Got a bunch of jars or jar lids hanging around the house? Want to contribute to saving the planet rather than contribute to the growth of landfill? Call it recycling or call it upcycling or call it just plain old thrifty living, but jars and their lids have more lives than two and a half cats. If you know what to do with them. Here are some excellent ideas for giving new life to jars and their lids by recycling them into things you would have just wasted money buying anyway.
They say recycling begins at home. Or anyway, they say something. Have you priced coasters lately? Ridiculous. Especially when the lids of jars make for quick and easy and very cheap coasters that may just also help save you money by extending the aesthetic life of the surface of any table upon which you set your drink.
How much do you spend on products to improve the quality of air inside your home. Probably not enough because the quality of the air inside your home is likely even worse than you think. Even so, buying fancy little jars filled with expensive potpourri makes little sense when you can recycle old jars by filling them with flowers, spices, scented candles and various other sundry items capable of drowning out the bouquet produced all those dangerous chemicals in the home.
Got any spare jars of different colors laying about? Ever think of carefully smashing those colored jars and creating your own stained glass window? Doesn’t have to be a real window, of course. A mosaic of broken bits of jars fastened onto a frame and artfully arranged on the wall can have all the beauty of a window.
Part of the point of recycling is save money as well as the planet, you know. And what better way to remind yourself of all the money you saved by not spending unwisely on an overpriced piggy bank than to make a piggy bank from leftover jars.
Head to a store like Staples or Wal-Mart or Target and take a look at all the merchandise that is available to buy in order to organize your life. By the time you’ve bought everything you need to store and organize everything your house, you will have spent at least a day’s salary. Organizing your stuff is expensive! But it doesn’t need to be. Take a look at all the jars you use over the course of a year and you will find containers of various heights, widths and depths. Instead of throwing them out, find a place to arrange them and set the jars there and fill them up with things like rubber bands, cotton balls, screws and nails, batteries, guitar picks, pencils, straws and, well, any of the other little things that you find yourself looking all over the house for.
You think that bugs are not making their way into your flour, sugar, cereal, pasta and other food. You think that. But in a lot of cases, it’s not true. Recycling old jars with lids is not just a great way to keep stuff out of landfills, it’s the most effective way to keep bugs out of food in your pantry kept in loose packaging. Breakfast cereal, crackers, pretzels, chips, flour, sugar and pretty much anything else in the kitchen that you can’t guarantee is tightly obstructed against tiny little creepy-crawlies are very securely contained inside jars.
A really cool and creative way to decorate your work cubicle or any wall in the home is to print out your favorite images captured on your cell phone camera and glue them to those little inserts between the lid and the actual jar. You know the thing I’m talking about. You take off the lid and there’s that second protective layer. C’mon, you know the thing. Anyway, give that thing a good scrubbing and after you’ve glued images onto enough of them, you’ve got the makings of one of the more aesthetic recycling ideas for old jars. All that is required now is to affix them in a pattern to the surface of your choice.