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Repurposing and Reusing Simple Truth Packaging

We love making the most of our diet and lifestyle with the help of Simple Truth, but using our favorite brand’s packaging is an added bonus!  From glass jars, to plastic cases, bags, and bottles, to cardboard trays, boxes, and cartons, here are some tips for getting the most out of your clean packaging with that little green circle.

Non-permeable glass containers can make things easy.  How about taking clean Simple Truth pasta sauce, coconut oil, or salsa jars and canning or pickling this way instead of buying mason jars?  Simple Truth salad dressing or olive oil bottles can be refilled with oil, vinegar, and spices for a homemade salad dressing as a hostess gift.  Petite Simple Truth spice jars can hold beads and buttons or serve as a travel container for lotion or shower gel.  Any chance you have a neighbor who makes their own syrup?  Be sure to hand-off your vintage Simple Truth Maple Syrup glass bottles!  Lastly, Simple Truth Organic Instant Coffee packages are ideal as small craft containers to stow art supplies like scissors and glue sticks.

Plastics from your beloved Simple Truth products can also be reused.  Simple Truth fresh herb containers come in handy for the kids in school!  These little snap-closure packages make it a breeze to store pens, pencils, or markers.  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 your 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.  Our top ideas:  Simple Truth yogurt cups as seed starters for your gardening and Simple Truth Organic fresh greens bins double as storage for last night’s side dish.

Thank you, cardboard.   We’ve found that Simple Truth egg cartons are just right for storing trinkets and even for ornaments when the holidays hit!  Simple Truth cold cereal boxes can store magazines, while Simple Truth fresh mushroom trays slip right into desk drawers for compartmentalizing 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 (or that Simple Truth Harvest Grain Bread bag can be reused as a small trash can liner!).  Lastly, use the opportunity to design fancy adhesive labels that bring some personality and color to your treasured “new” products.

Do you have any fun ideas for reusing food packaging?


About Molly:

Molly McBride, RD, LD, is a corporate registered dietitian for The Kroger Company, working through the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) to provide nutrition, diet, food safety, allergen and other health-related feedback to customers and to the community.  She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in General Dietetics and is currently a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati towards her Masters of Science in Nutrition.  Molly is involved with the Vegetarian Dietetic Practice Group and holds weight management certificates for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is a Certified Food Safety Manager by the FSP National Registry and her past experiences includes work in many short and long-term care clinical settings.  She also is a Zumba fanatic.



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6 total reviews

Fort Collins, Colorado

Just got done trying to remove the label and glue from the simple true spaghetti jars! What an effort, they do not want to come off. First I boiled them to get the paper off. Then the glue. Not even gasoline would take it off easily. Maybe Kroger can change the method of attaching the labels to the jar so they can come off really easy.

April 19, 2015, 6:22 PM

I need to know if the cans used for Simple Truth Organic products contain BPA. This is information is critical to many people and should be shown on the labels. Thanks.

April 14, 2016, 3:00 PM

I am appreciative of any company focused on reuseable and recycleable. Thank you for caring.

June 23, 2016, 9:58 AM

I like simple truth cereal, but the packaging makes it difficult to get to. the inner package is sealed so the only way to open is with scissors or a knife or rip it apart. The average senior cannot simply open the inner package without destroying it. couldn't they use a different method to seal the package.

September 15, 2016, 12:44 PM

We just bought our first jar of simple truth cayenne red pepper and we can not remove the lid to remove the paper so we can use it. I can't even get it off with a knife. It doesn't screw off or pop off. Can't open, can't use!!! Frustrating.

October 30, 2016, 6:08 PM

I've just purchased 3 containers of STO broccoli slaw in the clear snap-top plastic containers. I cannot find any recycling # on the lids or the bottoms. Please let me know what number they are and label future containers to make recycling easier.

March 2, 2017, 8:21 AM