Well preserved

WASTEBUSTERS

Last updated 11:35 27/01/2014
Dead flowers
Dead flowers don’t have to go in the bin.

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In the quest for zero waste we often need to get creative about ways to recycle the unexpected - like a bunch of flowers.

If you've been lucky enough to be the recipient of a lovely bouquet recently, here are four creative ways to save the memory, and avoid the bin:

Rapid-dry your flowers in the microwave
Place one flower at a time in a microwave-proof bowl and cover with 4 cups of cat litter, then microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. When the cat litter is cooled, remove the flower and brush off any excess.

Preserve your flowers in silica gel
Bury sturdy flowers, like roses, in a large container of silica gel (available from craft stores). In a few days to a week, gently uncover vibrant, preserved flowers.

Pressed flowers
Line a page in a heavy book with waxed paper and arrange flowers face down so they don't overlap. Close the book and leave untouched for 7-10 days.

Air drying
Hang bouquets upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight, like the ceiling space or an empty wardrobe. In a few weeks you'll have beautiful, old-fashioned dried flowers.

For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email southlandwastebusters@gmail.com

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- The Southland Times

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