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Another Recycling Idea for a Gallon Jug

By pod
September 21, 2012

Many of us look to re-use plastic items that normally end up in the trash. This is a favorite of mine.

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Bubbles
Sep 20, 2012 7:12 PM CST
I throw these away all the time. Especially like the bird feeder idea!
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RickCorey
Sep 20, 2012 8:27 PM CST
I never buy milk, so I make my scoops from laundry detergent jugs. Very stiff, thick plastic. And the screw-on cap can be left on to make it a scoop, or removed to maske a scoopy-funnel.

I use those to fill pots and propagation trays.

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CDsSister
Sep 20, 2012 8:45 PM CST


Great idea, to use as a funnel. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Sep 20, 2012 8:57 PM CST
Thanks! I use all kind of plastic bottles as funnels in the kitchen.

I also "rolled up" some 8.5" x 11" card stock, kind of "at an angle" to make big funnels for pouring dry cat food.

I did the same thing with much smaller sqaures of card stock or stiff glossy magazine covers. those make nice tiny funnels for spooning seeds into small Ziplok baggies. They push right into the Ziplock, which I set inside a plastic pill bottle weighted down with pennies so it won;'t tip.

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Marilyn
Sep 20, 2012 9:45 PM CST
Bubbles said:I throw these away all the time. Especially like the bird feeder idea!


I agree nodding Thumbs up

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Samigal
Sep 22, 2012 5:03 PM CST
I've been putting all my plastic milk jugs in our recycling barrel, maybe I should keep a few out for this idea. I sure do look at throw away's a lot different now.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 24, 2012 3:22 PM CST
Thanks everyone, I'd been out of pocket for a couple of weeks.

Like RickCorey said, there are lots of uses for these.

I always feel just a tad bit guilty when I toss a jug in the trash.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Apr 18, 2014 1:32 PM CST
This is what I meant in the above post, about rolled-up card stock used as funnels, for splitting seeds into Zip-locs. I also use junk-mail on stiff, glossy card stock.

http://garden.org/thread/view_post/311554/

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Cardboard boxes (actually "chipboard"), like cracker or cereal boxes, make nice trays to keep things from tipping over. You can cut them horizontally or lengthwise. I reinforce the open end with with 2" wide clear shipping tape before cutting them in half. They also keep my spice jars organized in the cupboard.

However, there is a fine line between throwing fewer things away due to re-purposing, and being an out-and-out hoarder. I try to stay away from hoardeing, but it is a temptation.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 18, 2014 10:20 PM CST
Very handy ~ RickCorey. Thanks! I have made a funnel like that a time or two.

And must admit I try not to be a hoarder... at least until I look at the mass of plants in the greenhouse. Feeling like a plant hoarder now as I'm getting ready to move them out for the summer.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 21, 2014 1:00 PM CST
It's not "hoarding" when it's PLANTS!

That's just "nurturing".

Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 21, 2014 8:58 PM CST
Thank You! but I'm thinking you are enabling my plant habit. Lovey dubby
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Apr 22, 2014 1:19 PM CST
Yes! Guilty as charged. I'm a charter member of "Garden Enablers Anonymous".

I think the 12-step program is something like:

1. Buy plants
2. Buy more plants
3. Plant seeds
4. Plant MORE seeds
5. Save seeds
6. Plant LOTS more seeds
7 propagate plants
8 plant LOTS more plants
9 give away seeds
10 give away plants
11 sell seeds
12 sell plants
Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 22, 2014 9:59 PM CST
To my credit (patting myself on the back) I walked out 4 large garden centers yesterday. I came home empty handed. Every time I'd look at a plant I'd think that I need to be at home, moving plants out of the greenhouse. Glad your 12 Step Program wasn't echoing in my brain yesterday!!! Still need to empty that greenhouse for the summer.

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