How to sew a button

How to sew a button

The second most common thing I have to fix in the clothing department is buttons! (The first is darning holes in my socks and tights)

I’ve got a sneaky tip to make your button sewing so secure, it will be even stronger than it was before it fell off… tip is courtesy of my granny!

I always opt for thicker threads when sewing buttons, and I also double the thread by threading it onto the needle, pulling it though and knotting the two ends together. Choose a thread that matches your garment and button (or not, if you’re so super quirky and feel like matching thread and buttons are too mainstream!)

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The easiest Zero Waste Snacks

The easiest Zero Waste Snacks

I started writing this blog, then realized, hey! How can I write about snacks without consuming a snack?!

So now I am eating raisins, and writing… honestly, it is really helping the creativity flow.

Fruits and vegetables

We all know they’re super great to consume, also fruits and vegetables can leave zero waste when scraps are disposed of in a suitable composter. I have an allotment, so my composter is a cone bin with a hole in the bottom. Other options include wormeries or bokashi bins.

By considering where the fruits and vegetables were imported from or grown , I can also take responsibility for waste which may have occurred before the fruits and veg arrived at the shop or market I am purchasing them from. Ideally, I’d love for 2019 to be the year that I am able to eat more fruit and veg from my allotment so I am fully aware of where my produce has come from. Where this is not possible, I consider the airmiles products would have travelled in order to get to me.

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How to darn a hole

How to darn a hole

Sewing has always been common in our household. When I was learning to sew, my mum would tell me that when she was little, her mum (my lovely granny) would make her unpick any stitching which wasn’t straight.

Granny never did this to me when I was doing sewing projects with her, but it was probably the fear that I might have to unpick my work that made me sew in a straight line!

The main things I darn are socks, tights and jumpers. My socks and tights get holes mostly in the toes, and the jumpers start to unravel around the cuffs.

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How to regrow food from kitchen scraps

How to regrow food from kitchen scraps

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. I’m here to prove that wrong, but this free lunch will only consist of regrowth of spring onions.

Okay, maybe it's just a free snack or garnish. But, hey, it’s still free, happy days.

This is SO simple, it takes zero skill. If you are far from green fingered, I promise you can still do this. It's even more forgiving than keeping a succulent- and you only need to think about it every few days for a couple of weeks. If you’ve used up all your maternal plant love by then, you can eat all of the spring onions, or you can snip the regrowth and watch them resprout.

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Waste Free Body Washes

Waste Free Body Washes

I’m not quite sure how we managed to forget to blog about this daily activity until now… Anna and I have talked a lot about washing hair, shaving and other bathroom routines, that we seemed to have forgotten about what we do frequently- to actually wash ourselves.

Using up shower gels and bubble baths which I purchased before going zero waste has taken rather a long time, as I cherish products more than I used to. By squeezing shower gels onto sponges or loofahs I was able to make a little bit of shower gel go a long way.

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