How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into an Adorable Table Runner

How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into an Adorable Table Runner

Wondering what to do with your old Christmas tree? You can always compost or donate it, but let’s take a creative approach to waste… Why not upcycle it?!

Today I’m going to show you how to upcycle your Christmas Tree into a gorgeous spring table runner.

Save some money, learn how to think outside the box about waste, and break that West Elm addiction!

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5 Easy, Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree Needles

5 Easy, Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree Needles

As I mentioned before, the real versus artificial Christmas tree environmental impact debate 100% hinges on the assumption that you are treating your Christmas tree as a single use disposable item.

Here are 5 ways to easily upcycle the needles from your Christmas tree that will allow you to get just a little more out of your ole holiday decoration.

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How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into Non-toxic Vinegar-Based Cleaning Solution

How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into Non-toxic Vinegar-Based Cleaning Solution

All our arguments about which is more eco-friendly, an artificial or natural Christmas tree, are predicated on the idea that your Christmas tree is a single use, disposable item. Here’s the reality: there are a million ways to upcycle your Christmas tree. Today, we’re staring with DIY Christmas Tree Vinegar Cleaner

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4 Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Zero Waste Dried Orange Garland (That Aren’t Food)

4 Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Zero Waste Dried Orange Garland (That Aren’t Food)

Orange garlands are one of my favorite zero waste Christmas decorations. They’re beautiful, they smell amazing, and they’re compostable, assuming you use plant-based twine and thread. But isn’t it a shame to only use them as a decoration and then throw them out? Guess what, there are actually a number of ways to upcycle your dried orange garland! Waste not, want not, y’all!

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How to Upcycle Wrapping Paper into Boho Paper Bead Necklaces

How to Upcycle Wrapping Paper into Boho Paper Bead Necklaces

When we last left off on Compost and Cava, I was sitting upon a mountain of used wrapping paper in my paper crown, wondering how the heck I was going to upcycle it all…. which leads us to today’s post on how to turn your old gift wrap into beautiful recycled paper beads!

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DIY Paper Banner from Upcycled Wrapping Paper

DIY Paper Banner from Upcycled Wrapping Paper

Wondering what to do with used wrapping paper? I’ve got another quick and easy no-spend DIY! Click on through for a DIY Paper Banner from Upcycled Wrapping Paper to upcycle your gift bags and gift wrap into a pretty New Years Eve paper banner!

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DIY 3D Wrapping Paper from Upcycled Shopping Bags

DIY 3D Wrapping Paper from Upcycled Shopping Bags

When this beautiful Ann Taylor LOFT shopping bag wandered into my life, I saw potential. Then upon inspection, I saw the “LOFT loves the environment… please reuse this bag, and then recycle it” stamp on the bottom.

Oh Ann, you saucy minx. Game on.

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Rich, Healthy Broccoli Leek Soup (Meal Without Plastic)

Rich, Healthy Broccoli Leek Soup (Meal Without Plastic)

What’s the big deal about this Rich, Healthy Broccoli Leek Soup?

It’s delicious, it’s easily adaptable to gluten free or vegan, it’s done in 45 minutes or less, it’s packed with nutrients, it’s thick, satisfying, and filling, and it’s easily a zero waste recipe!

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Mulberry Strawberry Basil Shrub: Savor the Season

Mulberry Strawberry Basil Shrub: Savor the Season

I love the ritual of savoring a beverage, no matter what it is.

And when it’s a homemade mulberry shrub made from foraged berries, you win bonus points!

Today on the blog, how and why we’re going to savor the season all summer long. Pinkies out, bottoms up! Let’s do this.

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Best Loquat Peach Salsa

Best Loquat Peach Salsa

It's raining loquats in north Florida, which means I'm out here with buckets doing my happy dance. 

Most people aren't familiar with the loquat, and don't realize it's edible. 

For those living in areas with loquats (most of the Southeast and California in the US, though they can be found worldwide), these tasty fruits are a delicious, low-impact food source. And loquats make one HELL of a fruit salsa. Click through for my Loquat Peach Salsa recipe!

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Ultimate Mulberry Peach Cobbler with Rosemary Topping (Waste Not Want Not)

Ultimate Mulberry Peach Cobbler with Rosemary Topping (Waste Not Want Not)

You may have noticed I love food. I consider it a sport and I'm going pro, y'all.

Today we're delving into native berries and low impact food sources... in the form of a delectable mulberry cobbler.

Cobbler for the planet, y'all

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Kumquat Cardamom Liqueur Recipe (Waste Not Want Not Challenge)

Kumquat Cardamom Liqueur Recipe (Waste Not Want Not Challenge)

Whenever you stumble across backyard-grown, pesticide-free, locally-grown food, you absolutely should make the most of it. 

After wading through oodles of kumquats in my last Waste Not Want Not Challenge, I decided to use up the last of the kumquats in quick and easy kumquat cardamom liqueur... which was a well deserved treat after a long working weekend! 

Click through for the step by step on making kumquat infused vodka, kumquat cardamom vodka liqueur, and a Spiced Kumquat Splash! 

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