Yogurt is a healthy nutritious treat full of protein and calcium. I enjoy consuming yogurt nearly every day as a mid-afternoon snack or a late-night dessert. However, yogurt comes with the price of having to deal with the leftover container it comes in.
I love finding various ways to reduce the amount of waste I produce.
Recyclable? It’s all in the numbers . . .
Nearly all yogurt containers you buy are made of plastic. Certain plastics are in fact recyclable, but what most people may not know is that not all should be thrown in the recycling bin.
On your plastic products you should notice a recycling symbol somewhere. The symbol does not automatically mean it belongs in the recycling bin. There is a number present inside the symbol, which indicates the type of plastic the product is made out of. Some plastics are easier to recycle than others. To effectively recycle, you should check the number and also look into your area’s recycling program as stated in one of my previous posts.
I have discovered various uses for yogurt containers. Instead of tossing them in the trash after a one-time use, there are useful ways to reuse them.
Just make sure to wash the container before reusing them.
1) A handy storage container
It can be used for storing at home or when you’re traveling around. The yogurt container as well as the top (if you buy the yogurt that comes with granola or M&M’s) can be used to store food. Over the summer I had been attending classes at my local college. I tend to stay on campus to do some extra studying, so I pack myself a snack. Instead of wasting a plastic zip-lock bag, I just use the yogurt container. It’s very portable and easy to travel with while also holding a good serving size of chips or trail mix.
The yogurt containers can also be storage for other items like buttons, ribbon, pens or pencils.
2) A water container for painting
I like to paint and do various art crafts in my spare time. So I find the yogurt containers ideal for holding
the water I use to wash my paintbrush in or tip my fingers in when I handle clay. It’s a lot better than when I used to use a plastic cup to hold the water, which sadly often just went to the trash after I finished.
3) A circle template
Need to draw a perfect circle, but don’t have any circle templates from the craft store or a compass? Yogurt containers usually have a circular top and/or base. Thus, they can be easily turned into a template for a perfect circle.
Now these are only a few of the many reuses of yogurt containers. I have only tried these out, but the Huffington post offers a slide show of various other ways to reuse yogurt containers. Be creative and get as many uses out of your items as possible; it’ll help you produce less waste as well as saving a little money along the way!