Organic September Day 4: Packaging - Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle!

4 Sep 2014

Packaging is vital, however when a product gets to the end of its life, the packaging then becomes waste. Burying or burning waste is a cause of pollution however recycling or reusing packaging helps to conserve resources. I love to recycle because it means that the packaging I am using isn't going to waste and it will be used again, meaning there is less need for more plastic or paper to be manufactured. 

Many of my favourite brands use recycled paper for their boxes, or they simply don't use boxes at all, minimising their packaging to as little as possible. 

Most of my recycling is paper from letters through the post, cardboard from cereal boxes, cans and tins which is what I put in the recycling boxes that gets collected every week. However when I have something glass, I like to "upcycle" rather than "recycle". Today I'm going to show you my favourite ways to upcycle my old Neal's Yard Remedies blue bottles as they're too gorgeous to throw away!

Flowers - I have a couple of toner bottles that had been sitting on my shelf for a while since I used up the products. The colour of the bottles is so beautiful so I popped some flowers inside and it makes a lovely display on my windowsill.

Bits & Bobs - These small jars are perfect for holding little bits & bobs like hair grips, hair bobbles, buttons, cotton buds, cotton pads...anything really! It makes everything much neater and classier on the dressing table!

Candle Holder - As the colour is so beautiful, I like to get a small tea-light and place it inside the jar and it lights up so the blue becomes much more vibrant and prettier!

DIY Beauty Products - Get creative and instead of buying more beauty products, have a go at making your own! You could make your own toner, face mask or body butter!

I hope this has inspired you to make the most out of your packaging!

Amber
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11 comments :

  1. I reuse when I can, plastic bottles are handy for weekends away rather than buying those travel ones. The NYR bottles/jars are lovely and your flowers look perfect in the bottle :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I try to re-use as much as I can :)

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  2. I love my blue jars! I use mine to store things like clay powders and DIY creams xx

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    1. Ooh yes clay powders is such a good idea! Mines still in a plastic bag from eBay...I know what I'm doing when I get home! x

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  3. I also do this with my candle holders too, they are great for make up brushes! Those blue bottles and jars really are too lovely to toss, great idea for a post Amber :) Xx

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    1. Ooh yes I could put my travel size brushes in them...good idea! Thanks Ana :) x

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  4. Those blue bottles sure look great on your dresser! I reuse candle jars too, and so far have not really used up anything (made of glass) to re-use... >.<

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  5. I agree, they are far too pretty to recycle x

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    1. Way too pretty! I love them on my dressing table x

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  6. I do similar things with m Yankee Jars x

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