Lately I have been contemplating gallon plastic bottles- jugs used for milk. When you think about it, these self-same gallon containers are used for bottled water, pesticides, laundry soap, dishwashing soap, floor cleaners and more. Try taking a trip through your house and count the number of plastic gallon containers. How many of them get recycled? Even bottled water has only a 23% percent recycled rate.
That said, these gallon containers are perfect for kids crafts. Today with all the cutbacks in school art programs, these might be a solution to enhancing kids creatively at home and at work and keeping them off digital devices.
I just gotta Eco Ya:
- Most plastic milk containers are made from high-density polyethylene, also known as HDPE or No. 2 plastic, which means they are recyclable.
- Each American consumes 20.4 gallons of milk per year.
- American consume 156.7 million gallons of Milk a year. If 1/2 of that were plastic gallon jugs of milk that would mean over 75 Million plastic containers.
- The Environmental Protection Agency says that just 28.9% of plastic milk cartons are recycled.
There are tons of ways to reuse, but this is about toys and crafts for kids. Not all of these are milk jugs, but you can see the concept.
1.) Very cute car, made with a sprayer bottle and bottle cap wheels.
2.) This house made from what looks like bleach jugs (UGH!) are miniature doll houses.
They can also be miniature car stops or garages.
Not everyone needs rubber duckies. How cute to rinse the kids off with a whale made from milk jugs.
Teaching kids to save money or fiscal responsibility starts at an early age. We love this pink pig fashioned from a milk jug.
Wonderful kids project, at school or on a rainy day. Here are the instruction on how to build an igloo house with milk bottles. How To Build A Milk Jug Igloo