Did you know that there are millions of plastic items floating around out there in landfills? Kind of a sickening thought, huh? In my tiny town of 385 people, we have a recycling
transfer station and for the items we don't reuse, my husband takes them in about once a month. Hey, it's a tiny house and even though I try, I just can't use everything.
You can keep your plastic milk jugs out of the garbage and the landfills by reusing them for everyday household organization and storage, in your yard and garden and basic toys for your kids. Try out some of these ideas.
- Make a cheap, easy and convenient bird feeder.
- Use them as a seed starting container by cutting off the jug about 3 inches from the bottom and poking small holes in the bottom for water drainage. Fill with potting soil and some seeds.
- Poke holes in the bottom of the jug and use as a watering can for your garden plants and flowers.
- Cut into strips and use a permanent marker to make plant markers.
- Cut the bottom and part of the handle off and use as a scoop.
- Cut off the bottom of the jug, poke a hole at the top of the handle and thread heavy wire through into the soil and use as a protector of your plants from the hot sun or inclement weather.
- Use as floaters for your kids when they are swimming or in the water. Tie a string to each handle and then tie around your child.
- Cut the bottom off and use the top as a funnel.
- Cut a hole opposite the handle and use as a storage container for almost anything. Works great for storing golf balls, nails, screws, and rubber bands and probably a thousand other things.
- Cut out a hole opposite the handle and use to store your plastic bags.
- Save them for when you need water. This works great for me when we forget to let the water drip in the winter and wake up to frozen pipes. I just run down to a friends house or to my dads house and fill up the empty jugs with water. Sure beats melting snow, cause you don't want to know how much snow it takes to make a gallon of water!!
- Cut the top off and use the bottom as a catch all container for things that don't have a permanent home.
- Cut a hole near the top and use to store your toilet brush.
- Use to store dry goods such as rice, coffee, and sugar.
- Cut a 1/4 inch slit near the top of the milk jug and use as a piggy bank. Decorate your new penny saver however you wish.
I love all these ideas and have tried the majority of them. I haven't tried the piggy bank yet, but I think that it is a great way to get my toddler involved in some of my projects. What are some of the ways you recycle your plastic jugs?