Recycling has really become a way of life for most of us in California. But there are so many items that get thrown away in the trash or recycling bin that can actually be given new life by repurposing them!

Here are a few ideas to repurpose common items we regularly buy that don’t require being too crafty:

  • Glass jars: turn those used spaghetti sauce and candle jars into cute storage containers or flower vases. Soak them in warm water to peel off the paper labels. If there is still residual wax in the candle jar, you can pour hot water into the jar and let it sit for a few minutes until the wax can be lifted out easily in one large piece with a spoon. Dress up glass jars with a ribbon to add a decorative touch!
  • Medicine bottles: you know those orange colored prescription medicine bottles? They make the best Q Tip travel containers. You can also use them to store quick and easy sewing kits or first aid kits, buttons, coins, paperclips, nails, safety pins, game tokens or dice, beads, and matches – the possibilities are endless!
  • Gallon milk jugs: just poke some holes in the lid, fill the jug with water, and you’ve got yourself a handy watering can. You can also cut them in half to make plant containers.
  • Veggie scraps: save the bottom of that bunch of celery and plant it to grow more. Just soak the stump overnight and plant in soil cut part up. You should see some new stalks start to grow within 1-2 weeks. You can also use a similar method to regrow the bottoms of green onions. Also, plant leftover tiny garlic cloves, ginger root, and sweet potatoes to harvest your own crop.