What can I reuse or recycle to make soap moulds?

November 10, 2011 by  
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I made my first batch of cold-process soap earlier in the year – it took FOREVER to trace, but we’ve loved the resulting soap so I need to make some more. Ever since I made that first batch, I’ve been on the look out for what I can use as moulds this time around. Last time, I had two old food trays for bar soaps, but when I ended up making a lot more soap than I’d originally intended, I grabbed whatever else I could find – some shaped fruit trays (small hand soaps), an old round ice cream tub (too wide when sliced into discs so had to cut them into semi-circles, which was a bit odd) and the square edged plastic bottles the olive oil had come in (nice size hand soaps, but it was awkward to get it out). (The latter two can be seen in the picture.) All sorts of packaging has been subject to my “would it make nice soap?” eye. A few weeks ago, I was reading about someone else’s soap making on Simple, Green, Frugal and she mentioned using poster tubes (with the bottom sealed up) to make nice sized round soaps. As we’ve not had any posters or the like delivered recently, we haven’t got any of those but it got me thinking about similar cylinders: a litre-ish, straight-ish juice or pop bottles would probably about the right size, although it’d probably be awkward to get out like the olive oil bottle. That led me down another juice line: John has got a bit of an obsession with chocolate soya milk at the moment which comes in tetrapak containers – that would be a nice size for square bar soaps and be easier to cut out… Anyway, long story slightly shorter, what else can I reuse or recycle to make either interesting shaped soaps or simple practical ones? If you make your own (cold-process) soap, what do you use? Do you have any upcycled moulds that you can reuse again and again rather than destroying (like would happen with the poster tube or my juice containers)? Or on the flipside, anything you’ve used that you’d urge other people not to use? (A few notes for non-soap makers: the soap mix at the point of pouring is about body temperature for “cold-process” soaps so plastic melting is not usually an issue, but it is incredibly caustic at this point, and will react to metals other than stainless steel. It’s poured into the mould when it’s hit “trace”, a gloopy rather than full liquid stage, and left to set in the moulds for a few days, then popped out of the moulds to continue “curing” for a few weeks before use.)

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6 Prototypes With Interesting Uses For Bamboo and Silk From Buenos Aires

October 25, 2011 by  
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© Paula Alvarado The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Design Center recently organized a workshop to encourage local designers to explore the possibilities of bamboo and artisan silk as materials…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Modern-Day Johnny Appleseed Has Planted 13,849 Trees

October 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: sneakerdog / cc Chances are that you’ve never heard of Gene DeSantis, but his story seems one destined for legend. In fact, he’s already being likened to a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. For almost three decades, DeSantis has made it his mission to plant trees throughout Baltimore — with nearly 14 thousand of them planted so far. And like that famed American naturalist before him, much of DeSantis’ everyday life is marked with a humility and spirit of volunteerism so rarely seen, yet so very needed…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Documents Reveal Shell Paid Nigerian Military to Suppress Protests

October 4, 2011 by  
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Image: Lee Jordan via flickr Interesting news from The Guardian this week: oil giant Shell worked with the Nigerian military and with mobile police to suppress protests against its oil activities in the 1990s, according to court documents that were held secret for years. Most of the resistance came from Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, homeland of the famous activist Ken Saro-Wiwa , who was

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Shark Week: Interesting Facts About Sharks!

August 5, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC ???????^??????? With Discovery’s Shark Week almost over, now is a good time to look back on some of what we’ve learned this week, and to learn a few facts about these magnificent ocean predators. (Yes, those little waves when a triangle above are supposed to be water and a shark fin. ASCII art at its finest!)… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Trent Lott Calls for a Higher Gas Tax (Video)

August 5, 2011 by  
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Can Political Opposition to Transit/Rail/Bikes be Explained by the Rural/Urban Divide?

January 26, 2011 by  
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Image: The Transport Politic All Politics is Local Without getting into partisan politics (that way lies madness), it’s fairly easy to conclude that in the U.S., one of the two main parties has been more opposed to things like transit, bike infrastructure, rail, etc (I’ll let you guess which one I’m talking about). So far a lot of ink has been spilled on how this is an ideological difference, but there’s another interesting way to look at it which I think could further explain the rift. The graph above shows which party is in power on one axis and population density on the other.

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Natural Gas Far Less Green Than Claimed – Fracking Emissions 1000s Times Higher Than Reported: EPA

January 26, 2011 by  
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No one would argue that natural gas is a carbon-neutral or even low-carbon energy source, but it’s a whole heck of a lot better than burning coal, oil from tar sands, or oil from anywhere for that matter. That’s the conventional viewpoint.

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Growth Raises Tough Questions for a Tiny Company

January 26, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: A Girl With Tea / Creative Commons Last week the Federal Trade Commission gave the green light for Coca-Cola to proceed with the purchase of Honest Tea. Acquisitions that exceed $63 million in value require government clearance to make sure the transaction isn’t anticompetitive—if a really big company buys another really big company, there is the potential for consumer choices to be l…

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Share Your Toyota Auto-Biography!

October 12, 2010 by  
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Through the years and hundreds of thousands of miles, your car probably has quite a few stories to tell. Unfortunately, cars can’t speak for themselves, so Toyota has created a place for you to share your interesting, inspiring or embarrassing stories from the road. Visit www.facebook.com/toyota to see other owners’ Auto-Biographies and share your own

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