In an effort to be more eco-friendly and save money, I started looking at reusable containers and how I could reduce waste in the process. Now, I have reusable containers throughout my home with containers that I had bought for other reasons. Not only have I reused many items, but I have also saved money by not buying other products. Here are some of my ideas for reusable containers:
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Argo Tea Jars
I love Argo tea, but I think I may love the glass container even more than the tea. I use two argo jars to bring water to work. I’ve used them to make calm down jars. In addition, I have frozen soups in them when I make a large crockpot meal. I just put the jar in the fridge the day before, and it’s defrosted by the time I get home from to pour out and reheat on the stove. You can find Argo tea at CVS, Walgreens, or sometimes the organic section of the grocery store.
Parmesan Cheese shakers
Because I use so much baking soda, I buy the bulk bag at walmart. Even though it is more economical, It’s hard to lug that bag around when I’m cleaning around the house. After finishing a container of parmesan cheese, I realized that it was the perfect size to store baking soda in. I now have three containers that I have saved to keep a container of baking soda in both of my bathrooms and kitchen. Check out my other post on reusing parmesan cheese shakers!
Baby Wipes containers
Baby wipes containers make great storage boxes for card games, small toys, craft supplies, or a number of other items.
Many plastic containers can be used to pack lunches. Because of health risks, you shouldn’t use plastic containers if you need to heat your lunch in the microwave, but cold lunches can be stored in these containers. This can also help you save money on buying tupperware or sandwich bags. In particular, I love reusing Talenti gelato containers. They hold crayons, lunch items, vegetable scraps to save for veggie stock, and even make a mini trash can for your car if you have an oversized cup holder in your car.
Like plastic containers, glass jars can be washed out and reused for numerous reasons like pen holder, vases, cosmetic containers, etc. Even though mason jars have become extremely popular, you don’t need to go and buy a case of jars when you have several in your cupboard. Large pickle jars can be cleaned out and used to store flour and sugar. If you’re worried that your house is going to look like a recycling center, Krylonsells several glass spray that can easily transform your glass jars (I love the sea glass spray personally). There’s also a tutorial here for covering the lids.
So many products we buy come in paper or plastic containers. Because I’m trying to reduce waste, I separate all my paper products and either compost them or use them as kindling in my fire pit on a cold night. I save everything from junk mail to old pizza boxes.
Do you have reusable containers in your home? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments and don’t forget to pin!