Dear Eastsider: What to do with plastic store boxes?

A thrifty Echo Park resident named Mary G. is looking for ways to reuse all those clear plastic containers that often come home stuffed with supermarket muffins or strawberries. Yes, you can toss many of them in the blue recycle trash bin. But Mary – who admits to still using cardboard boxes rescued from her office 20 years ago – is looking for some more creative, DIY solutions:

“They would make great mini greenhouses: punch holes for air, layer
with soil/fertilizer/water and plant your veggie and spice seeds. Most of the boxes have snap-down lids so the critters (possums/raccoons/birds/snails) couldn’t get in them but people could. If necessary, to keep them from being dragged off by an enterprising raccoon, they could be tacked down or wired to a fence, window sill, etc.”

A Midwestern friend of the Eastsider suggests saving the boxes to store Christmas ornaments or perhaps serving as some back up rain gear. Not sure if a strawberry-box-as umbrella would offer much protection but other ideas are welcome.

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