Taking Your Work Home With You Repurposed Containers

Keep an eye out for things your workplace might be getting rid of or recycling. They're likely to be of professional quality, and there's sure to be a lot of them. Glass carafes, plastic tubs, old shelving, empty jars: you know you could do something cool with those...

  • I used to live with a talented barista who worked at Ritual Coffee. At the time, they served French press coffee, and in a busy cafe it was inevitable that the glass Bodum carafes would be broken. Any with minor damage were brought home, and put to good use. Over the years I have used these to hold my kitchen utensils, my painting supplies, and now my markers, pens, & blades. I wish I had a hundred of them! Oh, and I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I covered the chipped portions with thick black electrical tape, and have never hurt myself on them.
  • For years I worked at a beautiful candyshop, and one of our most beloved Dutch licorices came in square, stackable plastic tubs. I had access to hundreds of them, and use them for everything. The ones you see here hold my office supplies, note cards, glues, lightbulbs, and more, but I also have them under my kitchen sink (sponges, rags, solvents) and in my bathroom cabinet (first-aid, home remedies, nail polish & such). Though I scrubbed them well, there's still a faint hint of licorice, and though I like that scent, I don't use them for anything that I wouldn't want to smell like licorice!

What cast-offs from work have you saved from the trash and put to better use?

Images: Tess Wilson