While purchasing goods in plastic containers, we often neglect to start recycling and saving our environment from non-biodegradable products. However, we can recycle plastic containers purchased from our shop. Here you will find 5 other recycling uses for plastic containers.
First, the things you need:
- Any plastic containers -Glass jars with lids
- Plastic gum containers -Shoe boxes
- Empty toilet paper roll -Plastic butter dishes
- Empty paper towel roll -Plastic meat container
1. Look around your house to see where you could re-use a plastic/cardboard containers. Start saving plastic containers that food come in and also shoe boxes, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, gift boxes. When you need to organize look to the containers you have saved. There are many uses for these containers. Shop at home before going out to buy plastic containers/organizers…you will not only save money…but also save the earth.
2. If re-using plastic containers for non-perishable items…go to your local craft shop and pick up some scrap-booking paper and decorate the container to make it personal and decorative. You can also use permanent markers on plastic containers to decorate them. Get the kids involved and make it a rainy or sunny day project. Kids love to create and it will also get their creative juices flowing as well as teaching them to re-use and recycle. Plastic containers can be used to send left overs home with guests or to save any left overs for later. They are great to organize your junk drawer…rubber bands, paperclips (the plastic gum containers are good for these), screws & nails, batteries, etc. the list can go on and on. Just get creative and the ideas will flow.
3. Plastic containers come in many shapes and sizes and if you just sit and look at it and say to yourself…“what could I re-use this for?” before throwing it away…I am positive you will come up with some use and save a penny or two for yourself. You may also want to put those pennies and dollars that you saved by recycling in a jar for a rainy day adventure.
4. Re-use your paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls to keep your craft supplies organized…wrap ribbon around them or elastic. Make a telescope for the kids or try and dream up a kaleidoscope. There are many things you can do…again…just let your creative juices flow.
5. If you are using a shoe box these are great for storing bank statements, credit card statements, pens, pencils, office supplies. Decorate the outside of these with paper as well or use white or brown craft paper and use permanent markers to dress them up and label them with what is in them. Boxes can also be used in linen and bathroom closets to organize your bathroom supplies. They are great for a work room or garage, as well.
Remember, the 3 R’s; Re-use, Reduce and Recycle.