Zero-Waste DIYs Save Money & The Environment

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Single-use plastics like cling wrap, sandwich bags, and more are things everyone on the planet should reduce their use of. Not sure how? Here’s where to start.

Start with using reusable versions of what you already have: fabric-made bowl covers, beeswax wraps, and snack bags, for example. They’re easy to make and make an impact!

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Check out The DIY Mommy‘s video below for more on how this is done, but here are the basic instructions.

Beeswax Wraps

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  • 100% cotton
  • beeswax
  • jojoba oil
  • pinking sheers
  • iron
  • parchment paper
  • old towel

Cut your fabric to the size and shape you’d like it to be. Then, grate your beeswax if it’s not in pellet form. Lay out an old towel, followed by some parchment paper and your fabric of choice.

Sprinkle your beeswax over the fabric and drip on some jojoba oil as well. Cover with parchment paper and use a hot iron to iron the beeswax until it melts. You won’t need a ton of heat. 

Push around the beeswax with the iron until everything is thoroughly coated. Trim with pinking sheers if necessary. Now it should work like cling wrap does!

Bowl Covers

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  • “windbreaker-like” fabric, or something similar
  • elastic
  • pinking sheers
  • pins
  • sewing machine

Cut your fabric into a circle large enough to fit your bowl into. Basically you’ll just be attaching the elastic to the underside of your fabric, making sure the elastic is tighter than the fabric itself.

Now you can use it to seal off bowls! Watch the video below for more instructions on this.

Snack Bags

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  • laminated cotton fabric
  • scissors
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • hook & loop tape (velcro)

All you’ll be doing here is sewing up a bag that is made with the laminate fabric on both the inside and the outside. Cut and iron (on the NON-laminated side) to get the fabric to size.

Then, sew it on itself to make both sides laminated, add your velcro, and sew on to itself again to form the final snack bag. The DIY Mommy has some that are over 6 years old, so they last forever!

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