Repurposing and Reusing Simple Truth Packaging
By: Molly Hembree, RD, LD – Kroger Dietitian
We love making the most of our diet and lifestyle with the help of Simple Truth®, but reusing our favorite brand’s packaging is an added bonus! From glass jars to plastic cases, bags and bottles and more, here are some tips for getting the most out of your packaging with that little green circle.
Non-permeable glass containers can save you from buying more mason jars. Clean jars of pasta sauce, coconut oil or salsa are great for canning or pickling. Salad dressing or olive oil bottles can be refilled with oil, vinegar and spices for a homemade salad dressing. Spice jars can hold beads and buttons or serve as a travel container for lotion or shower gel. Lastly, Simple Truth Organic™ Instant Coffee packages are ideal as small craft containers to stow art supplies like scissors and glue sticks.
Plastic containers are also great to reuse. Simple Truth™ Fresh Herb Containers snap closed and are handy to hold school supplies. Next up, Simple Truth Organic™ Vegetable Trays: refill it with exactly what you bought! These trays can be used to combine favorite vegetables and dip for your next party with no worries about remembering to bring it home. Plastic bags from Simple Truth™ Dry Quinoa or Beans can be used just like normal zipper-seal bags once they’re empty. Simple Truth Organic™ Creamed Honey is perfect for DIY oil and sugar body scrubs. One of our favorite ideas is using Simple Truth™ Yogurt Cups as seed starters for your gardening.
Don’t forget the cardboard! Egg cartons are just right for storing trinkets and holiday ornaments. Cereal boxes can store magazines and fresh mushroom trays slip right into desk drawers for organizing paper clips and pushpins.
When you can’t think of an alternate use for your Simple Truth® packages, recycling is just as resourceful. Get it touch with your curbside recycling program or community recyclers and find what secondhand packages can be remade into new materials. Many times, basic paperboard, plastics #1 and #2, glass, mixed paper and aluminum, are accepted. Take advantage of the “Bag-2-Bag”plastic bag recycling bins likely in your Kroger Co. store’s lobby. Lastly, use the opportunity to design fancy adhesive labels that bring some personality and color to your treasured “new” products.