Friday, March 27, 2009

Reusing plastic greens containers

My household goes through about 3 of these containers a week. These plastic lovelies originally hold organic baby spinach, romaine and spring mix. I couldn't help cringing at the thought of throwing them away (times 3!) every week, so I started using them in various places throughout my house. They wash up awesome in the sink (don't try the dishwasher, they melt-yikes) and they actually hold up great through a lot of wear and tear.

If you are looking for something to do with the plastic containers holding your greens besides recycling (or trying to extend their life-use before recycling-which we know energy and resources are used by recycling), then try these ideas to start REUSING them. They have worked extremely well for holding a multitude of things in my home-they have lids! Some things that have taken our greens' tubs to a new level are...

holders for:

~crayons, markers, chalk, paints
~hair clips and twisties
~rubber bands and kitchen gadgets
~tiny toys that the baby should not have near his mouth-hee hee-but 6 yr old can not imagine getting rid of
~envelopes and stamps
~extra pens and pencils
~spare change (if there is any)

Besides teaching our little ones to not waste and to reuse, what types of things would you be able to use them for?


Bhuvan Chand said...

Nice Article. Keep it up. But I think this is copy of your topic recycling process

kris said...

i was just thinking about this the other day w/ some plastic wear that we use a lot of. things that salads and stuff have come o/o. we use it for everything from left overs to hair ties to bug homes. my youngest is always capturing some sort of something!!

it's funny b/c we've only been recycling for about a year, but my kids are SO into it. i went to throw something o/ the other day b/c i had already checked and it wasn't recyclable, and try as i might, couldn't think of anything to reuse it for. my 9 yo practically yelled at me, "mom! it's plastic! put it in the bin!" i was like, 'it's not recyclable." he didn't belive me, had to check for himself:) it's great tho, glad they get it.

Jenn said...

duh! why didn't I think of this we go thru a few a week too, and I stupidly buy plastic bins the same size to hold the things you've mentioned... thanks