Eco-Workshop No. 1: The Mini Greenhouse

Your recycling bin is a real gold mine! With a little imagination, you can reuse or transform all kinds of containers and packaging. Doing crafts with the kids will stimulate their creativity and teach them good practices in regard to reusing and recycling.

For our first eco-workshop, we are proposing a mini greenhouse made from a plastic container and some empty paper rolls. Here’s how to do it:

  • Empty plastic container
  • Empty paper rolls
  • Seeds
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or stick (to make holes)
  • Small shover
  • Spoon
  • Soil
  • Spray bottle or watering can
  • Water


Using your scissors, cut the paper rolls so that they fit upright into the plastic container. Leave about 1½ inches between the top of the roll and the container cover, so that the plant has room to grow.


Cover the bottom of the container with soil.


Place the rolls upright in the container and use your spoon to fill them with soil.


Use you pencil or stick to make holes in the soil before adding the seeds (check on the package for how deep you should plant the seeds).


Plant 1 or 2 seeds in each paper roll.


Cover the seeds with soil and press gently.


Water the seeds being careful not to soak the soil!


Close the container and place it near a sunny window.

Do you have ideas for crafts? Let us know!

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Anne-Marie Gingras

A Communications Advisor with Cascades since 2011, Anne-Marie now also fulfills the position of Community Manager. She holds a BA in Public Communication from the Université Laval and a Certificate in Marketing from the Université de Trois-Rivières. As Community Manager, she is in constant contact with the public, sharing the company's newest innovations and reporting on its involvement within the communities it calls home. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work for a company that is responsible, respectful and transparent. It gives me a great sense of pride! Through social media, we are now able to interact with the population and we value this close contact. Cascades is an organization that encourages creativity and initiative, which allows us to develop in a very stimulating work environment."

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