Pringles come in cylindrical cans that are innovative and practical. Consumers need no longer worry whether that bag of chips they've just purchased will have nothing but crumbs inside. Nor need they endure the hassle of storing huge bags of chips in their pantry when they can simply set a few durable, space-saving cans on the shelf. While 50 percent of each Pringles can is made from recycled material, these cardboard and metal cans are, unfortunately, non-recyclable. And since they're a favorite snack item for billions of people, that means they are a large contributor to landfill waste. But just because they can't go in the recycling bin doesn't mean they can't be repurposed in a multitude of ways!
[Note: Always thoroughly wash and dry Pringles cans before re-using them. Also, depending on your location, you may be able to recycle Pringles cans by separating the metal bottom and the plastic lid from the cardboard component. Check with your local recycling facility.]
HOW TO RE-USE YOUR PRINGLES CANS
- Decorate the outside of the can with construction paper, glitter, ribbons, or whatever you like, then fill it with homemade cookies, and give it away as a gift. Or skip the decorating part and just use the container to hold cookies on your next camping trip!
- Use Pringles cans to hold odd- or small-sized gifts. Just stuff the can with tissue paper or cellophane, add the gift, and cover the outside with wrapping paper.
- Use a Pringles can to store your artist paintbrushes.
- For bigger paint projects, store your used roller inside a Pringles can to keep it from drying out between uses. Just cap it and place it in the fridge.
- Decorate the outside of a can, poke holes through the sides, attach a string for a handle, and have your son or daughter use it for transporting their papers home at the end of the week.
- Use Pringles cans to store small toys or tennis balls.
- Use them to store dry pastas of any kind.
- Keep one on your desk for organizing pens and pencils.
- Keep your knitting and crochet needles inside Pringles cans.
- Yarn can also be kept from unwinding if stored inside a Pringles can.
- Use one to store an open sleeve of crackers (like Ritz or Club) to keep them from going stale.
- Use one as a disposal for your diabetic testing strips and lancets.
- Wind your Christmas lights around them to prevent tangling and for easier storage.
- Use the lid as a spoon rest when you're cooking.
- Fill the can with dry dog food when you're camping or on a weekend trip (depending on the size of your dog, of course).
- Cut a slit in the lid and use the can to collect coins.
- Turn the can into a kaleidoscope by following the instructions at MakingFriends.com.
- Use a Pringles can and the heat of the sun to cook hot dogs! Just follow the instructions at SolarDIYHQ.com.
- Decorate the outside of a Pringles can and keep it on your kitchen counter to store utensils.
- Wrap white paper around a Pringles can, paint a red cross on it, and fill it with medical supplies like bandages, ointments, antiseptics, and painkillers for an at-home first-aid kit.
- Teach your students or children about rhythm, or just good, old-fashioned noise-making by turning Pringles cans into maracas. Just fill the cans with dried macaroni, beans, rice grains, or beads.
- Turn a Pringles can into a pinhole camera! Just follow the instructions at Exploratorium.edu.