Aluminium Foil containers – 4 reuse ideas

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4 ways to reuse aluminium containers

4 ways to reuse aluminium containers

We all love a little convenience, right?

One of my ‘convenience foods’ is containers of organic fruit purée. Fortunately, even though I might feel a little guilty at not boiling up my own apples and blueberries, the packaging of my little indulgence is zero waste so I don’t feel too bad.

The purée comes in an aluminium foil pot with a foil lid and you get two pots wrapped in cardboard which contains all the nutritional information.

The other day I’ve realised I’ve been reusing these pots in 4 ways and I wanted to share them with you. Perhaps you buy something in similar packaging and would like to reuse the containers before recycling them.

Diffuse oils

We’re a great user of essential oils at zero waste towers. We use them to support the immune system, as air fresheners and for cleaning. I put one of these aluminium foil containers on top of the wood burner during the winter, fill it with water and add a couple of drops of essential oil to diffuse into the room.

Portion control

According to Love food Hate Waste, one of the reasons we waste so much food in the UK is cooking too much food. One of these containers holds the perfect amount of rice for one person! Fill it with rice, add two containers full of water and you’ll get perfectly cooked basmati for tea.


Punch a few holes in the bottom with a sharp screwdriver and these little aluminium foil containers are great seedling containers. Once the seedling has two or three leaves, you can transplant to a bigger pot.

Cake tins

When my silicone cake tins went AWOL (I’d tidied up and forgotten where I’d put them!) I used some of these foil containers instead. I figured if they were good enough for Mr Kipling, they were good enough for Mrs Green.

What about you? What would you use these aluminium foil containers for?


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Julie Day says:

    I don’t just put them for recycling but the foil from choc wrappers I keep to put in smaller bits of foil from tablet blister packs to keep them in. Don’t know if it works once in the cart.

  2. Attila says:

    They’d make great moulds for soap or for candles (large tea light or floating candles). Or would they make little jelly moulds?

  3. Jane says:

    I have been thinking about making soap on a rope for my nearly blind father-in-law. That way he would be able to hang onto the soap while showering and hang it up safely ready for next time.

  4. sandy says:

    Show’s how much I use a supermarket, I have never seen those before, maybe a trip around the local Mr Tesco maybe in order. LOL

  5. Nicolas says:

    Please beware: Aluminium is under the suspition to cause brain damage when it enters our body – this might happen when food (apparently especialy prepared by baking) comes into contact with aluminium

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Julie Day: I ‘wrap’ small bits of foil too. I’m guessing it works out ok

    @Attila: Oh I LOVE the idea of individual jelly moulds; can’t believe I didn’t think of that. You will have changed LMG’s life!

    @Jane: Fantastic idea; did you get around to making it? I used to love soap on a rope but rarely see it these days.

    @sandy: Sandy, these aren’t usually found in supermarkets, although Waitrose stock them. It’s more a health food shop item; I get mine from Suma

    @Nicolas: Thanks for the reminder Nicolas; if we’re not worrying about things leaching from plastic, it’s aluminium!

  7. Oh, how creative with the oils and the portion control! Genius! You have such creative ideas. I always think, if the world came to a crashing end, you’d be the type that would survive and actually restart society!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Jennifer Ward-Pelar: LOL! now there’s a thought 😀

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