10 Reuse Ideas for Takeout Waste

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3. Impress your guests with takeout box lanterns

Lanterns and candle holders made to look like Chinese takeout boxes sell for $20 or more at trendy home decor shops. But why shell out your hard-earned dollars when you can craft your own cute and classy lanterns from takeout leftovers?

From the creative minds behind the DIY youTube channel ShihoMasuda, this simple and sophisticated project is easy enough for even the most non-crafty reuse enthusiast. And the clever little lanterns are perfect for your next backyard bash!

Remember to wash your takekout containers well and allow them to dry before getting started. Avoid using boxes that are heavily soiled with grease or oil, and stick to plug-in or battery-operated candles for fire-safe fun all night long.

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4. Have a clamshell boat race with the kids

Commonly referred to as “Styrofoam,” a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company, plastic #6 (also known as polystyrene) is one of those materials that’s often difficult to recycle. Yet it’s one of the most abundant materials in takeout waste – showing up in everything from cups and plates to clamshell containers. Fight back against foam waste by turning your throw-aways into hours of summer fun for the whole family.

Using this tutorial from eHow, you can easily transform your used clamshell containers into adorable toy sailboats for the kids. Once every member of the family has a boat, take a trip to a local stream and race them to see whose model is fastest. If you don’t have enough clamshell containers for the whole gang, you can also use the tutorial to make sea-worthy boats from foam egg cartons and cups and small cardboard boxes.

Even if you don’t have kids, you have to admit that clamshell boat races sound like a pretty awesome way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. So, why not embrace your inner child and give it a try with a few buddies? We promise not to tell anyone!

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