Jar lids
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Peanut butter, mayonnaise, and instant coffee jars all contain metal or plastic lids. You can actually name more jars in your kitchen that have lids. When these jars become empty, you can recycle or reuse them for various purposes like containers for sugar, salt, spices, coins, beads, pickled food, etc. If you don't want to use them as containers or you already have enough jars to keep them, you can give the glasses to recycling centers who will handle them properly. But how about the plastic or metal lids, what can you do to them? Well, mother nature definitely don't want you to pitch them in the trash can because they will end up in landfills. The jar lids especially those made up of plastic take hundreds of years to disintegrate in landfills. As much as possible we don't want them in landfills because they consume landfill space intended for biodegradable wastes. We also don't want metal lids in landfills because when they are corroded, they pollute both soil and water. Jar lid disposal would not be a serious environmental problem if people just know how to reuse them for different purposes at home. Here are some tips on how to reuse jar lids at home:

  • Use the jar lids as colorful drawer pulls. With the large size of jar lids, the kids will find it easier to open drawers. Metal jar lids are recommended for making drawer pulls. Plastic lids can be destroyed easily. For the instruction on how to make drawer pulls made up of jar lids, visit http://www.instructables.com/id/Jar-Lid-Drawer-Pulls-Re-purposing-metal-jar-lids/ .

  • Metal jar lids can be used as ashtrays. If you are not a smoker, it is a waste of money to buy ashtrays for your visitors. Just provide them with jar lids which you can wash after being used.

  • Use jar lids as small containers for paper clips, hair pins, staple wire, earrings, and similar items.

  • You can turn jar lids into candle holders at home. To make them more attractive, you can decorate it with ribbons, beads, etc.

  • To reduce the kitchen mess when cooking, turn a jar lid as a spoon rest. After stirring the pot, you put the spoon on the lid. Make sure that the lid is clean before using it to avoid food contamination. And don't forget to wash it after use so that you can use it again.

  • Use the jar lids to place and mix paints (paint palletes) when painting.

  • If you water indoor plants planted in small pots, use jar lids to catch excess water.

  • Liquids can damage or stain the surface of furniture so don't forget to use jar lids as coasters for cups and glasses.

  • Use jar lids to cover glasses or containers with liquids (e.g. shake, soda, milk, half-drunk beverages) in the fridge to keep them fresh.

  • When putting half-eaten fruit in the fridge, place it cut-side-down in a jar lid wrapped with plastic or wax paper.

  • Beautiful crafts can be created using jar lids. Visit http://familycrafts.about.com/od/jarlidcrafts/Jar_Lid_Crafts.htm. Craft projects using jar lids. Kids will surely enjoy making some of them. [306]