Plastic Storage Bins and Boxes
While many plastic storage containers are designed for one and done applications, there are ways in which you can prolong their useful lives. This article will touch on a few ways by which you can make your plastic storage bins last longer, helping you to save money and reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
While it is true that plastic containers are often thought of as disposable items that are thrown away after one use, many of them are designed to last for much longer than that. Consider the plastic gasoline container. It is designed to be used repeatedly over several years. If it is properly taken care of, it will last for a very long time. The same thing can be said for plastic storage bins that are used to store office supplies or for plastic tool boxes. The only thing that these items might need for a longer life is a periodic cleaning. It also helps if these bins are kept in a controlled environment, without the extreme fluctuations in the temperature.
Remember to never use a plastic storage container for something that it was not designed to do. Don’t use a light-duty plastic tool box to carry around forty pounds worth of fishing sinkers. If you do that and you drop the box, it will break and no longer be of any use to you. Many plastic storage boxes are lost simply because they are misplaced. The smaller they are, the easier it is to lose them. To keep this from happening, allocate a special place in the room for these boxes and return them to that place after every use.
Another way to increase the useful life of a plastic container is to simply re-purpose it. In other words, simply find another use for it. Use an old milk jug as a funnel or a paint container. An old plastic coffee container can be used as a gnat trap during the summer months, or a bin to store office supplies or mechanical fasteners.
By finding ways to extend the useful life of your plastic storage containers, you can save a little bit of money by not having to buy as many new containers, reduce the amount of clutter in your home or office, and help the environment by reducing the amount of trash that ends up in our landfills and waterways.