“Reduce, reuse, recycle”, we hear it all the time. It is great that more and more people are recycling, but all too regularly we skip to this step before thinking about how items can be reused. We are all busy, and crafting ingenious items from discarded packaging often isn’t an option. However, many companies design their packaging in ways that lends itself to reuse.
Below you’ll find some great example of easily reusable packaging that is available in the UK.
Conserves: Bonne Maman
Bonne Maman conserve jars can be reused in all sorts of ways. The company is proud that their packaging design encourages reuse. Their website has articles showing how their jars can be used for gardening, painting, preserving, storing spices, breakfast toppings and crafts.
Coffee: Douwe Egberts
Douwe Egberts is another brand that encourages their packaging to be reused. Their TV advert shows many ways the jars can be reused.
Chocolate spread: Nutella
Some Nutella jars are designed to be reused. The simplest way is to use the container as a drinking glass, as suggested in this non-official advert.
Swing top bottles: Lorina & Grolsch
Lorina sell lemonade and sparkling raspberry in swing top bottles. The bottles are great for chilling water in the fridge before serving at the table, or to store store homemade fruit infused vodka. Smaller bottles like Grolsch are popular for home brewing beer. They can be used for homemade vanilla extract, or your own salad dressings.
Ok, so this one isn’t packaging, but it is such an elegantly simple reuse I couldn’t help but include it. Bamboo toothbrushes make excellent plant labels. Unlike plastic brushes you can write straight onto the handles. The photos show TEVRA toothbrushes, which is the brand I’m currently using.
I hope that you manage to try some of these ideas. The more we make purchases thinking about how they might reuse the packaging, the more companies will be encouraged to design their packaging with reuse in mind. This would be a helpful step towards tackling some of the environmental problems we are facing.