Mrs Green’s green round up

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Mrs Green shares her 'green' stories

Mrs Green shares her 'green' stories

It’s time to share the link love.

There are so many great stories out on the Internet, and wonderful people spreading the ‘green’ message.

So without further ado, here are some stories that captured my imagination recently:

Home made frozen oven chips

Over on Growing things and making things, Rachel’s potato crop was blighted by erm, blight.

Hating food waste as much as I do, she decided to make her own frozen oven chips!

What a great way to reduce plastic packaging waste and stop her beloved home grown potatoes being wasted too.

National Costume Swap Day

Bea from Zero Waste home has bought up the theme of Hallowween and told her readers about National Costume Swap Day.

On October 8th, people across the US will get together for costume swaps in their own cities and towns.

What a fantastic idea! Does anyone know of anything similar in the UK?

Homemade facial cleaner

On not easy to be green, Jen has been making her own all natural homemade facial cleanser.

Using bicarbonate of soda, jojoba oil, essential oils and honey Jen’s cleaning her face for under $15 a year.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Julie Day says:

    Yes, there are clothes swapping sessions over here and I think they are called swishing.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Julie Day: Ah yes, I’m aware of the swishing, I just wondered if there was anything specific for costumes. Having said that, our local second hand clothes store has a lot of fancy dress stuff in ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Never heard of costume swaps, but its a fantastic idea!
    I think myself and my friends will be having a “costume day!” on 31St of October. We will be visiting my studio to make and prepare all our costumes and may include a swap too! What a fantastic way to use up those old Halloween outfits that your kids wont wear again (or you dont want to be seen wearing again, big kid!)
    Also, am loving the frozen chips idea; Zero waste as no plastic bag and the bottle the oil comes in can be re-used! Will Definately be trying this one at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Parents could also gather to swap things that might be good for costumes–boas, bandanas, tights, fishnet hose, hats, anything/garment with sparkle, hats, old skirts, hair adornments, vests, anything with fake fur, makeup (leftover and unused), false fingernails you never applied, costume jewelry (necklaces and earrings and rings and bracelets), scraps of fabric of all sizes that is cute, bizarre, or shiny, leggings, lace stuff, got it? If children come, costumes could be fashioned on the spot using safety pins, tie it, drape it, love it. A few clumsy stitches by even the sewing challenged could have children adorned in no time. The don’t have to be a cartoon character. Mothers with imagination can name what the child is, i.e., a little girl with lots of pink razzle-dazzle, pink lace, pink fur could be called “Pinky” or Pink Candy. Older children might not buy that and want to create a character. My 14-yr-old grandson latched onto a Cat In the Hat hat that I sent. He just wants one thing, not a head to toe outfit. If he did, a black piece of fabric (maybe from a skirt) could be cut to drape around him. I could go on, but I can see a room full of mothers with or without their little, middle, or big kids working a costume. After all, the little ones just want to dress up.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Michelle Morgan @ Eco-Centricity: I loved the frozen chips idea too! Have fun on Oct 31st; sounds like a fab idea!

    @Practical Parsimony: Sounds like such a lovely ‘community minded’ way to spend time together PP – thanks for sharing your idea with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Aren’t some of the best costumes put together in the way Practical Parsimony mentioned? I love to re-use and create the most unique costume. Charity shop finds can often complete your outfit too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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