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Uses for Plastic Packaging

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Many items we buy at the supermarket or department store these days comes with plastic packaging around it one way or another. Depending on the shape and size of the packaging, it could be useful for something else. This is a guide about uses for plastic packaging.
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By 10 found this helpful
July 16, 2009

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.

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May 26, 2011

I recently bought one of these $.99 travel packs with 8 bandages in it. When it was empty, I found that it is perfect for all kinds of things. You can put in q-tips, antacids, nails and small screws, and I keep some insulin needles in mine. Other things could be medications like aspirin, coins for laundry, hair pins, rubber bands, and the hits just keep on coming!

I especially like the little hole where you can keep it on a lanyard for a sporting event, a key chain, or on a peg hook. And, you can peel off the front so people don't think they are bandages anymore, and label them with a felt tip marker.

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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November 10, 2011

Having to test my sugar daily leaves me with these wonderful little tubes that seal down really well. They are smaller than old film tubes, so you can't put quarters in them. But, you can put dimes and nickles in them for parking meters and such.

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Simply peel off the sticker and replace it with your own, or gel pen the contents on the lid. You can also fit in matches, rings if you are at the pool, paper clips, thumb tacks, nails and glue, and the hits just keep on coming!

Hope this helps.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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July 27, 2011

I recently purchased some glue on nails at the Dollar Tree. This wonderful little container they came in just stayed in a drawer, determined to be needed until today.

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While the battery charger was finishing its work, I thought of this little thing and how handy it would be to let me know if the batteries were charged or needed to be.

Not only can you write on it, but you can hang it up, too!

So, let the games begin!

Ok Fine - I will start

Keep it for Postage Stamps, coupons, hardware, buttons, beads (not too tiny, this opens all the way like a suitcase so it must be on a secure, flat surface), small craft items, jewelry, toothpicks, hair pins, mini tubes for travel, paperclips, mini post-its, and more!

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR

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May 8, 2016

My friend and I love sugar free gum. Her console is not designed to keep many things by the cigarette lighter. But, I found that the container I got a manicure set in from the Dollar Tree is perfect.

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Because its lid is see-through and tall, we can keep more gum inside and see when we are getting low.

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June 21, 2011

The magazines I receive often come in plastic bags, and I find that if I am very careful and cut them at the top, I can re-use them around the house. Same with the plastic bags samples come in and so on.

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May 19, 2008

I don't know about you but my underwear drawer is frequently in disarray. I keep those clear plastic things that sheets come in and tablecloths because they are good for so many things.

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April 24, 2013

Magazines that arrive in the mail are often in a clear plastic sack. Open it carefully instead of ripping it hurriedly and you have a nice sack to save items.

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By 4 found this helpful
February 3, 2016

After using wax for my warmers, I don't throw the plastic away. I use it for paint compartments for small projects. The lid snaps and keeps my paint fresh.

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By 4 found this helpful
August 4, 2017

We had homemade pizza with mushrooms recently and the package inspired the perfect way to organize our kitchen junk drawer. These cute little blue containers are perfect for corralling all those small necessities that, left loose, junk up the junk drawer.

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By 5 found this helpful
December 27, 2010

I save bits of hard "see through" plastic from the boxes of things I buy (toaster, etc.) to use as a disposable paint palette for acrylic paints that I use for crafts. It doesn't have a well, but the paint stays put anyway.

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August 15, 20082 found this helpful

School teacher supplies can be a challenge to store in a crowded classroom with limited storage space. Empty tennis ball containers which are clear can store office supplies such as paper clips, paper brads, pens, pencils, erasers, etc.

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By 4 found this helpful
April 25, 2013

I used dry facial cleansing clothes to remove my makeup. They come in a nice size plastic container that is great when empty to use in drawers as dividers for such things as socks, jewelry, panty hose, etc.

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May 21, 2008

I use the piece of plastic found underneath the bacon in each package. It is flimsy enough to cut with regular scissors, yet strong enough to use many times over.

