As we know Comrade, the paper cup problem is a wide spread problem on a global scale. One is which we have created solely ourselves in our endeavours to place convenience as our highest priority. But this doesn’t have to be the case Comrade, with a little patience, creativity and imagination those sad little cups can be given a second chance at usefulness.
Together the @TheTrashureRev and I have collaborated on 10 genius ways in which to create viable solutions to these once, one use and then useless, disposable paper cups. The Trashure Rev is an action initiative focused on the benefits of upcycling (if your unsure of the term, read my blog here) to reduce your rate of consumption / waste output / environmental impact. At the same time they inspire transformative, creative solutions to upcycling old materials and breath new life into what might have been considered waste, and turn it into “trashure”.
To find out more and see our other 5 genius tips, check out their blog here!
- A Seed starter system.
This cute little seed starter will work perfectly for setting up your garden and giving those seedling the best chance at survival. Plus it’s so quick and easy!
What you’ll need:
- Empty disposable coffee cups rain
- Potting soil
- Small spoon
- Seeds for your desired plant.
- A tray
- Small pebbles
- Glad wrap
- A sharpie
- Some scissors.
First, label each cup with the types of seeds you’ll be planting using the sharpie. Then cut a whole in each cup so that there’s some drainage going on. Then it’s a simple job of putting the potting soil in each cup, push a few seeds in each cup, cover the seeds in dirt, then set the cups on a small tray with some stones set in the bottom of the tray for good drainage (you’ll need this as the cups are made of paper remember). Water the cups and then cover with plastic wrap to create a green house effect.Place in a sunny area and mist the soil a few times a day to keep it moist,
In just a few days you’ll have sproutage!
2. A Hanging Planter
Not only are disposable cups great for starting seedlings before transferring to a garden, but they also make cool hanging planters for small spaces or a learning project for your toddlers.
All you’ll need is some scissors, string and the above instructions to put the together. So cute!
3. A unique Desk Organizer
This little gem is neither costly or labor intensive you only need:
– Coffee Cups. The thin paper/plastic variety. Styrofoam ones won’t be easy to stick together but you can use them if that works for you.
– Stapler or Glue
– A little patience
And you’re done!
4. A Minimalist Wreath
For those of you who work in Cafes, maybe this Christmas, you could repurpose all those discarded coffee cups selfish customers leave behind and make a funky minimalist wreath for your shop!
What you’ll need:
- Some wire
- Plenty of cups
- Some srting / ribbon
- A stapler
- Some scissors
First make your wire circular frame. To get it perfectly circular, use a bucket or a small circular table to get the dimensions right and then reinforce the frame by twining the wire around itself. Then take your cups and the bases off them. From there, stack your cups on top of one another and then feed through the wire frame. To finish, staple the ends of the cups together and cover with the ribbon / sting and mount.
5. Cupsicle Moulds!
Instead of buying icecream this summer, why not you make your own!
Try this absolutely delicious and easy recipe for home made berry ice cream. (However you could literally choose anything)
What you’ll need:
- Cleaned disposable cups.
- Some teaspoons (no iceicle poles allowed – think of the trees)
- A freezer.
Make up your desired ice-cream recipe, chuck it in a cup and add the soon. Place in the fridge and allow to cool.
You can either use the soon to hold the ice-cream or simply eat straight from the cup.
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