5. Stores Strategically Place It in the Rear
You may have noticed grocery stores tend to keep milk and dairy cases in the very back of the store. This is not by accident. It is true that delivery trucks pull up to the rear of the store. Having dairy cases located in the back means refrigerated products spend less time out of refrigeration. Additionally, store planners know how likely we are to dash into the store for “just a carton of milk.” They also know how tempting it is to toss other items into our shopping basket as we pass through. If you don’t want to leave with a whole cart when all you need is a jug of milk, keep your mental blinders on when making that trek to the dairy aisle.
4. It Won’t Be Recycled as Another Milk Carton
While plastic milk cartons are fully recyclable, not that many of them make their way into the recycling bin. Some estimates put the level of plastic cartons properly recycled at less than 30%. The ones that do make it to the recycling facility will not return again as cartons for milk. FDA guidelines in the U.S. do not allow food packaging to be made from these recycled materials. This is due to concerns with contamination from other chemicals in the manufacturing process. Plastic milk cartons can be recycled into plastic bottles for non-food products, toothbrushes, plastic furniture, and toys. Furthermore, there are lots of neat ways you can recycle cartons for use in your own home!
3. You Can Use It for Gardening
Those with a green thumb can repurpose the versatile milk carton for use in their gardens. Rinse out an empty milk carton, punch holes in the cap, and use it as a watering can in your garden. Cut off the bottom portion of a milk carton and place it under a potted plant to catch excess water. Trim off the top and use the bottoms of milk cartons as planters or to start seedlings. The top halves of milk cartons can be placed over young plants in the spring to protect them from late frost.