Free recycled plant-pots

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Posted by @Serpent on
Refuse - can't always, nearly everything comes from a factory in plastic containers! Recycle - sure, but you don't know whether it actually is recycled, or at what cost. Reuse - Bingo!

One way to reuse cheese, yogurt, coleslaw and ice cream tubs is to turn them into plant-pots. Just drill four or five holes in the bottom. A 500 g (17-18 oz) container is roughly equivalent to a 4" plant pot. You can go up to all the way to a 1 gallon ice-cream tub, which is big enough for any bushy herb, or down to the single-serving pudding or apple-souce cups, which are just right for seed starter pods.
They last six years or even longer if not exposed to strong sunlight - longer than the cheap commercial plastic pots, and much longer than the paper-thin ones made for nurseries.
What they are not is pretty, and they don't hold acrylic paint well. I suppose you can decorate them with oil-based spray paint, or cover them in coloured foil. I only need them for plant propagation, so appearance doesn't matter.
pudding cups:
Thumb of 2021-04-26/Serpent/aea1d5
650 g yogurt tubs:
Thumb of 2021-04-26/Serpent/d3eaa9
coffee cans:
Thumb of 2021-04-26/Serpent/ed9cb0

 
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