I’ve been lax in linking over to my BlogHer posts lately because I’m still finding my stride. What works over there doesn’t necessarily work over here and vice versa. Different audience. Different format. I can’t write stuff the same way. Anyway, this week’s piece on repurposing recyclables seems relevant (and applicable to blog posts, too), so here it is. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.
Turning over your recycling to your town every week is great and
everything, but think before you fling useful trash into the
recycle bin. Recycling still swallows resources and some materials may
have plenty of remaining life before they progress on their spiritual
path toward reincarnation. Here are some ideas for getting extra
mileage out of your food packaging through creative repurposing.
a page from elementary schools across the country and start your
sunflower seeds or other seedlings here. Given my particular set of
gardening skills, I don't have personal experience with this but it
seems theoretically possible.
The blog at FamilyCorner.com has 18 more ways to reuse egg cartons. Often, local farms are happy to take your extra egg cartons off your hands, too.
possibilities for milk jugs are endless: as scoops for the sandbox or
filled with water to weigh down your sauerkraut during the fermentation
process. I also use mine as semi-disposable compost buckets.
They’re light and have handles so I can send the kids up the hill to the compost bin. They think it’s fun, and I delight in their convenient delusions. Previous buckets have gotten disgusting after a while. Milk jugs work well because when they get too gross, I just hose them down and then recycle.
DailyEcoTips also suggests using plastic milk bottles to protect young plants in the garden from non-human foragers. The greenhouse effect is an added bonus.
by the local pub, these can be used as handy caddies for outdoor
dining. Carry utensils, condiments, and salt and pepper shakers back and forth
to your picnic table. Flatten one of the interior separators to fit
napkins. It also gives you a good excuse to pound beers.
Jars and bottles
I use empty spice bottles for bud vases and mason jars for larger arrangements. That’s not true, exactly. Husband does all the flower arranging around here. I suck.
The Paisley Farmhouse has lots of other ideas for mason jars, too.