From spreads to condiments, there are tons of foodstuffs that are packaged in glass jars, and while these can be put straight into the recycling, why not get creative? The versatility of glass jars means there are tons of options for at-home reuse, and if you’re an arts and crafts enthusiast, this is likely to be a fun weekend activity.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to use your surplus glass jars, we’ve made a list of five ways to transform them into something useful for your household.

Jams and chutneys

If you fancy yourself as a culinary whizz and are looking for ways to pinch some pennies over the holidays, why not cook up a batch of jam or chutney and gift it in your jars? You can jazz them up with festive ribbons or colourful labels and give personalised presents that your family and friends will remember for years to come. Edible treats are always welcome around the holidays, and you can put more or less anything you want in your jars depending on what you enjoy cooking.

Light features

Create innovative light features by filling your jars with coloured beads or sand and nestling tea lights inside. These will look lovely when lit up, plus, they’ll make cold winter evenings that little bit more cosy. Alternatively, you could buy a few strings of battery-operated fairy lights and arrange these inside your jars.


If you’re short on glasses for an upcoming social gathering, serving up drinks in glass jars is the perfect solution. All you’ll need to do is peel off the jar labels, give them a thorough clean and voila- you’ll have some brand new glasses without having spent a penny! Cocktails in particular look great in glass jars, plus, you’ll never have to buy another glass again.

Plant pots

If you’ve got a selection of glass jars in all different shapes and sizes, why not use them to display your plant collection? You can repot existing ones or plant new ones and watch as they come to life in your glass jars. These can be displayed both indoors and outdoors, and you can label all your jars with a description of the plant and how to care for it in case you ever need a friend or relative to look after them while you’re away.

Bathroom storage

Small glass jars are perfect for storing bathroom cosmetic items such as cotton buds and balls and, when arranged in a charming display, can really lift the look of your bathroom. Again, you can get as creative as you like with labelling or alternatively, leave the jars blank for a more minimalistic feel.

If you’re looking to work with a waste management company that prioritises reuse and recycling, look no further than Brewsters. We offer a range of services to both domestic and commercial clients, and we recycle about 95% of the waste we receive in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce reliance on landfill sites.

For more information regarding our services, contact us today and rely on Brewsters for the most eco-conscious waste management solutions.