Everyone is talking about going plastic-free and living a zero-waste lifestyle. Many of you are already ditching plastic food storage containers for plastic-free alternatives. But before you toss them in the recycling bin, check out these Eco-friendly ideas for plastic containers that you can use around the house.
Eco-friendly Ideas for Plastic Containers
If you’re reading this, then you are probably aware of how important it is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Many of us recycle on a daily bases, and we know how to reduce our consumption, but do we know good ideas to reuse the stuff we have?
Sandra Ann Harris, social entrepreneur and founder of ECOlunchbox, explains below.
“Did you know that every single piece of plastic ever created still exists? Since plastic is not biodegradable, it never goes away. Recycling is great, but ultimately only 1% of global plastics are successfully recycled, and it’s getting tougher to get old plastics into the recycling stream since there’s too much of the stuff flooding the marketplace.”
Instead of tossing those plastic containers in the recycling bin, why not reuse them into something useful? The only no, no, according to Ms. Harris, is using the plastic around food, especially when it comes to kids’ lunches since they leach toxins like BPA.
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Perhaps it’s inevitable to get rid of plastic totally, so why not turn those plastic containers into something useful. Here are a few ideas to upcycle plastic containers into useful items.
Recycled entertainment car kits to keep kids busy
Fill the plastic container with crayons, stickers, mini puzzles, toys, and other small items to keep kids busy on car rides. When not in use, snap the lid back on and keep it under the seat for when you need it again.
Plant a herb garden in a plastic container
Fill the containers will soil and drop in a few seeds to grow your herbs for cooking! Make sure to poke a few holes on the bottom for drainage and set the container on top of its matching lid to catch access water.
Reuse plastic containers to make a paint station
Set up a paint station for kids. Use plastic containers to help prevent spillage instead of cups that are likely to get knocked over.
Another idea is when preparing to paint a wall or cabinet, or something else, instead of purchasing a paint tray, use those old plastic containers that are stuck in the back of your kitchen cabinets.
Supply storage bins
Use plastic containers to create organizational tools for supplies such as sewing items, art supplies, and makeup. You can paint the outside or use washi tape to decorate them to blend in with your décor.
Make a mini compost from a plastic container
Most people keep their compost bins outdoors but use a smaller compost as a holder for coffee grounds, vegetable trimmings, and other compostable items until you can empty them into the larger bin. A plastic container is perfect, so no need to buy anything different.
Travel with no mess
If you are checking your bag on a flight or heading out on a road trip, fill up plastic containers with your toiletry items to prevent them from getting smashed in your suitcase or bag and leaking out.
Organize dresser drawers
Use plastic containers to keep items organized inside of dresser drawers such as socks, underwear, and other smaller things.
Can you think of other Eco-friendly ideas for plastic containers? I’d love to hear about it in a comment below.
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