Glass, glass, glass…

Welcome to part two of my reduce your waste series and as you might have guessed today’s topic is all about glass. Glass how I love thee. Let me count the ways…
You are reusable, resilient, super strong, recyclable, see through, made from natural materials, reusable, durable, can withstand extreme temperatures, comes in lots of shapes and sizes, and most importantly reusable and recyclable. As you can see I love to reuse glass.
My basic philosophy is if you can do it with plastic you can do it better with glass. The best way to reduce your waste is to reduce what waste you bring into your home and one of the best ways to do this is to buy good durable products. Glass is so versatile buy it instead of plastic containers when shopping then reuse the containers over and over again.

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Glass items from around my home;

1. I have a selection of square glass containers; these are amazing and can be used for food storage, cooking, freezing, reheating, take-away containers or even eating from.
2. I buy our spices in bulk and then refill old baby and spice containers to store them in.
3. I also buy our dry goods in bulk and then fill lovely old agee jars I got from my MIL for my pantry.
4. I always choose to buy glass over plastic, this can be a challenge at times but I stick to my guns.
5. Glass containers I buy I reuse for food storage or in the freezer to store leftovers.
6. I use a glass nail file.
7. I buy powdered milk which we make up in glass bottles; this saves us lots of waste and money.
8. I make my own botty balm and other products which are then put into reused glass containers.
9. Gabriel uses glass baby bottles some of which John used and some of which my MIL got at a second hand store.
So as you can see glass comes in so many shapes and sizes and is so versatile. I always buy glass over plastic and will go without if I can’t buy in glass. What do you buy in glass or use glass for?

Check out my reduce your waste series;

Part one; reduce your waste

Part two; glass, glass, glass

Part three; cloth

Part four; metal, metal, metal

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5 thoughts on “Glass, glass, glass…

  1. November 11, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I love glass, too. And pencils. I LOVE pencils. What do you use to store bread?

    1. November 11, 2013 at 2:29 am

      Really pencils? wow cool why? I store my bread in a tea towel so it can breathe. My mum made me a cool bread bag Mx http://www.nzecochick.com/2013/09/upcycled-bread-bag.html

  2. November 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I collect jam jars for the chutneys and preserves I make each year but I now syphon off the taller or fatter jars (just too big for preserves) for my storecupboard. Got so tired of half open plastic packets of rice, nuts etc so now Whoosh! Into a glass jar they go. Makes the storecupboard look tidier and easy to find everything! My next step will be to buy in bulk to avoid the plastic in the first place…one step at a time!! (sarah@thefigtree01)

    1. November 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Fantastic idea Sarah! I love putting all my food in jars not only do they look pretty (oh and how pretty they look!) but no nasty bugs can get at the food! Look forward to seeing a photo. One step at a time is right. go you Mx

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