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Reusing Yogurt Containers

Gotta love yogurt.  Healthy, creamy, sweet, and chock full o' acidophilus.  But there's one thinreusing and recycling yogurt containersg about that cup of yogurt that is not to love:  the containers they come in.  Most yogurt comes in polypropylene (#5) plastic containers, which is not recycled in many cities.  Other common items that come in polypropylene are butter, margarine, cottage cheese, hummus, and cream cheese.

Before recycling your yogurt container, get as much use out of the little containers as you can.  After all, isn't the adage "Reduce, REUSE, Recycle?"  So, let's talk about how you can reuse those old Stonyfield Farm containers over and over...


Yogurt containers are great for gardening!

You can start seeds there in the spring before transplanting them into your garden.  Poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and plant some seeds!  After you've replanted them, save the containers because you can use them again next year.

Another way that yogurt containers are useful for gardening is that they make great scoops for scooping up soil, fertilizer, or compost.

You can also use yogurt containers as cutworm collars, like so.

For those big yogurt containers, you can also do some container gardening in them, especially for herbs.

You and your kids can do arts and crafts with them.

All you need is some glue, construction paper, glitter, sequins, or whatever you want to turn those containers into anything -- from pencil cups to Christmas ornaments.

Organize your house with them.

One for paper clips, one for pencils, etc. in your office.  They're also the perfect size for organizing craft supplies and for organizing things like screws and nails.

You can also use them in place of Tupperware containers, if they're the kinds with lids as opposed to foil.  Store your leftovers in them or bring your lunch to work in them.  My grandmother used to save them for drinking cups!

Plastic #5 does not contain BPA and is not thought to leach chemicals when heated, but I would personally still err on the side of caution and not microwave a yogurt container or put anything hot into it.

Comments

Great tips. A friend of mine

Great tips. A friend of mine who's an artist also uses yogurt cups for mixing and storing paint. Another place to recycle them (if you can't through your city) is this: http://www.terracycle.net/totals

Thanks for the advice!

That's definitely another great way to reuse yogurt cups. 

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