April is Earth Month
April is Earth Month, and I have been brainstorming new ways to waste less and recycle more. I am joining in the #LessWasteChallenge this month and am pledging to reduce 1 lb of waste per week, through the month of April (and maybe longer!).
One of the easiest ways to waste less is to upcycle bath and beauty containers once the product is gone. Soap, shampoo and even mouthwash containers can be re-purposed in a thousand different ways! You can transform them into utensil holders, storage for children’s art supplies, or even diy plant pots. Re-purposing items that you’re going to throw away is such a great way to waste less, and get some really cool, inexpensive house decor in the process!
DIY Plant Pots
I will tell you right now, these are super easy to make. I am a bit craft-challenged, so I am only able to do crafts or DIYs that require menial abilities. To make these DIY Plant Pots, you will need:
- An empty plastic container (I used a Tom’s of Maine® Mouthwash bottle)
- Spray paint of your choice
I picked up most of my supplies (including that adorable Plant Something sign) at Target, and used their Cartwheel offer to snag a great deal!
How to Make DIY Plant Pots:
Start by removing any labels on the container. Once you peel off the label, if you have any residual glue, I have found that olive oil does a great job of painlessly removing the glue. Once the container is label-free and dry, cut off the top of the container, getting the edges as even as possible. Next, you’ll place your container on cardboard (or another surface you don’t mind getting paint on), and you’ll apply spray paint to all sides. Do this outside, or a very well ventilated area. Allow to dry. Once completely dry, fill the container 3/4 full with soil. Take the plant you’re potting, and gently remove as much dirt from the roots as possible. Gently place roots down into the soil of the new pot, and fill in soil around the roots and base of the plant. Gently pack in as much soil as possible around the plants. Lightly water, and press down the soil once more, adding more soil if necessary. Place your DIY Plant Pot in its new home and water as needed. And enjoy!
Get the Kids Involved!
This is a great activity to do with kids! My 6 year old helped select the plants we planted, and she settled on succulents after we discussed how little water they take to survive. Then she selected the color of spray paint for the pot.
I did the cutting and spray painting, but once that was done, she helped me transfer the plants, and was amazed as we talked about the purpose of roots. It was such a fun (and educational) activity for her 🙂
Switch to Natural Personal Care Products
To help celebrate Earth Month, consider swapping out your personal and oral care products with natural products that are better you AND the environment.
Many years ago, I switched my toothpaste over to Tom’s of Maine®, and since then, I have become brand loyal to their other products as well! Tom’s of Maine® is a great company to support, because they make their products without artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives. Their products are packaged in recyclable materials through TerraCycle®.
They don’t test on animals, and 10% of their profits go to human and environmental goodness. They are helping families bring better-for-you products into their homes, while keeping waste out of landfills, to help future generations. Tom’s of Maine® has some exciting products that you can only find exclusively at Target: Sensitive Fragrance-Free body wash and soap bar, Kid’s Gel, and Toddler Value Pack.
My kids have been using Tom’s of Maine® toothpaste since they had teeth to brush, so we were excited to try the Kid’s Gel. They both loved the flavor, and I love that it’s dye free and natural! I hope you’ll pledge to join the #LessWasteChallenge this month! Share your efforts and ideas on your social media, to inspire others to participate. Together, we can make a big and positive impact on the environment!
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