zerowaste

Going Zero Waste | Beeswax Wraps

In an effort to transition into a more low-waste home, another product I wanted to get rid from our kitchen was the saran wrap. After looking at alternative products on other blogs and Etsy, I realized making the switch proved fairly simple. First of all, if you don’t want to make anything, just invest in glass containers with lids. Done. No need for saran wrap. We have a few glass containers with lids for keeping our leftovers but I also wanted the option of having some type of thin cover to throw over a bowl that didn’t have an accompanying lid. Hence, beeswax wraps. (more…)

DIY | Unpaper Towels

We are slowly going zero-waste in the Henry Home. It’s been a slow journey but we try to make cuts on disposable items where we can in our home. Awhile ago, I blogged about the reusable napkins I made out of upcycled bed linen. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to try to make unpaper towels. Fast forward to a year later when I am 9 months pregnant and frantically trying to finish all my sewing projects, I present to you DIY Unpaper Towels!

Ideally, you can use old scraps of fabrics (old cotton t-shirts, flannel bed sheets, old towels, etc.) you have lying around. Or you can thrift some fabrics from old linen. However, I went a little overboard when I found out I was pregnant and bought a bunch of flannel fabric for the baby. I made a bunch of cloth wipes for the baby since we will be cloth diapering but still had some left over flannel. I figured this would be a good time to work on some unpaper towels and use up my supply of flannel. (more…)

Farmer’s Market Haul

When Russ and I took a day off for our anniversary, we mostly walked around San Diego to visit random sites and eat lots of food. One of the stops we had was unplanned but I really wanted to look around – it was a street fair farmer’s market. I am a sucker of homegrown food and handmade items so we decided to look around.

We didn’t buy any produce but we did walk away with a great (small) haul. Here they are:

Laundry Detergent  

Got Russ some natural deodorant because it scares me to know how many chemicals are in deodorant – and it goes directly into your skin and soaks into your pores in order to stop sweat. So instead, why not go natural?

This one is from a family who have a little farm in inland San Diego. I don’t think this is my (or Russell’s) favorite natural deodorant brand, because it actually seeps through your shirt and leaves a white mark. But I do like the man we met when buying this. He was very genuine about his products.

(more…)

Reusing Our Orange Garland

Remember the orange garland I made for my living room? It’s since been replaced with dried flowers, but I didn’t want to waste the dried oranges I had.

Oranges

So instead, I cut off a strand and put one up in my kitchen, near my sink. With my white kitchen (that took forever to paint, ugh) and white walls, the oranges look amazing. So here’s a little snippet of my lonesome kitchen decor. (more…)