Old protein containers

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    Aug 04, 2008 12:46 PM GMT
    I just finished a tub a protein today, and was wondering, "Do you do anything with your old tubs/containers of supplement/protein powder, other than throw them away?" It's an insane amount of plastic, when you think about it, and they're not recyclable. I used two of my tubs as cleaning buckets:

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    But I'm running out of ideas...

    And what do you do with the smaller ones:

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    Or the slightly larger, but odd shaped ones:

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    Ideas?
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    Aug 04, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    Oh I was thinkin' this thread was about men over the age of 35 icon_eek.gif
    LOL

    Why are these not recyclable?

    Cleaning bucket is a good idea... If you do use them as a cleaner/toxic container, just be sure to mark them as such -- there have been pleanty of stories of mistaken "identity" and thus some one poisoned.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    I don't put _powder_ into them. Just threw out the lid and rinsed it out to use as a bucket for a mop, or to hold the cleaning supplies (sponges, spray cleaner, etc) in under the sink.

    But I probably go through a tub a month--and I really don't have a use for 12 cleaning buckets every year! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    I use a few to keep used oil in from my cars. They're easier and cleaner to fill than trying to refill the old quart bottles. Easier to take to the oil drop as well.

    They recycle them here in Germany though.
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    Some ideas:

    1) Hats (one bucket)
    2) Helmets (two buckets one on top of the other)
    3) Garden pots
    4) Potties icon_surprised.gif
    5) Erm... 'Broadband' clothesline telephones! icon_biggrin.gif
    6) Hoarding nuts, precious stones, giveaway condoms, M&M's, marbles, etc. in.
    7) Build a boat with them!
    icon_cool.gif Build a skyscraper! icon_biggrin.gif
    9) Build an airplane! icon_cool.gif
    10) A SPACESHIP! icon_lol.gif
    11) Build a drumset made entirely of these.
    12) Give them away to hated people on Christmas! icon_biggrin.gif
    13) Shred them and toss the pieces into the ocean to choke turtles!
    14) Bury them behind the neighbor's Rose Bushes.
    15) Roll them around town.
    16) Eat all your meals in them.
    17) Donate to the Khoi-San and film what happens afterwards as 'God must be a Bodybuilder'... make lots of sequels.
    1icon_cool.gif Start a cargo cult somewhere in Papua New Guinea by paradropping these tubs.
    19) Use it to transfer every single drop of water from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
    20) Relax, sit still, stare, and meditate on the curves and lines of each bucket as a way to achieve a higher level of consciousness.

    Ok... I ran out of ideas. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    I give them to an RN here at work who takes them to her son/daughter's elementary classes. Teachers are pretty imaginative!
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    I used to use them as cheap storage cannisters for dry stuff from the bulk foods section, and small quantities of specialty flours for baking experiments.

    Lately, I've just been buying brands that come in bags, and putting them into old cannisters after opening.

    BTW: None of our local recycling centers will accept plastic. I have a bigger problem with used plastic sample bottles in the lab. If I can't recycle them, I'm thinking of at least getting a compacter in there to reduce the bulk.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    We go through so many of these at the store that we've run out of alternative options for their use. We just have to throw them out now icon_sad.gif .
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    Aren't those bottles possible hazards though? I dunno what you use them for.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    lean_jock74 saidAren't those bottles possible hazards though? I dunno what you use them for.


    I wonder the same thing about old plastic. I've heard anything plastic marked as # 1, should be immediately recycled after use. I've heard its something about the possibility of bacteria collecting on the inside of bottles. Though I've only heard about this with plastic water bottles, I'm unsure about protein containers.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Why not just switch to a brand that's packaged in a recyclable container? Seems a viable enough reason to me to switch brands.


  • in773guy

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    Aug 04, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    LOL....mine are full of change.....time to go to the bank...LOL
  • Musclebucket

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    Aug 04, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    KUDOS to Sedative for all those humorous, creative adhoc ideas for reusing the containers!! We need more thinking like yours in this world!!

    I especially liked the idea about dropping them from planes over papua New Guinea and starting a cargo cult...maybe you should leave some whey protein in them, since the locals there are no longer cannibals yet still need supplementation LOL!!!!!!!!

    I take mine to the recycling center and they accept them. I use EAS Whey and on the bottom of the plastic tub it has a "2" in the triangle which is the symbol for recyling...most plastic containers (milk jogs, dishsoap bottles, plastic coffee containers, etc.) today are either "1" or 2"2" type plastic and recyclable.

    However I do save some of them and adapt them for the following:

    * shower cap (may involve some cutting with scissors)
    * presoak for thongs, G-strings and fundoshi before
    washing. You can get 6 or 7 thongs in one 2lb whey
    protein tub to presoak
    * Keep one in the car in case you have to pee really
    bad but there's nowhere to stop. Also makes a great
    chamber pot if you're camping and don't want to
    venture out into the woods to pee (or other) at
    night NOTE: make sure to keep the lid
    * I made one into an igloo for my pet hermit crabs and
    they just love it!! I also glued fake fur on the
    crab shells to simulate eskimos and put white sand
    in their terrarium for an arctic-themed converstion
    piece
    * Give one to Grandma!! Most grandmas have lots of
    great ideas for reusing things. Who knows? maybe
    granny will crochet some pink, blue, yellow and
    green styrofoam egg conainers together as a sleeve
    for your protein container and you'll end up with a
    festive caddy for your lube, rubbers and Viagra for
    your nightstand. Maybe grandma will even let you
    choose the yarn!!
    * HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS MORE IDEAS!! BE CREATIVE!!!
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    Aug 04, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    I'm an idiot. My containers are all number 2 plastic and I just checked--they are indeed recyclable. Though, the adage is reduce, reuse, recycle in that order. Recycling has an environment cost as well though, so by all means keep the thread going if anyone has good ideas.

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
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    Aug 04, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    I've always recycled my containers... Our condo has bins from the city that accepts numbers 1 -> 6, and you can usually recycle #7 at a depot not too far away. Even those stupid starbucks plastic cups are recyclable, yet most of them end up in the garbage.
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    Sep 05, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    cut out designs. spray paint container. add tea light...you now have a lantern for outside or inside.

    drill holes in top sides. attach rope to make handle. spray paint orange or black. stencil/draw some festive Halloween motif and give to children as a trick of treat bucket.

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    Sep 05, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Use the large one as a coffee mug...
  • Menergy_1

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    Sep 05, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    my brand, MET-Rx, luckily uses #2 plastic containers -- recyclable and accepted by my waste management company here in Santa Fe....

    However, the company does NOT accept glass in its recycling program! We have to throw glass containers away in the trash for the dump -- something to do with the recycling technology used here that can't mix in glass with the other acceptable materials, like paper, cans, foil, etc. Something to do with "contamination" of the other types when glass breaks. That's shocking to me.

    Sorry to hear there are still places that don't recycle at all!
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    Sep 05, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    Now that I buy my whey protein isolate in bulk I empty each new 25lb bag into my old protein containers. If I didn't do that I'd have used them to store the contents of opened 40lb bags of dry dog food instead of buying a pet food storage container.
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    Dec 08, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
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    Dec 08, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    I use them to store my weed.