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Treehouse Tips: Reuse Your Cardboard Egg Cartons As Seeding Trays

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

Cardboard egg cartons make great biodegradable seeding trays to plant your starter seeds before springtime arrives.

First, cut off the lid-portion of the carton and fill the little cups of the egg-holding section with potting soil. Then, plant your flower or vegetable seeds according to the instructions on the seed packages. Most seeds have different depth and spacial planting directions.

You can place these egg cartons indoors, on your window sills, before it gets warm enough to plant outside. Water according to the instructions and watch them sprout. When springtime comes, you can plant  the whole egg carton with the sprouts into the soil as the carton is biodegradable. An additional benefit is that there will be even spacing between your plants when they grow!

Treehouse Tips: Turn Your Vegetable Mesh Bags Into Pot Scrubbers

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

Did you know that the mesh bags that you get from buying onions, garlic, and potatoes make fantastic pot scrubbers? All you have to do is roll it up into a ball, and then thread some fishing line through the ball with a needle until it’s compact. You have the option of leaving the tail-end of the bag out to serve as a handle for easier pot-scrubbing. If you are using the smaller mesh bags from garlic and tomatoes, you can accumulate several of them to make a larger bundle that will last longer.
As these bags are used to hold heavy vegetables, they are very durable and ideal for doing your dirty work! However, as they’re most often non-biodegradable, so it probably makes the most sense to try and buy your vegetables without them!

Treehouse Tips: Clothing Tags As Bookmarks?

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

Have you found that sometimes your clothing purchases come with really neat tags with unique designs on durable material attached with fancy ribbons or hemp strings? I find that they are way too pretty to throw away and they make awesome bookmarks! Especially the plastic tags that are far more useful as a waterproof bookmark when you compare the landfill as an alternative, right? For the tags that aren’t as neat or pretty, you can re-design them in just a few minutes using old scrap materials like ribbons from old clothing, or even attach a string of beads from your old bracelets or necklaces!