Be Your Own Farmer’s Market – How to Upcycle Plastic Mayonnaise Jars
In our home, we like to recycle and upcycle where possible. We recycle our bottles, glass, cans and boxes. We upcycle our large containers and use them to hold holiday candy, loose nuts and screws and other goodies. Thanks to Unilever, we took our upcycling one step further. We decided to “Be Our Own Farmer’s Market.”
As one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products, Unilever is behind many much-loved brands that touch two billion people every day around the world. Unilever is also a global leader in promoting sustainable living – such as Lipton® working with the Rainforest Alliance to develop more sustainable approaches to tea farming or Hellmann’s® making a commitment to transition its entire product line to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2000.
In November of 2013, Unilever launched a new initiative promoting sustainable living. Unilever Project Sunlight is a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. It aims to create a growing community of people who believe it’s possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations.
Taking a cue from the optimistic outlook children have on the world, Unilever Project Sunlight launched a new short film, “The Way Kids See It,” to inspire people to take small actions to live sustainably. Unilever Project Sunlight created Summer Sunlight Activities to encourage families to adopt sustainable habits at home.
One of the activities we participated in was an idea from Unilever Project Sunlight was to “Be Our Own Farmer’s Market.” As part of the activity, we started to grow our own vegetables and upcycled our used and empty mayonnaise jars. It was pretty cool and a fun activity to do as a family.
Did you know that you could be your own Farmer’s Market? Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and positively impact the environment. Get the most out of your next family dinner by upcycling glass (or plastic) jars like Hellman’s® mayonnaise containers – create your very own garden of your favorite herbs and vegetables. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to healthy, homegrown meals this summer.
What You’ll Need:
– Six 8-ounce jars (glass or plastic)
– Potting soil (enough to fill your jars)
– Small pebbles
– Various herbs and vegetable seeds (choose your favorites). Cilantro, basil and even bell peppers are great choices.
What To Do:
Step 1: Rinse out your jars to remove any debris, and label each jar with a marker or decorative label to indicate which herb, vegetable or fruit will be grown in each jar.
Step 2: Fill your jar ¼ full of pebbles covering the bottom to provide some drainage.
Step 3: Add soil up to the top of the jar, leaving about 1 inch of space, and use your finger to make a hole for your seeds (refer to your seed packet to determine optimum depth for proper growth).
Step 4: Place seeds in soil (refer to seed packet to determine how many seeds to use) and cover with more soil.
Step 5: Water gently daily – be sure not to allow the water to pool or puddle – and place in a sunny area (windowsill, porch, etc.).
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Unilever. All opinions are 100% mine.