I understand the need to reduce our plastic use - but I really don't understand the HUGE hoopla about straws. Heck some officials are calling for arrests if you are seen in public with a plastic straw! REALLY??? They don't have really important matters to tend to?
I recently saw a place here that now is serving paper straws - but they are in plastic covers!!! Drinks still come in plastic cups with plastic lids - but straws are the concern.
I don't want to get hounded by any political or extreme environmental comments - I know this is all important and we really need to get away from plastic.
We need to stop and really think of each purchase we make.
Here are some ideas for reusing and recycling those items we have in our homes.
This past week I 'saved' a lot of individual pop bottles from the trash from my neighbor. They gave me all their individual bottles. I thoroughly cleaned and filled them with filtered water for future use (my SHTF storage)! These smaller bottles and 1 and 2 liter pop bottles are much better for storage than milk jugs. Milk jugs are made a plastic that really breaks down easily and will eventually leak and leach nasty chemicals into your drinks.
Pop bottles, jugs that fruit juice comes in, that store bought tea comes in are all heavier and much better for storage.
2 Liter bottles are also great for storing dry items like pasta, bans and rice.
2 Liter bottles can be turned into wine racks or magazine /paper racks. Use your imagination!!
Do you get those plastic bags from the grocery? I try to always use my own bags - but sometimes run in and forget. I use those bags for small trash cans. They are good for pet poo-poo cleanup. If you keep them - you may start to hoard - as many stores are starting to eliminate them. Kroger just announced that they are going to start gradually eliminating.
From what I understand plastic bags have been banned from many of our western states for years.
The bags are often cut into strips and used to crochet. Rugs, hats, bags, scrubbies, etc. can be crocheted from plastic. I have seen lots of real neat items made from them. There are groups that crochet mats for the homeless from all the bags. Great reuse!
Any kind of plastic container can be turned into storage. Coffee containers make great dry storage containers. You can paint them on the outside or add contact paper to pretty up. If for extra storage in pantry - just add a label. They stack nicely too.
I use old spice container over and over for my dried herbs or for kitchen spices (I buy in bulk and keep smaller containers in kitchen.)
Bottles are great for storing dehydrated items as well. I do use a lot of glass for storage - but I reuse a lot of heavy plastic as well.
Plastic or plasticized feed bags (bird seed, etc.) and many pet food bags are great to recycle into reusable grocery bags or totes for the beach or even catch-all purses. There are ladies at the area farm markets that sell them for good money every year. They are sturdy and cute. I want to make some to use as my "goody" bags for Christmas.
I just love this idea. I get so many pretty bags from different types of bird seed and then dry cat food.
Smaller bottles can have items inside and be used as a rattle for kids or play toys for cats. LIDS HAVE TO BE TIGHT so no chance of them opening. I wouldn't do this for dogs as they will chew it.
I buy dish soap, soft soap, and laundry detergent and shampoo in BIG bulk bottles. I keep smaller bottles to refill. It may not be the best solution - but it keeps them out of the trash, and I am not buying umpteen smaller bottles!!
I have many scoops made from old laundry bottles and milk jugs. They are great for scooping seed - dirt - whatever you need it for.
I see a lot of yards with luminaries during Halloween and Christmas. Gallon milk jugs can be used. Cut off part of top, add sand, and place a votive candle in the sand. You can also paint spooky faces or snowmen or trees on them and they will look so pretty while glowing!
EDIT: I forgot to mention gallon ice cream containers! They are nice to make Easter baskets out of - good for making kids goodie baskets at holidays - great collection containers for kitchen scraps going out to compost - holding bird seed or pet food, gadgets in the garage - oh my, the list goes on and on.........
Folks we just need to be AWARE of our every purchases - so that we are not contributing any more than necessary to the litter of the earth.
REUSE AND RECYCLE everything you can.
There are just so many neat ideas out there and so many super ways to be CREATIVE with trash!!!!!
Check out Pinterest for TONS of ideas.
WHAT are some of your creative reuses for plastic items?
I love getting new ideas!!!!!!!
REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE