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4 Ways to Repurpose Takeout Containers

Takeout orders are a way of life and for good reason. Diners can cozy up in their apartment with a restaurant-quality meal they didn’t have to spend time and effort preparing. But what about all those plastic containers? While some may be recyclable, many are destined for the landfill. Luckily, with a little creativity, you can find eco-friendly ways to repurpose takeout containers that will organize and add beauty to your Western National apartment. Next time you’re left with a pile of plastic containers after picking up take-out from your favorite restaurant, keep these ideas in mind:

1. Seed Starters

Clear plastic cups are ideal containers for growing seedlings. Get a head start on a patio garden by cleaning two plastic cups and punching a small drainage hole in the bottom of one. Next, add soil, seeds, and a little more soil to the cup with the hole. After watering, you can cover the cup with your other container to create a miniature greenhouse. Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the tops and water the seedlings until they’re ready to transplant.

2. Art Projects

Plenty of reusable materials can be used in art projects, and plastic containers are no different. Next time you’re feeling creative, repurpose those leftover trays by using them as paint palettes or as water dishes for cleaning brushes. You can even turn an attractive plastic tray into a “canvas” for paints designed for use on plastic. Finally, lidded containers make great storage solutions for beads, stickers, and other small craft supplies.

3. Drawer Organizers

Whether it’s in the kitchen or a home office, we all have one pesky drawer that’s overstuffed and cluttered, which makes it hard to find what you need. Use smaller takeout containers to corral paper clips, staples, rubber bands, and similar items. With a little planning, you can fit multiple containers into a drawer to neaten up without spending an extra dime.

4. Meals On-the-Go

Finally, you can use takeout containers with lids in the way they’re originally intended: to store food. After handwashing trays and bowls with lids, pack them with cold foods for lunchboxes, road trip snacks, picnics, or potlucks. In addition to being convenient, it won’t be a great loss if the containers don’t make it back home from the outing. You’ll want to stop using the containers if they begin to deteriorate, and be careful about putting plastic containers in the microwave since toxins may leach out of the plastic if it’s heated.

Your apartment and the earth will thank you for taking advantage of these four ways to repurpose takeout containers. If you’re looking for an apartment community that shares your commitment to reducing waste and prioritizing eco-friendly practices, contact us today. 

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