Reusing Glass Jars
Reusing Glass Jars
Reusing Glass Jars
Reusing Glass Jars

Reusing Glass Jars


When working to reduce plastic packaging in your weekly shop you will probably find you end up with more glass jars. While these can be easily recycled, they are a great resource for supporting your journey to plastic free and every time we reuse first before recycling we are saving energy. 

Use them in your bathroom cupboard to store solid shampoo or toothpaste tabs. Take them with you to zero waste stores to stock up on dried good and refill cleaning products. Use them for leftovers in the fridge, or for make-your-own projects.

Here are some of your tips on preparing glass jam jars for reuse:

  • Paper labels can be removed and recycled. If they don't come off easily try soaking first. Plastic labels will need to go in the general waste.
  • The sticky residue often left by the label glue can be removed by:
    • mixing equal parts bicarbonate of soda and water. Paste this on to the jar and then washing off after 5-30 mins with an abrasive pad, or coconut scourer
    • mix coffee grounds with oil and then paste on to the jar, as above 
    • or try just olive oil or eucalyptus oil
  • If reusing to store food you should ensure that both the jar and the lids are throughly cleaned first.
    • Either a hot cycle in the dishwasher
    • or put the clean jars (not the lids) in the oven (120C) for around 10 mins
    • or boil in water for 10 mins

If you don't need all of your glass jars, before recycling try:

  • posting them on Facebook Marketplace, or similar - someone might just come and collect them from you
  • contacting your nearest zero waste store who may take them to offer to customers. 


This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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