Glass jars are extremely useful when it comes to drinking (and even eating) on the go. They can be kept around the house or apartment and used as drinking glasses, as well. You may have seen people drinking out of vintage-looking mason jars, and wondered what exactly they were doing.
When I first saw people drinking out of mason jars, I wondered where they had found them. I’d seen them on shelves at craft stores, antique stores and even in bulk at The Home Depot. The idea of drinking out of a jar fascinated me. As a person who is always looking for ways to reduce her carbon footprint, I saw this as a clever way to reuse what would otherwise become trash.
Instead of buying a new jar to drink out of, I decided to make use of what I already had. After finishing a glass jar of peanut butter, I soaked it warm water for about a half hour. Then, I rinsed and scrubbed the inside of the jar with soap, making sure that it was free of any remaining peanut butter. After about 45 minutes of work, I had a brand new drinking glass/travel mug.
I recommend using peanut butter or jam jars, because they’re relatively easy to clean out. Don’t use jars from foods with a pungent taste (salsa, pickles) or an excess of oil (mayonnaise).
When using the jar as a travel mug for hot beverages, you’ll want to cover it with a holder so that you don’t burn your hands. If you have an old garment that you don’t wear anymore, turn it into a jar koozie! I cover mine with an old scarf:
Jars are super convenient travel mugs because they come with lids. They can be used for any beverage, hot or cold. If you find yourself rushed in the morning and don’t have time to finish your oatmeal, throw it in the jar!
Drinking out of jars significantly reduces your waste output. With a reusable travel mug, you’re less likely to use paper and plastic cups that they give out at coffee shops. It also saves money. After perfecting my jar, I started drinking my own tea rather than buying it by the cup at the campus coffee shop.
Be creative and decorate your jar however you want, with whatever you want. Enjoy!