July 9th, 2014

Giving Empty Yogurt Containers a New Use

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Empty Stonyfield yogurt containers usually end up in the recycle bin over here. And there are plenty of them!

Many of you know that I’ve been working closely with Stonyfield as a Stonyfield Yo-Getter and have had the privilege of trying out Stonyfield products and reporting back to you. Thus, there are empty yogurt containers everywhere.

We’re pretty diligent about recycling and after much trial and error we have a good recycling system in place.

Have you heard of the three R’s? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to recycling and reusing. Before I throw things in the recycle bins in my garage and before I chuck something in the garbage I’m trying really hard to pause and consider whether it has life left in it.

Quite simply, reusing an item lengthens its life span. What if before those empty yogurt containers landed in the recycle bin we gave them one more job?

While all three of my kids are at sleepaway camp our house is going through a major overhaul. We are purging. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?!

New Uses for Yogurt Containers

Over the years we’ve accumulated a lot of art supplies. The latest art projects over here have everything to do with gimp or lanyard. We’ve made key chains, necklaces and more. There are spools and strings of  lanyard everywhere.

Thanks to an empty Stonyfield yogurt container the strings of  lanyard now have a new home. The spools didn’t quite fit.

Groovy Green Livin Yogurt Containers

All the magic markers that have filled drawers and floors also have a new home.

And the sidewalk chalk fit perfectly.

Groovy Green Livin Yogurt Container

There are so many more uses for these containers.

Next up…..we’re taking them to the beach for sand castles!

Can you think of any other great uses for yogurt containers?

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.

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7 Responses to “Giving Empty Yogurt Containers a New Use”

  1. I can’t tell you how many of those containers we have around the house! Great for Nerf gun “bullets”, small Lego parts. John also uses them in the basement for nails and other household stuff.
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  2. Great suggestions Micaela! LEGO-of course! And those Nerf gun bullets are also taking over our house. Thanks!

  3. Great ideas- I work in the schools and will use them there for craft supplies! I cut them up into long triangles and write on them with a permanent marker as labels for my garden. I’m going to try covering the label w tape to see if that helps the writing stay on longer- a work in progress!

  4. Oh! And cutting the bottoms off leaving about an inch, and poking holes in them, filling w seed starter to start seedlings…,

  5. I use them as ‘takeout’ containers. I keep reused food containers in my bag and use it if I have leftovers from a restaurant. I know some people are concerned what other people will think, but I have gotten many compliments on this behavior.

    It is so important to go back to reducing and reusing, not just recycling, because when it comes to plastics, they are actually downcycled and can only be reused about 1-3 times, unlike aluminum and glass which can be recycled indefinitely.

  6. Takeout containers- what a great idea!

  7. Great idea Kimberly!

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I continue on my journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I just might stop to make some noise about issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I fight for a safer world for all of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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