How to... Recycle An Old CD-R Case and Save Some Lunch Money at the Same Time

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When we watch Martha Stewart or read Southern Living (both of our guilty pleasures), we can pick up a lot of tips for cheap and cute place settings or making beautiful holiday giftwrap from everyday items. We might not use those tips soon—or ever, I mean, we eat and even entertain at our couch and coffee table. But someday, something like knowing how to make a noteboard out of an old coffee sack might actually come in handy and we can impress our friends with our stellar knowledge of thrify DIY projects. When we came across an image on Flickr that showed us a no-brainer way to reuse a CD-R case as a lunchbox, we put it in that same file...

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Flickr user Pwka shows us how they packed their toasted bagel with avocado lunch into a CD spindle package for a quick custom tupperware. You'll be sure to impress the IT guys at the office with this gem! And if one cute idea is all it takes to get you to start packing a lunch instead of bringing it, then it's even better!

And before you guys go there, the plastics of most cd spindles are polypropene, so they should be food safe after a good dishwasher clean to get rid of the 'plastic' smell and any nasties from your desk drawer that you wouldn't want touching your food.

If you're still plastic-phobic and want something else to do with your CD-R stack cases, check out our post on how to make planters out of the CD drum cases.

[ First image from Inkiboo@Flickr ]

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.

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