Recycling a plastic sushi container

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Every once in a while (okay almost every week), I get a craving for sushi from Pret A Manger on Hanover Street, but I always feel a little guilty because sushi comes in plastic containers. This time after enjoying my Japanese treat, I was determined to recycle every bit of the container, including the delightful retractable chopsticks (okay, I get excited when I see great design at work), a pretty carved bamboo toothpick and a neat little plastic soy sauce jar.

What you see above is the result. I'm using the plastic container to store paper beads that will eventually become a gorgeous necklace. Each compartment holds essentials to make the necklace and the soy bottle holds the needles I need. The retractable chopsticks will be used to knit up a couple of egg cosies when I find some yarn. As for the toothpick, well, there's no reason not to keep to its original function! 

Recycled gift wrap

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (0)


Here's an example of a Christmas gift wrapping made entirely of recycled materials. The box is made from two pieces of cardboard from a larger box, the ribbon and bells are from a box of chocolates that I received last year and the label is made from cardstock and stamped with an appropriate message for the gift. The tiny tools are also recycled from a gift I received years ago. I used press-on letters from a sheet of Letraset that I found in a drawer.


If I wanted to be more 'Martha', I could have added a sprig of cedar or some red berries from the garden but that would have meant going outside and it's too cold (-20) for that!


Cost for gift 'wrap': $0.


Cleaning out my kitchen drawers gave me more than enough to work with. What do you have hidden in yours?

Recycling Ideas for Advent Calendars

Posted on November 15, 2009 at 10:39 AM Comments comments (0)

It's very easy to make your own Advent calendars from materials you have around the house rather than wasting time and gas going to the mall for the store-bought versions. Making your own means you can personalize them as well.



The above Advent calendar was made entirely of recycled materials from around the house. You can also make a very simple Advent calendar using a metal cookie sheet and glue small magnets to the backs of the match boxes. (I cut up small pieces from those advertising magnets I get from local retailers.) Be sure the cookie sheet is not aluminum as that metal is not magnetic.


Cost to make calendar: $2.00 (for the glue)