of paper.

You should immediately upon reading it, decide if you're going to:
•    toss it in the bin;
•    keep it for future referral (only if you really need to);
•    recycle (either by dropping off at a depot or throwing it into a compost heap); or
•    shred it (one of the best buys I ever made was buyin...


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Recycle christmas cards

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 
If your used Christmas cards have a clear design or pattern on them, you could cut that out, laminate it, put a beautiful ribbon on the top and then use it as a Christmas decoration.
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