Here’s a short story about my experience yesterday with what I’m calling “purposeful repurposing.”
I went to the grocery store in search of small reusable containers, like the salad dressing sized ones that Glad makes. The ultimate purpose for these containers was to use them to portion out individual servings of yogurt for my 1-year-old. That way, I could buy a large tub of yogurt instead of individual cups, which means less packaging and more $$ savings.
I picked up the box of 8 Glad ware containers, priced at $3.79. But then I had an idea. I love glass baby food jars. They last nearly forever, they aren’t plastic and they’re perfect for portioning all kinds of things… including yogurt. So, I strolled on down to the baby aisle and for $.69 each, I could buy the large size of stage 3 baby food. True, 8 baby food jars comes to $5.52 + tax, BUT they also come with… baby food! My one year old still eats some pureed foods, so not only would I get 8 meals, but I would get 8 reusable containers that last a lot longer than plastic.
I understand that this is a unique situation and not all of you have young children, but I think the idea applies to other situations. Now, let me be clear: I do not advocate buying a product simply for the container. But, if the container holds something that you would eat or use anyway, then by all means, go ahead!
Photo by Jeff Keen.