Tips for reusing things when you're at home

It's not all rubbish!

Even though you’re stuck at home, you can still do your bit. We can all help the environment by thinking about what you throw away, and find ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle your waste. On these pages, each week, we will share a few hints and tips, and provide some fun and creative activities using bits and pieces you might throw away.

There will be things you can make and games you can play, so keep checking in!

Activity 9: Toilet Roll Tree

Toilet Roll Tree

 

Bring a little of the outside in, using leftover loo rolls and some cardboard to craft your own trees!

 

 

Activity 8: Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

 

Encouraging wildlife into your outdoor space is a great activity for days when you're stuck inside. Reuse an old juice carton, and once you've made the feeder let us know how many different birds you can spot!

 

Activity 7: Bee Bowl

Bee Bowl
Collecting all that pollen and nectar is thirsty work. Bees and other pollinators need to drink water. Help bees and other insects help the flowers with this simple water bowl, and we can all drink to #WorldBeeDay. 

 

Activity 6: TetraPack Wallet

Tetrapack Wallet

 

Turn waste into wonder with this TetraPack Wallet.

💰 Check out this nifty trick to keep your cards & coins safe in an easy-to-make zero-waste wallet!

 

Activity 5: Reuse Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes
Don't Waste it, Taste it! Every year, UK households throw out 4.5 million tonnes of edible food, with bunches of banana ending up in the bin. Beat the bin, eat the bananas! This recipe shows how to turn overripe bananas into brilliant #BananaPancakes!
 

Activity 4: Fashion Revolution Week

T-shirt Tote bag

 

It's Fashion Revolution Week and we love this creative way to combat the wastefulness of the fashion industry! One garbage truck of clothing is dumped in landfills every second! An increase of just 3 months of the life of an item of clothing can reduce its carbon, water, and waste footprints.

Work new life into an old t-shirt by turning into a trendy tote bag. 

 

Activity 3: Earth Day 

Earth day reuse

 

This week we celebrate #EarthDay2020. This day was first set up in 1970. Way back then there wasn't social media or the internet, but still the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970 managed to bring together 20 million people to learn about the environmental problems we faced and act to address them.

Join in as we help make EarthDay2020 even bitter. Show your love for our planet by making a Green Heart to hang on your window!

Activity 2: Easter eggs

Easter Tips 2

 

Who knew a plastic bottle would make a great container for those Easter Eggs. Instead of sending chocolate to your family, try writing an Easter Kindness Pledge instead, and pop it inside your bottle basket. I know which gift I would rather get! Download the activity here or at the bottom of the page.

Activity 1: Easter crafts 

Easter Crafts

 

Have a go at making your own funny bunny. Click on the document download to see the full activity.

 

Don't forget to share your work (#ecoMissionComplete) via email 

 

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