5 ways to get creative with your food waste

Women using a coffee grounds facial exfoliator

Who would have thought that you could get a facial, some shiny shoes, a bird feeder, crisps, and a clean microwave all out of your food waste?

All food waste can be thrown into your food caddy, but before it goes off to be recycled, you could have one more use for it.  Read on to find out how…

A facial

coffee ground paste for use in facialsCoffee grounds make an excellent facial exfoliator!  Not only will you save on an expensive trip to the spa, but the ingredients are also all natural!  Just add a few tablespoons of your leftover coffee grounds to some coconut or olive oil. Gently buff the paste in a circular motion on your face. 

Et voilà… fresh, healthy-looking skin.

Shiny shoes

Banana Shoe being cleaned with a banana skinpeels are excellent are at sprucing up scuffed leather shoes.  Just rub the inside of a banana peel on your shoes to get rid of any scuff marks, then buff away the residue with a microfiber cloth to reveal lovely shiny shoes. Simples!  (And be sure to throw your used banana peel in your food caddy).

A bird feeder

Bird eating from a feeder made from orange skinThe next time you fancy an orange, try this little trick.  Cut the orange in half, scoop out and eat the fruit, leaving you with a mini orange bowl.  Use a long piece of wire or string to create a hanging shape and attach both ends to the orange.  Add some seeds and your DIY bird feeder is ready to go.


Crips made from potato peelingsUse your potato peelings to make healthy homemade crisps.  Spread your peelings on a baking tray and coat them well with oil and your chosen seasoning (salt/chilli flakes/paprika etc).  Put them in a pre-heated oven (200’C) for about 8-10 minutes, or until they are slightly brown and crunchy. Enjoy!  NB: You could also use carrot or parsnips peelings

A clean microwave

Used lemon halfYou can do all kinds of great things with citrus peelings.  But did you know that cleaning your microwave is one of them?  Before you throw out your lemon leftovers, pop them in a small bowl of water and cook for a minute or two.  Carefully remove the bowl and use a damp cloth to easily wipe away dirt. 

Bonus: your microwave will smell nice, too!

Make the most of your food waste – why not give some of the above a try?  Don’t forget to throw any used and leftover food waste into your kitchen food caddy.

Do you ever wonder where or what you can recycle?

Well, wonder no more! Click or tap on the link below to visit the Recycling Locator, pop in your postcode and get all the recycling information for your local area.

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