Garbage: it’s not just for landfills anymore! A company in New York City has created an all-purpose cleaner made from 97% food waste plus 3% sustainably sourced natural fragrance. Lab tests indicate that it’s 99% effective at cleaning tough dirt from multiple surfaces.
Rather than adding water — which accounts for as much as 90% in most household cleaners — all the liquid in this product is directly derived from the recycled food waste.
And instead of a plastic spray bottle that might or might not get recycled, the product comes in a refillable aluminum bottle.
Sorry for the groaner, as this is a really bright idea!
Did you know that more than a half-million pounds of partially used crayons are discarded every year? As you might imagine, they turn into a nasty, waxy sludge that clogs landfills and never biodegrades.
The nonprofit Crayon Initiative has come to the rescue, solving two problems in one. First, it gathers crayon stubs from restaurants, schools and homes, melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing waste.
Even better, the recycled crayons are donated to art programs at 240 children’s hospitals, brightening the lives of young patients across the USA.
Prevent silver tarnish: Don’t toss those little silica packets that come in bottles of vitamins, supplements etc. Instead, put one or two in a closed bag with your silver. The desiccants help prevent corrosion by absorbing the moisture which reacts with sulfur in the atmosphere to create tarnish. This hack also helps keep gold jewelry shiny and bright.