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DIY Milk & Juice Carton Recycling - Part 1

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I know that I promised you a bunch of Easter recycling ideas but I thought I'd take a little break and focus on the real intent of this blog: i.e., recycling stuff. A few days ago, a friend brought over a few milk cartons (the kind with cap and spout) and asked me how she could go about these as she has several kids and ends up with dozens of these cartons from both milk and juice in her recycling bin. 'Are there any ways', she asked, 'I can recycle these?'  'Well, yeah', says I, 'maybe, perhaps - let me think about it.'


So here goes. Let's start with the cap and spout first. You know those pesky packages that stuff like salt, sugar breadcrumbs, or baking soda come in? Whenever I poured anything out of them, they either would just dribble and stop pouring or pour out too quickly. So I decided that if I reused the cap and spout part of a milk or juice carton, I could solve that pesky problem. Here's what I did.


 

 

Now I know this is something others have thought of, so I'm not claiming it as my own idea, but if it works, it works. To start, of course, you will need mason or canning jars - new or vintage - for this to work. You can pick up vintage mason jars at  charity shops or flea markets - I collected a zillion of them at the Sally Ann over the years. Or you can buy new ones at hardware or kitchen supply stores. To replace the glass jar lids with those from the cartons, cut out the cap and spout part of the milk or juice carton and then, using the metal ring of the jar as a guide, trim with scissors to fit the jar.



Lastly, pour whatever contents you want into the jar, top with the new lid, and replace the metal ring.


You do know the jar should be clean and dry first, right?  

Categories: Green Household, Environment, Bottles and Jars

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Reply Julie Andrea
4:48 PM on November 23, 2014 
Hi there, I am doing this project right now! :-) I want to seal the cardboard to make it easy to wipe off on the INSIDE and then paint the outside part with chalkboard paint to mark what spice is in the jar. What do you suggest for sealing the cardboard on the INSIDE? polyurathane varnish or mod podge? Thanks, Julie