Recycle at Home: New Use for a Familiar Green Container

Recycling is better than sending trash to the landfill, of course, but I love it when we can re-use something at home and avoid any further processing altogether. We recently converted an empty cheese shaker into a handy container for cinnamon sugar.

To make cinnamon sugar, simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon (we like Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon from Savory Spice Shop) with 1 cup of sugar (I use Zulka all-natural pure cane sugar) in the container and shake to combine.

Pop the lid on the side with holes and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on buttered toast, cookies, muffins, pancakes, popcorn, baked apples, etc.


Do you have any new uses for old containers? I’d love to hear your ideas.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 comments to Recycle at Home: New Use for a Familiar Green Container

  • Cate

    I just came by a way to recycle by accident. While throwing out our old plastic shower curtain liner (plastic is so bad — I now use a cloth liner), it occurred to me to recycle the magnets at the bottom of the curtain. They are excellent for use on the refrigerator to hold pics or to use in a craft project.

    Happy recycling!

  • I usually use them to store screws & nails, being see through helps me identify what type of screw is in it quickly. 🙂

  • I re-use the same kind of containers. One contains nutritional yeast to sprinkle over popcorn. Another contains baking soda that I use as scouring powder in my kitchen and bathroom.

    BTW, I have my cinnamon/sugar in a large antique salt shaker.

  • Amy

    Hey, just found your blog even though this is an old entry. I posted about this sort of thing on my own here – – and the relevant info is toward the end of the entry. The Reader’s Digest version is that I’m using clean Trader Joe’s yogurt containers to hold legumes. Those things are sturdy, so I think it’s better to reuse them than to recycle them.

  • Jill

    Your idea was WAY better than mine! I also tried to recycle the container I thought “Oh how fun for my 4 yr old to have in the tub today,she can pour water through the holes in the top….” Within one minute of her having it she pressed her fingers through the pouring holes,and bam! stuck. I tried oil,butter,soap,by then her fingers turned deep red,she was crying,I had to call hubby home from work,he used tile snips to get it off after much delicate work,we almost went to the ER. So now,its a funny story that its over.Sooo,yes great for cinn./sugar not great for kids! Enjoying your blog.Jill

  • katiejohnsonwriter

    Love the idea. I have an old container sitting on the cabinet right now. Going to go pop some cinnamon and sugar in that bad boy!

  • Great idea! I’m stopping by from UBP10. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks great! Exactly the topics I’m interested in, I’m subscribing!

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