Monthly Archives: April 2018

Five Ways to Upcycle

It’s plain and simple; upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. But do you know what upcycling actually is? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something new or useful.

Each time you shop at the grocery store, you are sure to get boxes, cartons, jars, and other  containers that are easily upcycled. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Baby Food Jar Grass BuddyThis is the perfect project for kids. They love to watch things grow and making a friend out of it is fun too. All you need is a baby food jar, dirt, grass seeds, glue and some decorations (googly eyes, buttons, etc.) then follow these easy steps: 1) Fill about ¾ of the jar with dirt and then add the grass seeds. 2) Water the seeds and then place a little more dirt over them. 3) Create a face on the jar with the googly eyes, buttons and other decorations. 4) Watch the grass grow (and don’t forget to water it, when the dirt is dry).Wipe Canister
  2. Wipe Canister/Grocery Bag Dispenser
    Grocery bags are great to reuse for trash can liners, dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc. but storing those bags can often be a challenge. Our solution is to put all of the bags in a wipe canister, which makes them easy to pull out one at a time. If you are feeling ambitious you can also decorate the canister with fabric or paper.
    Decorative Jar
  3. Decorative Jar
    Take a pickle or pasta jar and create a cute jar to hold snacks for your kids, q-tips or any other items that need a jar. To create this  jar you will need a jar, sand paper, a drill, a knob, a washer and paint. Then follow these steps: 1) Sand the lid of your jar until the paint or writing on the jar is gone. 2) Paint the lid. 3) Very carefully drill a whole in the center of the lid. 4) Place the knob through the whole and twist the washer in place.
    Mint Container
  4. Mint Container Organizer
    Small things like poppy pins and paper clips can easily get lost in a drawer or purse. Use a mint container to easily organize these items and keep them together. You can also use them to store your head phone, this keeps them from getting tangled and makes them easy to find in your purse or back back.
  5. Tin Can Lantern
    Create a rustic tin can lantern for holiday decor, wedding or party. To get started find a tin can, remove the label and fill it with water. Then put the can in the freezer until the water is completely frozen. Then follow these steps: 1) Draw your desired design on a peice of paper. 2) Tape your paper to the outside of your can. 3) Use a small nail and a hammer to get each hole started. 4) Use your drill to complete the holes. Be sure to go very slowly, as the can is not very thick.  5) Cut five inch piece off a wire hanger and bend the wire to create a half circle for the handle. 6) use needle nose pliers to bend a small “c” at each end of wire. 7) Slide the wire in the hole on each side of your latern to create a handle.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to take another look at items you might consider trash and find a practical way to upcycle them.

Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad

A tasty trio mixed together in this simply delicious spring salad.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp mint, chopped

Cut the watermelon and cucumbers. Combine into bowl with mint. Make dressing.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey

Pour dressing over watermelon, cucumber, mint mixture and lightly stir. Add in feta and gently stir to combine.

 

Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream

Sweet grilled pineapple topped with lime, honey and a scoop of creamy ice cream.

What you’ll need:

  • fresh pineapple, sliced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 tbsp shredded coconut
  • vanilla ice cream

Cut the fresh pineapple until 1/2 inch slices. Mix together honey and lime juice and brush onto the pineapple. Place pineapple on heated grill. Cook for a few minutes on each side until grill marks appear. Remove from grill. Once plated top with shredded coconut and scoop of ice cream. ENJOY!

 

Where does our Garbage Go?

Earth Day 2018 has set the goal to end plastic pollution. As consumers, we acquire and use a lot of plastic containers and products. It is important for us to know what to do with plastic after it has been used so that it can be recycled and reused, eliminating plastic waste.

Here in Utah, we use a single-stream collection system. This allows us to throw all our non-recyclable materials in one bin, and our recyclable materials in another. Once collected and delivered to the facility, the recyclable material is hand sorted and the non-recyclable material is placed in the landfill.

To do our part in reducing plastic pollution and overall waste, here are a few tips on how to recycle in Utah:

  • Take care to put aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and non-shredded paper in the blue recycling bin.
  • Do not put glass, shredded paper, or plastic bags in your home recycling bin. In Utah, you can take your non-curbside recyclable materials to various drop off locations.
  • Make sure that all recyclable materials are clean before disposing of them.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberries and bananas are the perfect blend for your morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (10 oz.) Full Circle Organic Frozen Strawberries
  • 3 small to medium ripe bananas
  • 1 cup strawberry banana yogurt
  • 1 cup Full Circle Organic Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Full Circle Organic Honey

Directions:

Combine strawberries, bananas, yogurt, milk and honey in a large blender container. Cover and blend on low until strawberries are chopped, increase speed and blend until smooth.

Yield: 4 servings

Garden Fresh Red Potato Salad

Nothing says warm weather like a delicious and zesty potato salad.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Full Circle Sea Salt
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced Full Circle Organic Celery
  • ½ cup shredded Full Circle Organic Carrot
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • ½ cup Full Circle Organic Green Onions, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Full Circle Organic Parsley
  • ¼ cup Full Circle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Full Circle Organic Dijon Mustard
  • 1½ teaspoon Full Circle Frozen Chopped Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground Full Circle Mixed Peppercorns

Directions:

Cut potatoes into quarters; place in a large pan and cover with cold water, add salt. Bring potatoes to boil over medium heat, boil gently 5 minutes. Shut heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup potato cooking liquid. Drain potatoes, do not rinse, transfer to a large bowl. Add celery, carrots and red pepper. Combine green onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and peppercorns in small food processor bowl; while processing, drizzle in reserved potato cooking water and process, pulsing until blended. Toss dressing into potatoes and vegetables. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. 8 servings.

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Black Bean Salsa

All around goodness with this tasty chip dip.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can Full Circle Organic Black Beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Full Circle Organic Pinto Beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Full Circle Organic Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 medium Full Circle Organic Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Full Circle organic Cilantro
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Full Circle Organic Frozen Chopped Garlic or 1 clove, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can Full Circle Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Full Circle Organic Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon Full Circle Organic Sea Salt
  • Full Circle Tortilla Chips

Directions:

Place black beans, pinto beans and corn in a colander, rinse and drain well. Place beans, corn, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno and garlic in a large bowl and toss to combine. Add tomatoes, dressing and salt; toss again until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight for flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips.

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