We live in a world where food is conveniently packaged into a range of containers for both liquid, and solid matter. Our food is presented to us in packets, boxes, jars, tins, cellophane, plastic and paper. Our packaged food can be frozen, heated, microwaved, shaken, squeezed, baked, sprinkled, poured, and finally, consumed.
“In some developing countries up to 50% of the food is wasted through poor packaging and distribution methods.” SOURCE: Packaging What a Waste? KESAB.
A few ideas for ways to recycle our prepared food containers.
Recycled Corona Beer Bottle Glass Tumblers
Empty Tin Can Kitchen Utensil Holder
Idea and Image c/o HGTV
Cereal box re-purposed into magazine storage
Recycled Drink Bottle Vases (for a Wedding)
Upcycled Chip Packet Purse
Portable lighting devices used to illuminate broad areas, lanterns are the perfect addition to any room, indoor or outdoor.
Here is a collection of handcrafted lanterns re-purposed from existing materials
Recycled Glass Lantern
Wine Bottle Lantern
Tin Can Lantern
Mason Jar Lantern
What to do with all your empty mason jars? A few ideas…
Stars jars via splattered glow paint inside mason jars
Tea in a jar
Image c/o PFE Photography
Pie in a jar
Image c/o a cup of Joe
Booze in a jar
Image c/o That Kind of Woman
According to Planet Green Recycling Centre, glass is not particularly friendly to our planet:
- It takes approximately 1 million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
- In the U.S. today, 34% of all glass containers are recycled.
- Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass.
- Glass never wears out – it can be recycled forever.
- Recycling glass saves 25-32% of the energy used to make glass.
- Glass containers save 9 gallons of fuel (oil) for every ton of glass recycled.
1 MILLION YEARS? That’s a really long time. Lets have a look at some creative ways to reuse glass:
Jar etching for decorative feature
“Glass etching can be incredibly beautiful, but often it is done with a caustic chemical, which is bad for the user and the environment. This recycled jar was etched with a dremel tool, and results in a organic yet beautiful finish. This jar shows an etching of the Hokusai’s Wave.”
Square Plates made from reclaimed window glass
Made byRecycled Glassworks
; handmade glassware upcycled from discarded window glass
in the San Francisco/Bay Area.
Sea Glass Necklace
Beautiful necklaces handmade using sea glass* handpicked from beaches in West Wales, NE England, Cornwall and Devon. Environmentally friendly, eco-conscious design.
*Sea glass is glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass * wikipedia
Baby Food Jar Snow Globes
Turn your finished baby food jars into snow globes!
Lovely stained glass stripey hearts, each one different. and made using the copper foil (Tiffany technique) and recycled glass. Made by AmyOrangeJuice