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?
Molly Hembree is a dietitian for The Kroger Company, providing nutrition, diet, food safety, allergen, and other health education to customers, partners, associates and the community. She obtained her BS in Dietetics from Eastern Kentucky University and is a current graduate student at the University of Cincinnati towards her MS in Nutrition.
Molly is a Certified Food Safety Manager by the FSP National Registry and holds two weight management certificates from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her free time, she enjoys Zumba, learning about vegan nutrition, and finding new, exciting ways to put fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes at the center of the plate!