This is preached to us every single day. Bring your own bags to the store. Recycle your plastic containers, your metal cans, newspapers, magazines and your batteries. Reuse it if it's not beyond all hope of saving. Over the years I have adopted all of these practices, trying to lighten my carbon footprint. Only recently, in the past year, have I begun reusing as much as possible. Recycling is a useful practice, but it also uses a lot of energy. If I am taking steps to reduce my carbon footprint, reusing is the way to go.My favorite reusable item is the glass jar. You can use them for most everything. They come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors. I like to use them for storing things like the herbs I grow, which I use for myself and give as gifts in those jars.My homemade milks look very tasty stored in the pickle jars I saved.
I enjoy making my own salad dressings. Storing a lovely maple-mustard viniagrette in a jar that once contained olives is perfect. And what do you do when you need to grind up a spice and you grind too much? Put it in a jar. Do this when you grind too many flax seeds. I even use a glass bottle for taking my water in my lunches.
Wine bottles are perfect vessels for sauces, flavored oils and vinegars.While I don't save every single glass jar and bottle, I save many of them. What I don't save gets recycled. Giving the gift of a dried, homegrown herb in a jar you saved is a lovely gift when you dress it up with a snazzy label and perhaps a bow. Jars are the perfect vessel for holding just about anything. Make your own vanilla extract in those jars, keep some for yourself and give some away as a gift. No one will care if the lid that goes to that jar says Baby Gherkins on it as long as that jar contains something fabulous.
Take these lovely storage jars my grandma gave me, for instance:Who the heck knows how long she's had them, but they are fantastic. If you find yourself in the possession of something like this and you don't want to keep them, take them the Goodwill so I can find them and take them home with me.