A plastic storage crate can be used for various purposes with the main intention to store and protect items. However, certain storage or protection can be temporary and the need for plastic crate may become redundant. Instead of keeping it to attract dust, it can be used in other ways you would not have thought of. Here are five ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle your plastic storage crates.
1. Set of Drawers:
With the aid of wallpapers, glue, and creativity, you can transform your storage box in a set of drawers which can be used as a table and a piece of furniture. Crates can be stacked on top of each other for space efficiency and you can beautify your drawer by painting over them or sticking wallpapers.
2. Cat Litter Boxes:
While it is still a box for storing, you definitely will not be keeping the contents for long. These recyclable litter boxes are cost-efficient and simple to make. Cut a hole on the lid and deposit sand into the crate. The crate structure is most efficient for this as you can simply toss out the contents and refill the sand conveniently. Optional steps include decorating or sticking cloths on the lids for additional aesthetics and comfort. There you have it, a simple cat litter box.
3. Jewellery Storage Organiser and Transportation
Metal rods can be inserted through the top sides of a plastic crate with a drill. Jewellery such as necklaces, chains, and earrings can be hung for storage or transportation. This use of a plastic crate is great when it comes to preventing entangling of the chains.
4. Mini Pond
By capitalising on the waterproof aspect of plastic, you can dig a hole in your backyard and fit the plastic storage unit in. You can fill it up with water, insert an air pump and put some aquatic plants in. The result is a mini DIY pond that does not cost a lot and you can recycle some plastic.
5. Pet Home
Depending on the size and sturdiness of the plastic crate, it can be transformed into a home for pets. You can drill, stack and connect boxes to create an intricate layout for small pets like rabbits or hamsters. Certain plastic crate is transparent so you can enjoy the labour of your works while your pet enjoys their new home.
These are some of the ideas that we generate for the use of plastic storage crates. Plastic crates are durable and have many uses, hence throwing them away would be a waste. It is important to understand the impact of making plastic and how it harms the environment. Therefore, it is important to reuse, reduce and recycle your plastic storage crate wherever possible.