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The month of April is almost over but we still have a few days left to celebrate Earth Month. Let’s just think about that for a second… Why don’t we take time to appreciate and care for our Earth all year round. Today I am partnering up with Tom’s of Maine to talk about the #LessWasteChallenge.


What’s the Less Waste Challenge? It’s a pledge to make a conscious effort to reduce your household waste by 1lb a week for a year to help make the world a better place. Want to take the pledge? Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.

Recently I was shopping at Target and picked up Tom’s of Maine wicked fresh mouthwash and whole care toothpaste. There was a Cartwheel offer  going on (which you can find here). I love that Tom’s of Maine oral care products are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives, nor are they tested on animals. All of their packaging is recyclable through TerraCycle and they donate 10% of profits to human and environmental goodness. 

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Now if you are an avid reader of Weekend Craft you will know I have a strong passion for upcycling. I am often refinishing furniture, dumpster diving for pallets and saving jars to make vases. So I knew as part of the #LessWasteChallenge I wanted to turn my Tom’s of Maine packaging into a fun spring DIY project. 

The snow has finally ended here and it’s starting to get warm. That means it’s time to start thinking about my garden. I’ve seen people before use egg cartons to start their seeds so why not use a toothpaste box? With a razor blade I cut the top of the box off. 

Now I had just finished a cookie that I had stored in a resealable bag and knew this would make a perfect liner and I would not have to toss it in the garbage like I normally would. I cut down the two sides of the bag. 

Insert the bag into the box. Now this year I want to try my hand at planting some sunflowers. They are some of my favorite flowers and I would love to see them growing in my backyard. I picked up seeds and potting soil at Target. 

Add the soil to the box and dig a small hole for your sunflowers. Living in New England often times to grow from seeds you should start indoors. It still being April the temperatures can still drop into the 30’s at night. I keep my seedlings on the sunporch until they are ready to plant. 

Now what about watering the plants? You have to be careful not to overwater seedlings. The next project I did is very simple. I took my drill and a small drill bit and put a whole in the top of my mouthwash bottle that was empty. Be sure that your mouthwash bottle is washed out really well. 

Fill the mouthwash bottle up and you have yourself a DIY “watering can.” I actually really enjoy using it. I feel like I have more control of how much water comes out as to not overwater the seeds. 

And so now we wait! In 7-10 days the seeds should start sprouting! 

Make sure you check out Tom’s of Maine’s exclusive products with Target including Sensitive Fragrance-Free body wash and soap bar, Kid’s Gel and Toddler Value Pack. Don’t forget the Cartwheel offer

Also don’t forget to make your pledge to reduce your waste by 1lb a week. Take the #LessWasteChallenge pledge. We want to hear what changes you are making so remember to use the #LessWasteChallenge hashtag on social. 

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  1. What a fun upcycle, Michelle! What a neat program from Toms – I’m going to take the pledge. 🙂

  2. Just Brilliant! Such a great idea to use that toothpaste box for your seedlings and that mouthwash bottle for your ‘watering can’! Thanks for the recycling inspiration…you’ve got me looking to see what I could reuse instead of trash.
    Have a great weekend my friend.
    Hugs, Lynn