Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.
FAQ video explains California recycling dos and don'ts
Are businesses and schools required to recycle? Should you leave the caps on or take them off when you throw plastic bottles in your bin? And what about cartons? We know the intricacies of recycling can be confusing, so we made this video to help you out. Pass it along!Posted on In the Loop by TC Clark on Mar 25, 2019
It’s been winter for a long, long time, and we can’t help but fantasize about spring. While you’re sketching out your backyard garden plans and scoping out the seed aisle at your local garden center, you might also consider starting a compost pile. See our quick video for a few good reasons to compost, as well as some basic instructions.
If you’d like even more information, here’s a step-by-step primer, with links to our composting pages, and some composting tools you might find handy. Start now and you could have a batch in time for spring planting!Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Feb 25, 2019
Wrap your candy in beeswax cloth wrap and reuse it for leftovers or a pack lunch
CalRecycle’s Social Committee and Zero Waste team have joined forces for a Zero Waste Halloween by using reusable packaging and buying candy in bulk to make “Boo Grams” for their co-workers and friends. You can make them, too!
This year’s CalRecycle “Boo Grams” come in either a reusable mason jar or homemade beeswax cloth wrap. Beeswax cloth wraps are an alternative to plastic wrap. They are designed to store food or to wrap treats.
You can buy reusable beeswax wraps, but, it turns out, making your own is a fun and easy DIY project! I attended a workshop at the Ecology Center in Berkeley to learn how. Read on to learn how to “bee” on your way to a Zero Waste Halloween!
How to make your own beeswax cloth wrap
- Unbleached cotton muslin from a fabric store
- Beeswax (Here are some places in Sacramento where you can get it: https://www.sacramentobeekeeping.com/ and https://www.thebeebx.com/pure-natural-beeswax-sacramento
- Ironing board
- Scissors/pinking shears
- Parchment paper
- Cheese grater (You’ll need a cheese grater if you buy the beeswax in block form. Alternatively, you can buy beeswax pellets that are ready to use.)
- Cut the fabric to your desired size.
- Use the cheese grater to grate the beeswax. If you have the pellets, skip this step.
- Place the fabric on the ironing board with a piece of parchment paper underneath and on top.
- Spread a handful of beeswax on the cloth. (Note: Less is more!)
- Use the iron to melt the beeswax onto the cloth. Add more beeswax, if necessary, to areas on the cloth with no wax.
- Use pinking shears to trim the edges.
- Voila! Enjoy your DIY beeswax wrap!
How to care for your beeswax wrap
Use your beeswax wrap to wrap sandwiches, cheeses, or produce, or to cover a bowl!
Posted on In the Loop by Angela Vincent on Oct 29, 2018
- Wash with cool water and gentle soap. Let dry.
- Use the warmth of your hands to flatten it out for storage.
- To store, use the warmth of your hands to flatten it.
- Not recommend for use with raw meat.