Do you have a list of repeat offendors? What I’m talking about is packaging waste that keeps reappearing in your house. Every time you turn around, you find yourself with another [blank] to throw in the recycle bin, or worse, you can’t recycle it! My [blank] is plastic fruit containers. My kids love strawberries and blueberries, so we end up with loads of the clear plastic clamshell containers. At a loss on what to do with them, I did a little research and found a few ideas.
How to reuse plastic clamshell fruit containers
- Cut off the lid and use the bottom for seedling planters (keep the lid to slide underneath and catch water)
- Blueberry containers would make a nice half or mini sandwich container in a lunch box
- Try using them in a child’s art project, like this “stained glass” hanging
- Store sewing or craft notions
- Donate your plastic containers to a local farmers market or farm
- Donate them to the art teacher at your child’s school (please ask first!)
- Bring back the ’80s and make Shrinky Dinks!
- Dress it up and use it as a gift container for homemade goodies or candy
- Make a mini Easter basket
- Use as a strainer for small bath toys (be sure there are no sharp edges)
- Create a mini colander to rinse fruit and veggies from your garden
- Use them to store homegrown fruit and veggies in the refrigerator
- Kids love containers; give your child one of these and put their imagination to work (to hold trinkets, as a dollhouse bed, Barbie hot tub, etc.)
- Make a homemade stencil by cutting a design into the lid of a container (here are some free patterns!)
What are some of the repeat offenders in your house?
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