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Give Kitchen Trash a Second Life–35 Quick Tips

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Give Kitchen Trash a Second Life–35 Quick Tips

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!

Egg Shells
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!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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9:13AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Thank you for the tips.

12:52PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thank you for good tips.

11:26AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013


11:08AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Great tips,very useful thanks for sharing

1:20AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Useful tips to start using right away... Thank you...

2:01AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Thank you so much for the estimte for the barthoon and you would going to spend a eexternidi2h

12:39PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Great tips--thanks.

3:23AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thank you

12:18PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Wow. Lots of great suggestions here.

3:24AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011


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