new experience #34: create organics bin origami

sometimes, i open the cupboard door of the storage space under the kitchen sink, and am almost knocked over by the icky smell that greets my nose. phew, what IS that stench??

there's the culprit!

oh, yea. when was the last time i changed the bag in the organics bin??….[at some point, i even showed you a gross photo of the contents of said organics bin – i won’t inflict that on you again, today…mainly because i can’t find the blog post with the photo – let’s just say it was quite a disgusting sight].

almost exactly one year ago, our condo building signed up to take part in a pilot project for green bins. i talked about the open house session they held for us here!

at that time, we received a slew of liner bags for the green bins:

but now there are only three left!

i’d say that our garbage waste was cut back by at least 50% once we started using the green bin. it’s awesome!

i don’t understand why i’m so lax about letting the green bin contents sit around. i’m generally neat and tidy, and keep an organized household…but this changing-of-the-green-bin bag is my achilles heel.

the problem is that the green bin bags are just too durable! with their heavy paper exterior…

they're even bilingual!

and plastic-like lined interior…

what is that material, then, if it's not plastic??

…they never leak, so i just keep dumping in the green refuse ’til the bag is overflowing full!

we received a whole kit of instructions and suggestions with the green bin. one sheet of paper showed that you could make your own bin liners – organics origami!

pictures + written instructions? this should be no sweat!

you can find these very same instructions online here (it’s a video – super ez!).

[tangent: did anyone else fold newpaper hats and boats when they were little? like curious george?!!]


i thought of saving this artsy-craftsy folding project to do as a new experience way back last november…especially after i saw the price of the liner bags at valumart.

so, this new experience is a win-win situation, all around. i get to do a craft project; i get a replenished supply of liner bags out of the deal; the liner bags will be less sturdy and therefore need changing more often; and i save money!

this week, thanks to the plethora of newspapers gracing my abode…

that's only one day's worth, thanks to inheriting papers from both my neighbour and mom & dad!

…i decided it was the perfect time for the green bin bag project.

i put on a little christmas music z103.5 as background entertainment, and got to folding.

[working, working, folding, working…]

i determined that ten bags would be a fair number, both to have on hand (don’t want to have too many in case they suck) and to qualify as justifiable new experience.

ta da!

they're certainly more colourful!

and they fit! (not actually using one yet. the current bag has lotsa days left in it!)

that was very fun! after ~three bags, i didn’t even need to reference the directions, and was a wild folding machine.

once i use a few of the bags, i’ll update you on how they work. will there be a difference between using the globe and mail vs the k-w record? (the globe paper is better quality).

i’m betting the origami liner bags will need changing every 24 hours. maybe this will teach me new habits, and eventually i’ll be able to use store-bought liner bags in a responsible manner!

so, where do the green bin bags go when we empty them? well, there are humungous green bins into which all of us residents can all dump our smelly paper bags:

think of all the garbage space we're saving!

haha, check out the note that the supers had to leave on the bins:

can't believe they actually had to state that in writing

how gross, eh? dog poop in the green bin? that would really stink!!

just how artsy-craftsy are YOU?! knitting is my #1 form of creative expression, but i do like to piddle around with making birthday cards, wrapping presents creatively. i’ve used a glue gun once in my life…and mom and i took a bow-making course one evening – one hit wonders, both of those events.


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november thankfulness:

(for friday november 11): yesterday i was thankful for remembrance day, and that we take the time to acknowledge those who have fought for our country, and also those who are peacekeepers. i am also thankful to have never had to experience war myself, and for the freedom and peace we enjoy in canada.

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  • Stephanie  On November 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I love green bins. When I lived in Toronto, animal waste went into the green bin, even if it was in bags. I bought compostable poop bags, but I know that some people didn’t. Here in Nova Scotia, there’s no animal waste in the green bins. It makes me feel guilty to throw it in the garbage.

    I change out my green bin bag when it’s full. Once, there were chicken bones in the bag, and for whatever reason I didn’t empty it for nearly a week. There were giant white WORMS in my green bin. I seriously almost threw up.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      white worms?? oh my gosh, that would totally do me in. i’m getting the willies just thinking of that! i bet filling your green bin takes a while since it’s only you and jp, too. it’s so interesting, the differences in recycling/composting practices among different regions/provinces. dog poop SHOULD be compostable (i almost typed recyclable – um, no thanks) – there is LOTS produced, for sure!

  • Anonymous  On November 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Hey, great idea! I’m a total delinquent when it comes to changing our bag. I swear it sits under our sink for a good week or more- always overflowing and disgusting and leaking. Ick!
    You know, you should try making some Christmas ornaments. I made a few already – styrofoam balls and sequins. They turned out really well.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      yea! i’m glad i’m not the only one who *forgets* to change the organics bag! it really is such a great idea, diverts trash etc…but is a little high maintenance! yippee for christmas crafting – good for you with the ornaments! i have a “new experience” i hope to craft for christmas…and you can never go wrong with sequins!

  • Zo  On November 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I’m so not arty/crafty! I can’t get edges to match up when I fold, I can’t cut on a straight line (when I wrap presents, it looks like a child did it).
    Funny you should write about environmental things today since, mr sc grabbed the opportunity to recycle some electronics today (the township only lets you do it the second saturday of the month). Sometimes it’s not so easy to be good, but it’s great that your building is making the effort and that you’ve turned it into a fun project!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Those free electronics recycling days are a great idea. This must be “recycling saturday!”
      I understand the crooked paper cutting – I need hallmark brand paper where they give you grid lines on the wrong side!

  • Gina Unger  On November 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

    good job on the origami liners! i’m sure you’ll like using them and it totally saves you moola! we have always used newspapers in our compost bin under our sink and the newspaper survives no problem for a week or more – we just empty the bin when it’s full and there’s no stink if it’s left open (i.e. don’t put a lid on the bin under the sink! we used to do that and it was an awful smell!)

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

      haha! this is great news if i can go a week with using newspaper liners! i do keep the lid open on my green bin, too – i can’t imagine the smell if you closed it and then opened it – whew! have a great weekend, g!

  • Lisa  On November 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Wow—love the green bin idea! We don’t have that, but I can run my food scraps across the street to my mom’s composting bin! When they got it two years ago, we’d freeze our compost and then dump it when we visited…till they told us we had to give it a break b/c we were filling the thing up too fast! This year, we dumped in our garden (about 25 min away at joe’s parents’ house) when it was convenient. I think a lot of times, it’s just about starting a habit—and I bet your newspaper approach will encourage you to make a new habit of taking it out…really fast!

    I’m not crafty. I don’t really enjoy making things very much, but when it’s totally functional I can be on board with that!

    Have a great weekend!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

      yes, i like the green bin more than composting as there is less upkeep. glad you have access to your mom’s (i’m sure she loves seeing you come across the street bearing food scraps!). good luck with the yoga training – hope you get some breaks during the day to enjoy time outside!

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