Up-cycling your HAMAMA Coconut Mats

February 17, 2020 16 Comments

Coconut Husk Mat

[Created by Margaret of Paleogirl99. Please visit her Instagram @paleogirl99 or her blog at paleogirl99.com ]

 


 

What can I do with my used seed quilts you ask? ANYTHING but the garbage can is my reply!! There are lots of ways to repurpose or upcycle your mats.
First, peel off the seed layer and scrub or snip the roots off.
Give the mat a good washing with a natural gentle dish soap.
Then let the fun begin!

IN THE KITCHEN:
Cut them into thirds and use as scrubbers. These days many of the natural sponges have a coco fiber layer JUST like your mats.

IN THE BATHROOM:
You can use a piece as a soap holder in your shower or bathtub.


IN THE GARDEN:

Cube them and use as a mulch in your garden bed or containers. Coco fiber has excellent water retention properties. You can add more as you use your mats over time. It will break down and add organic matter to your soil. WIN WIN!

Cut them into a circle and use to cover the drainage hole in the bottom of your garden pots or seed starter trays. This will allow drainage but keeps the soil inside. BOOM!

Tear them up and add to your orchid pots as a natural mulch.
(I actually put these in my blendtec and let them spin for a few seconds to unwind the mats, but not sure how that would work in a regular blender, it was just my time saving hack.)

At the very least you should compost your mats. I home compost mine and have found a few tricks that help. I peel off the seed layer since I don’t want a bunch of “volunteer” plants in my compost bin. Then I either peel the remaining coco mat into layers or cut it with heavy kitchen shears into strips or cubes. That way it composts more quickly. The more you break it down the more quickly it will decompose. It is considered a brown for those of you that compost.

 


Feeling crafty? Why not make some ornaments for an au natural Christmas tree this year! All you need is a sharpie, some sharp scissors, a few cookie cutters and some colorful cord to make a fun and crafty ornament. Use a skewer to poke a hole for the cord.

 

 

[Created by Margaret of Paleogirl99. Please visit her Instagram @paleogirl99 or her blog at paleogirl99.com ]


16 Responses

Frances
Frances

January 16, 2020

I love these ideas!!! I’ve kept mine and used as a mulch mat/skirt for new plants, but I love the bathroom idea!!! Thank you, and keep the ideas coming!!!

Lynne Miles
Lynne Miles

January 06, 2020

Thanks for the tips. I’m already feeling precious about my mat and I just started my first. Mulch for my garden it will be!

Angela
Angela

January 04, 2020

love those recycling ideas!! Thanks.

Karen
Karen

January 04, 2020

Just getting ready to grow my first batch. Found this blog and recommended uses to be extremely helpful. Thanks!

Meirah
Meirah

January 03, 2020

FANTASTIC! I sensed that they were too precious to simply throw in the compost bin!!

Meirah
Meirah

January 03, 2020

FANTASTIC! I sensed that they were too precious to simply throw in the compost bin!!

Margaret
Margaret

December 03, 2019

Caroline, Karen, Connie, Linda, Hope, Sharon, Debra, Mary Jane and Dagmar….thank you for your comments and so happy you found the post useful. Let me know if you come up with other great uses!
Margaret

Caroline Boskovic
Caroline Boskovic

December 03, 2019

Thanks for the seed quilt upcycling recs! I have yet to receive my first Hamana order but am anxiously awaiting and have been reading up on how best to eat and use all that the kit has to offer. Can’t wait!

Karen W Vancil
Karen W Vancil

December 03, 2019

Totally exciting and inspiring! Thank you.

Connie Gustavsen
Connie Gustavsen

December 03, 2019

Great ideas!!! Thanks bunches!!

Linda
Linda

December 03, 2019

Great ideas! Glad to have hooked up with such a creative and upbeat group!!

Hope
Hope

December 03, 2019

Great ideas Margaret!! Love the ornaments, and going to try the scrubbers for sure, thanks for the tips!

Sharon
Sharon

December 03, 2019

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing! I will definitely use these tips.

Debra Woods Jenkins
Debra Woods Jenkins

December 03, 2019

How ingenious are these tips⁉️ Thank you, Margaret, as I never would have thought of these creative tips.

Mary Jane Bohlen
Mary Jane Bohlen

December 03, 2019

Thanks, great ideas!!!

Dagmar Naef
Dagmar Naef

December 03, 2019

Thank you so much for these ideas!!!

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