Jun 302014
 

My mom used to make juice from concentrate. It’s still the cheapest. Way cheaper than buying cartons or bottles.

It’s easy to get tricked into buying “fruit drink” or “punch”, but once I learned to buy nothing that does not say “100% juice” I was OK.

The problem is the waste: plastic, metal and cardboard in one seemingly inseparable package. How to recycle all those components?

1. Make the juice

1. Make the juice

These frozen containers are much more efficient packaging than a carton,  jug or bottle. If only we could separate them into their component parts. But WAIT, we CAN!

Here’s how.

Step 1: make the juice.

Step 2. Recycle the plastic strip that kept the lid on and the metal top.

2. Recycle the strip and the lid.

2. Recycle the strip and the lid.

 

We recycle small plastic doohickeys. Why not?

We recycle small plastic doohickeys. Why not?

Our metal recycling bin--which also contains juice boxes

Our metal recycling bin–which also contains juice boxes

Under the sink

It’s not usually this full under there.

Step 3:  Submerge the container in water so that the cardboard gets soggy. You don’t have to submerge it all the way. Leave it like this for a few hours and it will be plenty soggy.

4. Put the thing in water.

4. Put the thing in water.

5. Finally, when the cardboard is good and soggy, it is easy to tear the whole thing apart and separate out the plastic (the same kind of plastic in the plastic bags we recycle all the time, am I right?), the metal bottom and the cardboard. I put the still-soggy cardboard in with the rest of our cardboard recycling–it will dry out very soon (I’m lazy like that).

6. Perhaps this video will help!

Voila! Cheap, sustainable juice!

Now, how can I ensure that the manufacturer is using sustainable practices producing the juice?

  One Response to “Cheap, sustainable juice!”

  1. […] It was not an immediate shift and we have not achieved Zero Waste. However, I found solutions for all our green waste and the cat litter. Those were big. Getting the son out of “disposable” diapers was also huge. Tiny bits of metal and plastic that hadn’t seemed important before are now recycled. I was so proud of my solution to the frozen juice cans that I blogged about it. […]

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