There are many craft and other uses for the packaging from your bakery items, especially the clamshell style and other plastic boxes and trays. This is a guide about reusing bakery packaging.
Use cupcake trays from the grocery store bakery for mini greenhouse to start plant seeds in. Each cake compartment holds a peat seed starter pot nicely. All you need to do is use a soldering iron to melt some drainage holes and a couple vent holes on top. Use peat seed starter pots in each cake compartment. When plants get bigger just remove the peat pots and reuse your cupcake greenhouse over and over.
By Kim from KS
I'm doing this, but with plastic cups inside each. I made holes in the bottoms for drainage. Works great!
These cupcake trays aren't cheap and you're suggesting cutting them up? I don't think so! I use egg trays that you buy eggs in. Works just as good and I'm reusing something that would otherwise be thrown away anyway.
Be sure to wash your seed starting trays each time you re-use it.
Great idea. I like the bigger size (versus egg cartons) because the seeds are easier to work with.
I sometimes get packaged molasses cookies at the DT. They have the coolest plastic containers that I often reuse.
I bought some pull-apart bread last week. The tray that is on the bottom is black, but can't be recycled in this state. The center has a ring in the middle, and two other rings larger toward the edges.
One of my mottos is "think before you toss!" Now and then, I buy a deli pie, muffins or cake, or someone brings a similar product to a "bring your own dish to share" gathering.