Here’s what to do with your empty tubs of moisturizer instead of throwing them away


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Now that it’s freezing cold outside—the season of super-dry, flaky skin!—you’re probably flying through tubs of moisturizer like crazy. Instead of letting those empty tubs build up in your recycling bin, repurpose them by turning them into DIY recycled plant pots.

The idea gives new life to an empty tub of moisturizer. For example, the container for one of our favorite products, derm-approved CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, easily transforms into a chic plant pot that’s the perfect size for succulents and little cacti. All you need to do is remove the lid, cut off the top of the tub where the screw lines are (it’s plastic, so you can do it carefully with scissors). Then, use sandpaper to smooth it out. Next, drill a hole in the bottom so your plant doesn’t get waterlogged. It’s that easy.

Turned a moisturizer tub into a succulent bowl. Cut off the top and drilled a drain hole at the bottom. 5 minute DIY project from r/houseplants

Countless beauty products come in perfect plant-sized plastic or glass containers. Just think about all possibilities among the numerous face masks and body scrubs in your bathroom that are almost empty. You can also keep your new repurposed pots as is, or give them an upgrade with a little paint.

Think of your DIY recycled plant pots as a reward you get every time you finish a product. For keeping your skin healthy, you get to gift yourself a new houseplant and help save the planet in the process. It’s a win-win-win.

There are so many other ways to repurpose items in your home, too, from turning empty candle vessels into coffee mugs to totally revamping your old clothes in minutes.

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