It's ironic that manufacturers looking to reduce the amount of material in food packaging over the years, so that less material ends up in the landfill, makes such packaging less reusable by consumers. Plastics are thin and difficult to wash (distort in the dishwasher, collapse when hand-washing). Shapes aren't designed to be easy to wash, but for their visual appeal and streamlining manufacturing.

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I've been thinking about the "recycling crisis" and how disillusioned I've become about the recycling lies we've been fed. I thought glass was one of the most recyclable products, and it is very easy to recycle... but it's also very expensive to transport due to weight, so a lot of areas don't actually recycle it.

So I'm thinking about all those margarine tubs my mom washed and reused, and the threadless jelly jars that were reusable a drinking glasses. I want to focus more on reuse again.

And focusing on reuse now days means choosing products that come in packaging that lends itself to reuse. I really wish they still made those jelly glass tumblers. I found one producer that does, but those products aren't in stores around here, and shipping on 4 jars of preserves is 50% of the cost of the preserves themselves, and it seems like the carbon cost of shipping would outweigh my attempts at practical reuse.

@CarlCravens i keep thinking i want to get more stuff in bulk for exactly this reason, but the food system as a whole sure don't make it easy.

@brennen This is another great approach... reuse containers to _not buy more containers_. But the system, as you say, isn't really geared up for that anymore.

@CarlCravens Reuse of items is an ... strangely?.... very pleasurable hobby.

I bought a lot of large glass jars recently for storing foodstuffs, spices etc. These things were originally used in pharmacies and provided I don't bust them, they can last for generations.

@neglesaks Nice.

I buy peaches from Costco in glass jars, and I save those, but I start to feel I have too many.

They aren't as heavy a glass as I'd like (not as heavy as a mason jar)... but I've only broken one. The big problem I have is the lids aren't meant to last... their seals wear off and the lid starts to rust, but they don't take standard mason jar lids.


My grandmothers (1929-2016ish) grumping about re-use and 'why cant i just use my own fucking flower sack' just ran amok in my head

@CarlCravens i know

she was the best ; and as she got older (and me too) the filters just /dropped/ and wow she was a fantastic woman

im glad she unloaded stuff like that on me ; a lot of what we need to do im already doing by default

@CarlCravens (also if I would just go to the produce stores like I did in Galloway there would be less packaged veggies (which is one drawback of Aldi and its "no produce scales at the register" thing).

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