In this day and age almost everyone I now is striving for a cleaner and greener environment. To mindlessly toss something into the trash without about recycling is irresponsible to say the least. I know of many ways to reuse thing without them having to look tacky. So today I will start with your typical dozen of eggs. There are lots of ways to keep from throwing these little items in the land field, and I am going to mention a few ways to reuse these items. Here are some of my green ideas for the egg, the shell, and the carton.
Eggs can do wonders for your complexion. When I fry or scramble my eggs I always dip my fingers into the shell for some leftover egg whites. I take the fluid and lightly rub it under my eyes. This tightens the skin and relieves puffiness. If your skin is oily, you can use the egg whites with some lemon juice and make an egg mask facial. If it is normal or dry, use the whole egg, and add a teaspoon of honey instead. Besides, the eggs are a rich source of vitamin A which is great for fighting wrinkles. Leave on until dry. You will love your skin.
Eggs are naturally a rich source of protein, fatty acids, vitamin A, E, D, and are great for the scalp, hair follicles, shaft, and ends. The fatty acids add a deep, rich, shine to hair that last. Just mix a few eggs together and put in hair until dry. Be sure to massage it into the scalp to ward off dandruff. After is dries, shampoo and rinse for shiny voluminous looking locks that are less prone to developing split-ends. So you didn't waste any of the egg, what about the shell?
You can crush eggshells and place them in pot, cup, or a thermos that is stained with tea, add a little water to moisten and leave overnight. In the morning, pour the residue down the drain. The stains will be gone and the drains will run cleaner due to the mild abrasive action of the shells. Mildly crushed shells can be scattered in the garden flower beds to keep out critters and slugs and the nutrients found in the shells are good source of vitamins for the soil. Add finely crushed shells to your compost so it can benefit from the calcium carbonate within them. Use the water that eggs have been boiled in after it has cooled to water your plants. They will benefit from the nutrients. You can also rub some egg yolks beaten on the leaves to give them a boost and a shiny gloss. An finally, you can place half of a shell into a cardboard egg carton and fill with dirt to start seedlings. When they begin to sprout cut out individual containers and plant them in the ground. Oh yeah, if you are artistically inclined, you can poke holes in the top and bottom of a raw egg and let the insides drain out and if you are good at carving, you can make eggshell art.
The carton well that is another story. I like to paint the outside with an acrylic paint and decorate them according to what I am storing in them. If I were storing golf balls in them, then I would use golf ball scrapbook stickers to make my carton look cool. You can use this handy little container to store such things as jewelry, plastic Easter egg, plant bulbs, small Christmas lights, and for separating nuts, bolts, and screws during assembly of items. They are also great for separating and storing small pieces of toys and games. They are also great to use as an art palette for youngsters.
Put some empty containers in the laundry room and stuff holes with dry lint. When each are full, melt old candle pieces and pour over each one to make fire starters. You can use charcoal instead for grills. These are just a few, but there are many more examples out there. Tell us if you have any other useful ideas for these items.