By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Healthy & Green Living
Old tea leaves in the litter box? Grapefruit peels for a skin tonic? You can get pretty creative with your kitchen trash when, say, the eleven families in your eleven-family building fill up the compost bin in a month and you’re left having to throw perfectly good food trash away! Maybe you aren’t able to compost–or you don’t have a recycling program that composts for you. For whatever reason, if you find yourself tossing those earnest, used coffee grounds in the trash or pouring out that last splash of wine in the bottom of a bottle–give them a second life!
• Cleaned egg shells can be sprinkled on the ground in the garden to deter garden pests and provide nourishment to the soil.
• Make some ridiculously cute seed-starting pots, here’s how.
• Help nesting birds–save the (calcium-rich!) shells of eggs you use. Grind up the egg shells and stir them into cornmeal, sprinkle the cornmeal/calcium mix around the feeders, on a platform if available.
Next: Creative ways to revitalize fruit and vegetable peels, used coffee grounds, stale bread, leftover wine and more!