Need more storage?

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great idea from Ikea. If you need more storage and that storage has to be in view (because you live in a second-storey basement flat like I do), you can attach boxes together in a nice display using only large office binder clips.

The Ikea idea, of course, is to use their wooden storage boxes but I think this can be done with sturdy recycled cardboard boxes too. Great idea as you can dismantle and rearrange storage as you like. Wish I'd thought of it!!

Images via Ikea

The Life Box or how to turn a cardboard box into a forest

Posted on June 27, 2010 at 5:09 AM Comments comments (0)

What if the box you sent in the mail was more amazing than whatever present you put inside? The Life Box is a new type of cardboard box that's filled with hundreds of tree seeds that you can easily grow. The seeds are interlaced with beneficial fungi to help them grow better. The Life Box was invented by Paul Stamets, mycologist, author and founder of Fungi Perfecti®, LLC

To start your own forest, you tear off the cardboard and soak it to start the seedlings; you'll have baby trees ready to plant in a couple of years. The tree species were carefully selected to be native all across the U.S. and Canada, and include birches, alders, pines, hemlocks, and cedars.

Once the trees are planted, go to the company's website to enter the GPS locations of each tree so they can be tracked.

Image The Life Box

Recycling a plastic sushi container

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Every once in a while (okay almost every week), I get a craving for sushi from Pret A Manger on Hanover Street, but I always feel a little guilty because sushi comes in plastic containers. This time after enjoying my Japanese treat, I was determined to recycle every bit of the container, including the delightful retractable chopsticks (okay, I get excited when I see great design at work), a pretty carved bamboo toothpick and a neat little plastic soy sauce jar.

What you see above is the result. I'm using the plastic container to store paper beads that will eventually become a gorgeous necklace. Each compartment holds essentials to make the necklace and the soy bottle holds the needles I need. The retractable chopsticks will be used to knit up a couple of egg cosies when I find some yarn. As for the toothpick, well, there's no reason not to keep to its original function! 

Recycled gift wrap

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (0)


Here's an example of a Christmas gift wrapping made entirely of recycled materials. The box is made from two pieces of cardboard from a larger box, the ribbon and bells are from a box of chocolates that I received last year and the label is made from cardstock and stamped with an appropriate message for the gift. The tiny tools are also recycled from a gift I received years ago. I used press-on letters from a sheet of Letraset that I found in a drawer.


If I wanted to be more 'Martha', I could have added a sprig of cedar or some red berries from the garden but that would have meant going outside and it's too cold (-20) for that!


Cost for gift 'wrap': $0.


Cleaning out my kitchen drawers gave me more than enough to work with. What do you have hidden in yours?