5 Ways To Reuse A Plastic Milk Jug

By | April 4, 2008

Most families go through at least one gallon of milk a week. Even if you recycle each container, that’s still a lot of waste! Keep those plastic milk jugs out of the landfill by reusing.

Here are 5 ways to reuse plastic gallon & 1/2 gallon milk jugs:

1- Painting: Cut the front, top quarter off, keeping the bottom and handle in tact. Fill with paint for a portable, easy to hold bucket.

2- Piggy Bank: Cut a 1/4 inch slit near the top of the milk jug & drop all your extra spare change into the jug. Before you know it, it will be full and time to go to the bank to cash in. You can also decorate your new penny saver to match any decor.

Milk Jug Scoop3- Scoop: This works best with a 1/2 gallon jug, having the handle as the top of your scoop. Cut diagonally around the jug until you have a nice scoop shape. For a bit of a lip to your scoop, keep a little bit of the bottom of the jug intact. This is super useful for things like birdseed, fertilizer, dog food and potting soil.

4- Lantern: Cut of the top of the gallon jug, fill the container with sand and a votive candle. If you have several, you can line a walkway or driveway to welcome guests.

5- Plant Markers: Cut the jug into strips, write plant varieties in permanent marker, and stick it in the dirt for easy reference.

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  4. Rene Olivier

    I stumled upon this while doing a search for milk jug. Yes, they are changing the milk jug for among other things, carbon footprint reasons, but you should consider moving to milk sachets or bags as some might call them. Liquid Living has developed a new product that makes the use of sachets so easy without spilling a drop and the milk stays fresher longer. The developed tap instantly seals with the wall of a sachet and the dispenser or milk jug is very user friendly to put in your fridge or to even mount on a wall.This will allow you to contribute to the environment by saving 75% plastic. Further, as the end consumer, you will save even more by buying sachets!

  5. melaniekmontgomery

    I understand, due to carbon footprint reasons, milk will contain ingredients that your average consumer will not prefer. However, I do believe that it shoulld be included on the label in addition to what can be done by the consumer to assist in going green. The more consumers are educated on the after affects of their contributions to the earth, hopefully it will aide in bringing about change for the better!


    I must agree with Rene, milk sachets or bags are the best and cheapest way of consuming milk with a small percentage of the plastic waste of Screw Top Jugs. To over-come the hassle factor use a Clip It Re-usable Jug. The easiest way to ever use a sachet! See: http://www.msbdesign.co.za

  7. Collinc pt

    Very informative!!
    In recent times, the world is becoming cognizant about the hazardous effects of plastic bags on the environment.
    Also PLA has been used to line the inside of Paper Cups in place of the oil based lining more commonly used, create Green plastics Cups, Cutlery, Carrier Bags, Food Packaging and even Nappies.

  8. balers

    I heard once you use a plastic container its some kind of harmful chemical arouses from it making it hazardous. A very great article though.

  9. Plumbing

    Plastic containers will add to our already over-burdened landfills if they are not reused or recycled. There are many uses both inside and outside the home for these plastic containers that would otherwise just have been thrown away. It is simply up to us to be creative about we use them.

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