Okay, I counted eight jars that used to be full of my favorite cheese and ranch dip. They are not made out of plastic like lots of the containers are these days. They’re made of glass and have metal lids. So with that I can separate all my washers, nuts, bolts, screws, nails and all that junk and then I can take an old book case and drill screws into the metal lids so after I put all the nuts and bolts and stuff in each jar, I can screw the jars upwards to the lids that are underneath each shelf. It’s no longer a bookcase. It’s now a hardware fastener organizer thingy.
Now, what to do with the shelf. I guess I’ll put it in my storage shed. Or back in the closet, hidden behind my shirts and jackets. Whatever. You can put it anywhere you want but if you want to keep your home looking less like a hardware store, better place them nuts and bolts out there in the garage!
Next, I got way too many plastic grocery sacks, and the city don’t want them in their recycle bins. No way, no how. And since they are useful for putting stuff in like old magazines, and what have you, they can be used again so they have to be crammed into these huge pickle jars. I managed to cram more of these plastic store bags inside one pickle jar than I realized was humanly possible.
So far I’ve done what probably millions of people are already doing right? So what’s really new about this idea? Nothing really. I just thought I’d throw the idea out there to refresh people’s minds about recycling stuff in their homes without sending it right directly to the city land fill that’s all. Putting it off, so to speak from the inevitable.
I like being able to see what’s inside each of them jars so I can tell just where to look when I’m hunting down a 2 inch wood screw or a quarter inch flat washer.
Now back to the big pickle jar thing. I sometimes go to the office supply store and buy these large bags of rubber bands. They fit well into another one of those large pickle jars don’t they? I think so.
This way at least I don’t waste plastic bags and don’t fill the city landfill with perfectly reusable mason jars that once contained my favorite tasty cheese and chili dips.
What about plastic soda bottles? I just can’t tell what to do with them. I want to do something creative but what? Maybe I could fill them with water and turn ’em upside down and put them in the dirt next to my plants so they can get a constant water supply? What next? I don’t know but I’m kind of working on it.
These ideas are not so original I know, but to me anything I think of is new to me. Maybe you will get some ideas from the links below and then you will be starting on a new path to green living. It’s the right time to stop and smell the plastic.
I saw a video of these guys making a house out of big rig wheels and stacking them along each other and filling them with sand and going from there until an entire house was created. It was really wild.
If you want I can put a link here for more ideas for reusing stuff rather than just throwing it away:
Mason jars Reused.
And things to do with those hundreds of grocery bags you take home every week:
18 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags.