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When you have old clothing with too many holes or tears to donate to a thrift store, it may seem like the only available option left is to throw your clothing in the trash. This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. Rather than throwing poor-quality clothing in the garbage, explore our lists of possible solutions of what to do with clothes that cannot be donated.

This year (2021), Earth Day is April 22. Here's my Earth Day question to you: how much do you know about the power of upcycled foods to reduce the serious problem of climate-harming food waste? 


 

I used to have a lot of fun on this blog offering up new ways to use the weird things we have lying around. I haven't done that in a while so here's one for you! Electrical tape. Like painters tape and packing tape, it's possible you have it lying around.  

 

Snowed in with kids? Wondering what to do with the gloves they've outgrown? Here's a cute, simple craft that will kill a little time, and encourage some basic sewing skills too! Read on to find out how to upcycle old gloves into a cute new friend.



Before the madness of the pandemic had kicked in then, it was a common occurrence for families to
donate old and unused clothing (and other items) to charity shops. Now, though, with the prospect
of potentially transmitting the virus on surfaces there has been a hit to the number of donations
being made.
 

It looks more and more likely that Muslims will be marking Ramadan under lockdown restrictions,
once again unable to meet with friends and family as was also the case in 2020 due to the global
pandemic. This means that there will not be the large gatherings for the breaking of the fast as is
customary, which will no doubt be hugely disappointing to those of Islamic faith.

ramadan in lockdown

My lovely friend (and long-time art teacher and inspiration) Amanda Evanston recently taught several classes on how to make holiday-themed art and cards using scrap paper. I'm not making a lot of art myself right now, so getting creative with old Anthropologie catalogs was therapeutic! 


how to make christmas cards

Guest post: Josh Hill


'Tis the season for indulgence and overconsumption! As we head into the holidays, I'm always distracted by how much waste we produce... from the millions of pumpkins that are carved and then thrown out, to the gift packaging and the Christmas trees.


food waste

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