Given the choice, most of us treehugging types will opt for a product that comes housed in glass rather than plastic. There's the satisfying heft of a jar, the clink in the shopping cart, the lack of leaching chemicals, and the ease of recycling ... among other things. Glass jars rock. But perhaps one of their most beguiling traits is also one of their most bedeviling: Their potential for reuse. Because although the possibilities are many, the empty jars – eagerly waiting to fulfill some type of practical function – seem to proliferate like rabbits in the cabinet. They're too useful to toss, but how many applications do you actually employ them in? If you have a jumble of jars that need jobs, consider calling them into service for any of the following tasks.
© Zero Waste Home (used with permission)Follow the wise words of Katherine: "I now shop for food with a collection of 1-liter glass canning jars in a big basket. When I approach the deli, meat, or fish counters, I hold out my glass jar and politely ask the employee to put it in the jar."
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25 new uses for old jars
If you have a jumble of jars that need jobs, consider calling them into service for any of these tasks.