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Reduce, reuse, recycle! Jars!

So it happens to all of us. One wrong move and a glass hits the tiled kitchen floor.

Thousands of tiny shards spreading out into the space. When you sweep up you might find a piece somewhere ridiculously far away.

When this occurance happened recently we realised that the number of glasses left in the cupboard wasn’t sufficient anymore.

Now before we dashed down to the nearest Scandinavian homeware store I had a brainwave.

We use glass every day.

Although we try to reuse single use glass jars for our jam and single use bottles for our juices, was that enough?

I had an idea.

There’s a type of soup we’ve got fond of when there’s no veg coming in that has a really good jar.

Why couldn’t we use that as a tumbler?

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Turns out we can.

The jars cleaned nicely with a soak in vinegar and water so the labels slid off.

You also see fancy jars on Pinterest that people have bought to look this way.

Now we’ve got some slightly unusual tumblers that cost nothing and didn’t cost the earth.

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24 comments on “Reduce, reuse, recycle! Jars!

  1. Sartenada
    July 27, 2014

    Another way to recycle:

    Bags from coffee bags.

    Happy blogging!

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    • lizard100
      July 28, 2014

      We don’t drink coffee really but it’s a good idea : )

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  2. bmary
    July 27, 2014

    OMG. We did the same thing because I am a professional glass breaker. I swear, I can look at a glass, and it breaks! Excellent idea!

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    • bmary
      July 27, 2014

      Wait, wait, wait…I meant “smashing idea”…get it? Breaking glass? I’ll show myself out…

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      • lizard100
        July 27, 2014

        Nicely done! Smashing idea! Forget about buying mason jars eh?

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      • bmary
        July 27, 2014

        Also, I’m sure you thought of this already, but save the lids! It’s great for a cup on the go! One of my friends uses old jars to make candles, too.

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      • lizard100
        July 27, 2014

        Good point. We haven’t deliberately kept lids but they are sometimes around. I’ll make a point of doing that too now!

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  3. bcparkison
    July 27, 2014

    Broken glas also means the vaccume has to come out to get all the really small pieces. I hate the vaccume. Over here we ,in the past, have been able to buy jelly ( I know sugar,sugar is bad ) in mason jars with handles on the side. We use these when we have a get together picnic style. Being heavier glass they keep things cooler longer too.

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    • lizard100
      July 27, 2014

      Handles? That sounds amazing. We too don’t like the vacuum. Anything to avoid that.

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  4. It’s becoming quite a trendy thing round here to serve water, juice, smoothies and cocktails in old jam jars. So why not at home? : )

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  5. Expat Eye
    July 27, 2014

    Another great idea! Might have my wine out of a jar tonight just to be extra classy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. disappearingwoman
    July 27, 2014

    I sweep up that broken glass and use it art projects. It looks lovely encased in clear resin in a frame. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    AWESOME LIZ AND THNAK YOU FOR SHARING

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  8. Tilly Frueh
    July 27, 2014

    I love using jars for everything! I have them in every cupboard in the kitchen, in the bathroom, the garage, the basement, and everywhere in between. The uses are endless.

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    • lizard100
      July 27, 2014

      They are such a good resource. That’s very true!

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  9. Rambling Woods
    July 28, 2014

    Uh….I break everything….but I remember that my grandma used jelly jars for drinking…. She was an early recycler…

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    • lizard100
      July 28, 2014

      Grandmas are great for knowing all this stuff already!

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  10. I am sure I have seen plastic detachable handles somewhere (maybe ebay) so you can use your jars for hot drinks.

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