Low-waste recipes and DIY · Non classé

Hits and misses of a low-waste life

Since we’ve been trying to reduce our waste, we’ve also tested lots of recipes and tips to lower our waste. Some of them were great and have become parts of our routine, and others, were, well, not so great. Keep in mind that it’s only our experience, and that you might end up loving what we hate and vice-versa!! The best way to know is to try and see what works for you!!

Hits and Misses of the Zero Waste Lifestyle
The amount of trash we produce is horrific, let’s face it. Photo by Bas Emmen on Unsplash

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Refashioning a refashion, and the problem with cheap sewing supplies

As I reviewed my wardrobe last week, I realized that I was not wearing my high-school graduation tee-shirt, despite having refashioned it to better suit me. It went from weird XL shirt to cute top, but I would not wear it.

So I decided that it would not do, and thought about what I could do with it that would allow me to wear it. I have plenty of tops, but only two nightshirts, so I thought it could be a good idea!

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Easy chair upcycling!


We are in the process of redecorating our dining room – we take all our meals there, and we like to have family and friends over to share good food,  it’s a very important place in our appartment, and we would like for it to be a bit nicer. But instead of running to Ikea to buy new stuff -which is often our first impulse, let’s be honest- we’re trying to do it in a frugal, low-waste way!

Our 4 chairs are about 13 years old and in good condition, except for the seat cover: it’s straw, and with 2 children and a cat at home, it’s definitely seen better days. We’ve decided to see what we could do to make it look nicer, and comfier!


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Cut-off jeans, despair and eco-anxiety

A few weeks ago, I decided to cut off a pair of jeans. It’s a kid’s pair of jeans. I bought it second-hand years ago. My oldest wore it, and my youngest. It still fits her, but it had holes at the knees that I couldn’t possibly repair and that my daughter wasn’t very happy with (she’s too young to be into grunge clothes. Is that still a thing anyway??).

So I made shorts out of them. Simply cut them off just above the holes, folded them twice and back-stitched the hem with a contrasting (and daughter requested) pink thread. My daughter was pretty happy with them, and I was as well.

Refashion cut-off jeans
Holey jeans to cute shorts!

A little act of resistance in this crazy world, I thought!

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Low-waste recipes and DIY

Upcycling Christmas cards!

A quick post to complete my entry about Christmas wrapping! I’ve seen it here and there and wanted to test it with a few Christmas cards salvaged from work – we receive a few every year and they always end up in the trash bin, so no one fought me for them!

The idea is to keep only the decorated part, that’s not written on! You’ll need a few cards, a rotary cutter and a mat (or a good pair of scissors!) and a ruler. That’s it!


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First 2019 upcycling – with a new sewing machine!

My mother-in-law was kind enough to give me her sewing machine as a Christmas present, as she bought a newer, more sophisticated one. I immediately sold my old one on the French equivalent of Craigslist (it was gone in the afternoon!). The old one was a cheap supermarket brand, but it really did its job well for a few years and I’m happy that it will continue to do so for someone else!

My to-me-new sewing machine is a much fancier Brother model and I’m somewhat intimidated! Let’s see it:

Here it is!!

So, me and my new electronic friend had our eyes on a poor old 3yo top that is too small for my daughters, and could not be sold as such.

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