Meal planning and smart shopping goes a long way toward reducing food waste. Kitchen hacks for extending the lifespan of fresh food help too. But what about the peels, stems, and wrappings we throw away without a second thought? Well those can be upcycled too!
1. Coffee Grounds
Sprinkle damp grounds in your fireplace to reduce flyaway dust while cleaning.
A bowl full of grounds in the fridge will eliminate nasty odors.
Mix grounds with coconut oil for an effective facial exfoliator.
2. Celery and Lettuce Stumps
3. Sprouted Potatoes
4. Egg Cartons
5. Citrus Peels
Insects hate citrus. Chop and place around the house and garden as a deterrent.
Put them down the garbage disposal to deodorize the drain.
Put peels in a bag of brown sugar and store in fridge to keep soft.
Dry, grind up, and mix with salt or pepper for DIY lemon seasoning.
6. Milk or Juice Carton
Cut the bottom half off and use as a planter.
Transform it into a piggy bank.
Reseal with tape and use as building blocks. Source: chasinggreen.org
7. Onion and Garlic Skins
8. Watermelon Rinds
Rubbing watermelon rinds on your skin can also help clear up acne.
9. Celery Leaves
10. Banana Peels
Sprinkle chopped up peels throughout the garden as a pest deterrent.
Rub them on your skin to relieve the itch of rashes, psoriasis, and insect bites.
Add them to the roasting pan to keep boneless meats from drying out.
Rub the pithy side on shoes and silver to polish naturally! Source: ecowatch.org
11. Broccoli Stalks and Leaves
12. Scallion (Green Onion) Stubs
13. Butter Wrappers
14. Wine Corks
Glue many together for a DIY corkboard. Or bathmat.
With a little shaping you can also combine into coasters.
Add a hook and ring on the end for a neat upcycled keychain. Source: redesignrevolution.com
15. Kale Stems
Add to smoothies or juice for added nutrients and fiber.
Dry them, then grind up and combine with salt for a unique seasoning.
16. Apple Peels
The acidity in apple peels can remove stains from aluminum pots and pans.
Place fresh apple peels over your eyes for 5-10 min. to reduce dark circles.
17. Almond Pulp
18. Pineapple Tops
19. Fruit and Veggie Pulp
Mix it into smoothies for added nutrients.
Use it to make delicious breads.
Spread and bake into Raw Juicer Pulp Crackers.
Mix it into batter for savory dinner pancakes.
20. Coffee Filters
Cut and use as emergency muffin tin liners.
Rinsed and dried coffee filters can be used as dust wipes.
Dry and use as DIY facial oil blotters. Source: care2.com
21. Egg Shells
Add to the bottom of potted plants that need extra drainage.
Grind and add to pet food as a calcium supplement.
Add finely egg shell powder to your coffee filter to make cheap coffee less bitter.
22. Meat Bones
23. Pickle Juice
24. Mesh Fruit Sacks
25. Paper Towel Rolls
26. Parmesan Cheese Container
27. Onion or Potato Sacks
28. Apple Cores
29. Carrot Tops
Add to soup or stew.
Blend the greens into homemade pesto.
And yes, you can even regrow them from the stumps!