We have been using toilet paper instead of official tissues for our tears and runny noses for years, but I was motivated to kick that habit this week. One of my zero waste local heroes mentioned the other day that she had just cut up a t-shirt to make herself a soft handkerchief to help deal with her head cold…As soon as I hung up the phone, my kids and I rummaged around to find our own suitable t-shirt, which we cut up with a dull pair of old pinking shears from a garage sale. Voila, new black hankies for each of us, enough for multiple pockets and backpacks and under our pillows. Also, as shown here by A, they double nicely as beards whenever you want to become Abe Lincoln:
This morning, I needed to join a meeting in town and since M is out of preschool for the day, she got to come along for the ride. I usually sweeten the deal by buying her a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, something she never gets at home (whipped cream would only make her dairy-free sister painfully envious). I have my own metal to-go mug that I haul around town, but we don’t have any kid sized travel mugs. What to do, what to do…M selected a marmalade jar that felt good in her hands and I made a cover for it from the sleeve of a felted wool sweater. This was easier than it might sound thanks to the bag of felted wool scraps I got from someone more crafty than myself via my local Freecycle network. I cut the end of a sleeve off, slid it over the jar, and we were ready to give it a try.
We had one near miss when the jar almost slipped out of its wool protector, but we managed to get home without leaving a trail of broken glass and lukewarm chocolate milk behind us. I need to work out the kinks on this, but I think I can find a way to make some sturdy travel mugs for my kids using what I’ve got on hand at home. Major bonus: The lid for the marmalade jar screws on tightly, so we had zero spills on the trip from coffee shop to car to house. It’s not at all No Impact to get hot chocolate from a coffee shop that I’ve driven my car to, but at least we didn’t use a “disposable” cup or generate any new plastic waste.