Reuse the glass jars that you are buying from your local supermarket.
Food often comes in glass jars, and while you can wash the jars and reuse them as food storage, they often get thrown into recycling. I know it seems like a no-brainer, but even I used to toss them away, not thinking how this impacts the environment.
Sure, glass is recyclable, but since it will need more energy to recycle, it’s just easier to reuse it for what it is now. This doesn’t mean you need to become a hoarder and never let go of your jars. No.
Just collect the nice ones and the ones that you don’t use anymore. See if you can get creative and turn them into…(fill in the gap).
The good news is that glass is 100% recyclable, and it doesn’t lose its value, unlike plastic. You can melt your glass and turn it into another glass product. When you do the same with plastic, you can only downgrade it. Meaning a clear plastic bottle can never become a clear bottle again. It most often gets turned into fibers for your synthetic clothing or park benches, for example.
I would love to hear your own ideas on the subject. What are you using empty glass jars for?
Here are some ideas on how you can make use of your mason jars:
My dad used glass jars for storage in his tool shed. You can screw a hole in the lid and attach the lid to a board for easy access
9 great uses for glass jars
- Herb garden
- Spice holder
- Drink glass
- Fairy lights
- Food container
- Coffee cup (with lid)
- pencil holder
- flower pot
Be creative and share your ideas on social media with us. There are so many different things you can do with a glass jar, I want to know your ideas. #zerowasteman