Every food item in the market comes in some kind of packaging. While most food packaging consists of single-use plastic, some everyday essentials are sold in glass, metal, and fibre containers. They can be easily cleaned and repurposed in our homes and at work.
How to clean the containers before reusing them?
Wash the container with warm, soapy water to eliminate any smell and contents of the previous food item. To get rid of the labels, simply place the glass container in oven/microwave for 10 minutes till it is hot. The heat should melt the glue and make peeling labels an easy task. If the surface is sticky after peeling the label off, soak it in soapy water and rinse. Another great technique to remove labels is freezing. Place a glass container in the freezer with the lid off or soak it in ice water overnight. Due to freezing, the adhesive used to stick the label solidifies and comes off quickly without leaving a gluey surface.
Wondering which packaging containers to reuse and how?
Here are some simple ideas to repurpose food containers and reduce your environmental impact.
1. Glass bottles: Oil, milk, wine, and various syrups available in the market are packaged in high-quality glass bottles. These bottles are perfect as reusable containers for storing bulk candies or to simply use as decorations.
2. Candy tins: Candy and mint tins are great for organization purposes. They can also be used as travel-sized containers for trips. Next time, don't throw away your candy tins. Tap into your creativity and find different ways to use them in your home.
3. Glass jars: Jam, pickles, and peanut butter jars are made of good quality glass with screw-on lids. Once emptied, they can be easily washed and repurposed. From stocking food to growing plants, the options are endless.
4. Food tins: Food tins are used and thrown out regularly. Instead of tossing them out next time, try to upcycle them. They are durable and can turn out to be awesome craft items. They can also be repurposed as silverware or craft supplies holder. Tin pots fit well in the garden too.
5. Candle jars: Candle jars are the perfect alternative for small vases. Their size is ideal for planting succulents. Candle jars are also great for organization. Use it in the bedroom to sort your make up or use it to store craft and office supplies. It is quite versatile.
6. Coke bottles: Tonnes of coke bottles are already polluting the planet. Next time you finish your cola, try reusing the glass bottle. It's small and handy in the kitchen. Store oils or use them as dish soap dispensers.
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7. Cleaning spray bottles: Do not discard your single-use cleaning spray bottles after running out. Instead, refill them with our cleaning tablets. With just one tab you get a whole bottle of powerful cleaning solution, and one less plastic bottle is thrown away.
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Single-use plastic culture is endangering the environment in countless ways. Plastic pollution literally exists everywhere. In the oceans, in the soil, in the air, we breathe, and also in our food chain. With the ongoing pandemic, the rate of single-use plastic consumption has reached an all-time high.
This July, it is more important than ever to follow the Plastic Free July challenge. The main aim of Plastic Free July is to minimize the use of disposable items, especially single-use plastic. While eliminating all the plastic from your home can be overwhelming, you can decide which items you want to swap initially.
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