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October 6, 20042 found this helpful

Every once in a while I will get in my mailer a really nice plastic CD box with a CD from one of the "other internet providers" I use these to mail Photo CD's to my family. Open the CD and lay the box flat and remove the paper from inside the plastic cover.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 23, 2009

I've noticed that there are a lot of same-size things around the house that can be reused.

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February 22, 20171 found this helpful

A lot of small items will easily fit into those empty pencil lead containers, such as pins, needles, bobby pins, and more. This is a guide about uses for pencil lead containers.

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July 10, 2013

These little pill packets made out of plastic squares are extra sharp. You can open packages with them, and they slice right through tape on packages.

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September 8, 2008

I have used the waxy earplugs to help me sleep for a while. I love the containers, and use them for all kinds of things. I have a nice new deck of cards in one, my business cards in another, a mini sewing kit in another (in fact, the dollar trees' have mini sewing kits in them already), mini first-aid kit, craft items, and soooooooo much more! Enjoy!

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May 21, 20081 found this helpful

Take the plastic containers that come ready to eat with chips and salsa and clean it out. These make excellent swimming pools for your miniature house layouts. Usually they come in black but you can paint them to resemble a swimming pool. Great recycle project

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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Many plastic containers work quite well for starting your seeds prior to spring planting. This is a guide about reuse plastic containers for seedlings.

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June 20, 20050 found this helpful

Keep a few disposable Cool Whip tubs on hand. You can always use them for freezing leftovers, or taking a dish of something over to your neighbor's. Today, I needed one for a neighbor's dog that had gotten loose. He was thirsty and I gave him 2 bowls of water. Afterwards, I just tossed the tub away.

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November 11, 20140 found this helpful

This is a guide about uses for cupcake liner containers. The plastic cup that cupcake papers are often sold in can be helpful for other things.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 29, 2009

I would love to see ideas on planned leftovers, not necessary for food. For instance purchasing an item wanting the container for a further use.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

i really like the plastic flip top tasters choice boxes! I store "W&W's" (as my son jokingly refers to them)
in them or the ones I get from a Dutch bakery near here which are called Earnies & other candies or candied fruit ! Glue a couple quarter sized (.25c piece) googlie eyes on the brown lid for fun!

Also I used to buy a bakery item that came in a super sturdy clear plastic box (i believe it was mini muffins)
The box was slightly rectangular & would fit the larger size recipe cards.
That is a good way to shop though ! You should be commended for your mindfullness of this.Being aware of the need for doing/dealing with empties is becoming more & more popular!
I love that so many people keep in mind as they shop the potential for later use of the containers/bags/boxes!
Great!
Thanks!

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September 22, 2008

I bought some linen recently which was wrapped in thick clear plastic, like a wallet. My husband bought underpants contained in the same material. I don't want to just throw this clear plastic away - surely it could have another use? Windows for a doll's house perhaps? (which I don't really want to make!) Does anyone have any ideas? They'd be gratefully accepted!

Cheers,
Virginia Cooke from Canberra, Australia

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I put out of season clothing and blankets in what I think you're talking about.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Make sure you open the package carefully and you can re-use it for storage.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I use stuff like that to cover pictures that I have on my refrigerator, to protect them if they happen to get knocked onto the floor.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have a large one that a bed and comfortor set came in that houses our volleyball and net, and another for a badmitten set. I have ones that I keep stuff in inside the trunk of my car to keep items clean and dust free-one ontains my first aid kit, a flare set, writing paper, deck of cards and a blanket. I add a few more with more blankets and socks, gloves and hats during the winter since we are 21 miles out from the city.

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By 1 found this helpful
January 23, 2013

I love Healthy Choice Steamers. They are very tasty and good nutrition. The container you cook it in comes in two parts. A bowl and a top that has holes in it to let out the steam. I always recycle these, but can they be re-used for other foods?

By Joanne from Bourbonnais, IL

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November 27, 2016

Any ideas for using plastic box the MACK'S earplugs come in?

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