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.
2. You Can Repurpose It for Organizing Your Home
Instead of allowing your plastic milk cartons to languish for years in a landfill site, use them to organize your home. Use the bases of milk cartons to separate picnic items at the bottom of your travel cooler. Place them in your refrigerator to store and separate fruits, vegetables, small dairy items, and meats. Keep plastic grocery bags tidy by cutting a hole in your carton to make a place to stash them. Cut a hole opposite the milk carton handle and store it behind your toilet as a handy toilet brush holder. Use a clean, dry milk carton as a trash receptacle in your car.
1. You Can Play with It
Clean, empty milk cartons can also be repurposed for play time. The top half of a milk jug makes a great funnel for tots to play with on the beach. Amass a large collection of the jugs and let the kids build an indoor igloo or fort. Cut scoops out of cartons, grab a Wiffle ball and enjoy a game of toss and catch. Snip a large hole in the front of a carton, make bean bags from old socks and rice, and play a game of bean bag toss. Make a party game of dropping clothespins into empty milk cartons.Related: Find the Freshest Eggs at the Grocery Store Using This Easy Trick