Upcycling items that would otherwise be considered trash is a great way to save money, and develop survival skills all at the same time. For starters, knowing how to creatively repurpose items can put anyone ahead of the game in a survival situation. Second, by upcycling items, they don’t end up in a landfill.
One item that has a variety of applications beyond its original intended use is a plastic milk jug.
The easiest way to repurpose an old milk jug is by simply filling it with water. After emptying the jug the first time, wash it and rinse it out, then fill it up with water in case of an emergency. Be sure to store the jugs of water in a cool, dark place to ensure the water stays drinkable.
Another way to repurpose these versatile jugs is to cut the top half off and pour sand into the bottom half. Place a small candle in the sand. Now you have a weighted light source (less likely to tip over and cause a fire).
If you elect to make a light from the jug, don’t throw away the top half you cut off. Instead, use this part as a funnel. All you need to do is flip it over and take the cap off.
There are several repurposing methods when it comes to plastic jugs, but some require more prep than others. We mentioned using old jugs for storing water; it’s important to know how to store your water correctly for short and long-term scenarios. Now, put all those old jugs to work!
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