Even if you recycle religiously and fill your home with reusable products such as cloth diapers and unpaper towels like I do, there still may be plenty of excess stuff lying around. There is always room for improvement when it comes to lowering your footprint and finding ways to recycle and repurpose items in your home.
Whenever possible, I like to reuse things instead of throwing them in the recycling bin or the garbage. Because of this, I've teamed up with Tom's of Maine to take the Less Waste Challenge. I have taken the pledge to reduce one pound of waste each week for the next year. Each week I will be donating or repurposing something in my home to get rid of the clutter and waste. This week, I am making a repurposed pet food container.
— Anti-June Cleaver (@AntiJuneCleaver) April 17, 2017
One thing that I love to repurpose are those sturdy plastic pails that they sell cat litter in. I'm sure you know the ones I'm talking about. We use them for holding Lincoln Logs, Legos, and even pet food. But let's be honest, those containers aren't very attractive so in an effort to make them less industrial looking, I like to decorate them. Easy enough, right?
How to make a repurposed pet food container
Why spend $20 or more on a plastic pet food container when you can get one almost for free. If you have cats then you may have a cat litter pail in your house already! When the litter is gone, wash it out and repurpose the pail into a pet food container, or any storage container.
You could cover it with contact paper, wrapping paper, or paint it. To use for pet food, I chose to paint mine. I chose a spray paint that was specifically made for plastic and took the empty pail out on the back deck to paint it.
When the paint dried, I printed out a dog picture to stick on the front of the painted pail. Using a few dots of plain old school glue to hold it in place, I attached the picture to my soon-to-be pet food container. Once it was stuck on, I covered the picture with some Mod Podge. Have you ever used Mod Podge? Man, I love this stuff! It is typically used for decoupage crafts. I like to use it for things like this because once dry, the picture will not come off and it will be nice and shiny.
Once the Mod Podge dries, pour in your pet's food, add an old measuring cup and you have an inexpensive repurposed pet food container. This container will hold approximately 20 pounds of cat or dog food and they fit nicely side-by-side under a shelf in the pantry. Plus, you saved money and helped save the planet at the same time! It's a win-win.
Will you take the Less Waste Challenge and pledge to eliminate waste in your home?