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It’s a problem perpetuated by the people, and chances are you're one of them!  It’s filling our oceans, forests, and even our bellies, and while the world is starting to wake up to its dangers, the plastic that is already here needs to be dealt with.  No matter the form it takes, here are a few ways to get the most out of your single use plastics instead of throwing them to the landfill.

Turn your plastic water bottles and jugs into planters

They’re the perfect size to put a new plant in.  Clean the air and do something fun with your hands by cutting the top off that milk jug and sticking a new herb or houseplant in it.  The handle can even act as a hook for a hanging garden!

Crafts with the kids

Why not turn an ugly piece of plastic into a lasting memory with the youngsters in your life?  Paint, string, scissors, and some scrap fabric can transform any single use plastic into a creative endeavor and give it a new life!


They might not be the most glamorous pieces of storage, but as we’ve learned, all items look like garbage when they’re at the bottom of the ocean. Get creative with some scissors and forget your next trip the The Container Store!

Egg/Fruit carton seed starters

Germinating seeds is another fun thing to do with kids in your life.  If you’re into gardening, but not kids, forget them! Fill the twelve little egg slots with soil, pop a seed in each and wait for life to start.  Depending on what your cartons are made out of, you can transfer your sprouts and repeat!


Reusing shipping materials

Everyone gets those pesky packing peanuts, bags, and bubble wrap.  While it’s virtually impossible to reuse it all, and some peanuts are now biodegradable, save some of these packing scraps! Plastic packing bags can be reused as garbage bags and if you ever ship something to a friend, family, or Ebay buyer, you’ll wish you hadn’t canned these materials you received for free.

Reuse plastic cutlery

It’s a no brainer.  Plastic forks are included in every takeout delivery you get. Why throw away something so functional that can be reused over and over?  

Trigger spray bottles

As long as they aren’t holding toxic chemicals and can be thoroughly cleaned, consider holding onto a few of these bottles, or at least the spray components.  These bottles can come in handy for your new plants, holding homemade cleaners, and perhaps keeping your cat off the kitchen counter.

Microwave meal trays

Another great way to turn something destructive to the environment into a planter to keep the world green and healthy!  If you’re a crafter, microwave meal trays can come with many sectioned off compartments for organizing little things like beads and shells.  Don’t let a good resource go to waste!


  • I buy milk in glass bottles with a hefty deposit. Fruit – I no longer buy fruit in net bags, but carry my own net bags and buy loose fruit – and eat an orange rather than buying juices!

    melissa ferrell
  • Contacting your government representatives to make laws that prohibit the production of plastic bags, styrofoam containers,etc.
    The large conglomerates/companies that make large sums of money need to be held responsible as well.

  • How can we most effectively put pressure on manufacturers of plastic to develop and use only biodegradable materials that break down quickly, easily, with no harm to environment? It’s especially important to vote only for people who care about the environment and will fight pollution. And support their campaigns.Let’s push stores where we shop/eat to use only environmentally friendly products and support companies like Dropps. I even found an eco-dentist who recycles and avoids plastics, plus gives a discount to customers who ride bikes to their appointments. Share tips and ideas with friends and family. Give environmentally friendly gifts, like dryer balls, Dropps products, paper straws, etc.

    Dell Erwin
  • you could eliminate the zipper(plastic) in your dropps pod bag by making it
    with an envelope closure, simpler all around.

  • Thanks for sharing these reusable tips. I also started bringing my own plastic food containers in a small bag to restaurants for left overs. Always get great feedback from the servers that they wish everyone would do this…..hint, hint.

    Deborah Rigg

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