Category Archives: DIY

Zero Waste Kids You Tube Channel

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I’ve been pondering this for a few months now, and besides feeling super uncomfortable in front of a camera, I decided to do this anyway. I believe some goodness will come from this, as I’m hoping to inspire some families out there with my tips on reducing the amount of trash we create.

This channel at the moment will be only in Portuguese, although I might look into adding some subtitles in the future if I get requests or positive feedback.

I have many videos on the making that I can’t wait to share with you. In the meantime, please leave a comment or some feedback either here or over on the YouTube Channel so I can follow your lead into what you’d like most to see.

Thank you for watching and for popping by 🙂

Zero Waste Christmas presents

This time of the year the amount of waste created senselessly is unimaginable. As long as I have been ecologically conscious I have tried a different approach to generate less trash. We have a big family so there is always around 40 presents to think about every Christmas.

Throughout the years I have tried all sorts of handmade gifts, like homemade jams, homemade cookies. candle holders, just to name a few.

This year I had been thinking to try something new and after researching for while I decided to try out a simple Lip Balm recipe, because who doesn’t get cracked lips in winter?

 

My boys just love making presents for our family for Chrismas, its become somewhat of a tradition, so they were eager to try something new out. Some of the process is a bit tricky for small hands but they helped whenever it was safe and got to see how lip balm is made!

List of ingredients:

400g of Shea Butter

200g of Beeswax

Essential oil of your choice ( I used Lavender and Tea Tree)

30 small glass jars

First off you need to steralize the glass jars

Next in a double boiler melt the Bee’s Wax

Then join the Shea Butter

I had to divide the quantity as I wanted to have two different scents.

Added around 15 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and mixed well.

Then just pour into glass jars

 

Repeat the process for the Lavender scented balm

Let them cool before closing the recipeint.

I used a marker to name the lip balm and best before date and then used some old stickers and some stamps that my kids had, to make them look pretty!

I thought a fabric wrap could work well and looked for some scraps I had at home.

My family loved the wrapping and were so pleased with the outcome.Turned out perfect for me, what about you?

(Please note that this recipe was made for a large quantity of lip balm. To try this for ust one lip balm please use the following recipe found here)