Author Archives | Rebecca Rockefeller

Salad Less Plastic: Nettles

Coming Soon to the Spring Mud Near You! by Rebecca Rockefeller, originally published at Rock Farmer  Take a break from grocery store salad greens in their plastic clamshell packaging and give this delicious wild but easy to find green a try. It’s still winter here, but the nettles are starting to come up in the […]

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Balloon-Free Parties

Life Without Balloons Back when it was time for my first-born’s first birthday, I brought home a dozen helium balloons to decorate our house. I tied them to the front porch, to each chair around our table, and left the others floating freely around the house wherever the breeze took them. When we started our […]

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DIY Reusable Food Wrap

Yes, you can live without cling film and plastic wrap! Make your own reusable fabric and beeswax food wrap.  Did you know that you can replace plastic wrap and  cling film (or whatever you call it) with fabric impregnated with beeswax? It’s true. Inspired by posts at left-handed scissors and bcliving, I decided to give it a try and came up […]

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Trash Hacker: Fabric Scraps into Tiny Dolls

by Rebecca Rockefeller Looking for a hand-made gift or winter break craft activity? Rustle up some fabric scraps and other readily available materials and make a group of tiny friends for a dollhouse in your neighborhood. These have been a huge hit with my own kids, filling many rainy afternoons with happy imaginative hours. If […]

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Web App Updates

Home Page Navigation Thanks to our beta testers, we’ve been learning about what works and what could use some improvement. Starting today, our UI navigation should be a bit easier for everyone, whether you’re visiting for the first time or coming back to solutions for a specific item. Our “Get Inspired’ button will be more […]

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Sock Reuse: Hair Buns and Cascades of Curls

Originally posted on Why Waste It?:
Do you have a few lonely socks laying around?  We always do!  Even though there are many Sock Bun tutorials on Pinterest, the girls and I thought we’d do our own. Step 1:  Dampen your hair and put it up in a high ponytail.  Step 2:  Find your lonely…

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Buy Nothing, Give Freely Day

Today is “Black Friday” in the United States, the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas shopping season “officially” opens. Here at Trash Backwards, we’d love to help you celebrate Buy Nothing Day, instead. In fact, we think we’ve got enough reuse solutions in our database to get you through a Buy Nothing New Year of gift […]

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We’ve Got Your Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Think Solutions Right Here!

Come visit our curated database of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Re-Think solutions for all the stuff in your hands, home, and wastebaskets. Click here to visit our web app and search for an item you’d like to get rid of without sending it to a landfill, an item you’d like to reuse or upcycle, or […]

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Ten Ways to Refashion a Sweater

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:
So many sweaters, so little time. Click on the picture to see the “how to”. Have fun! If you try any of these, I’d love to see your projects. Email a before and after picture to me at bhunting@eoni.com and I’ll post it on the “Your Projects” page. You…

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Zero Waste Pumpkin for Holiday Baking

by Rebecca Rockefeller Oh, how I love pumpkin. Even saying it out loud is fun. Pumpkin! It’s such a lovely, plump word attached to such lovely. plump fruit. I used to stock up on canned pumpkin as soon as it went on sale before Thanksgiving so that I’d have enough on hand to last me […]

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