Top 10 Reasons to Hate Juice Packs, Recycle Plastic Bottles

Recycle Plastic Bottles for Lunch

Recycle Kid's Trash to Ease Mommy Woes. Hate Juice Packs? We're always looking for new ways to recycle plastic bottles. The juice pack mess really sparked this idea. How do you teach your kids to recycle? Enjoy!

Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles
How do you teach your kids to recycle? 

Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles

Here are 10 reasons to hate juice packs:

1.  Straw wrappers. Everywhere.
2.  "Mommy, I can't get a straw in here!" (But they want to, try really hard, and squeeze juice everywhere.)
3.  Little dots of juice turned dirt magnets on the carpet. Everywhere.
4.  One box takes up a lot of fridge room and only lasts one day. Expensive, considering.
5.  Pouches in landfills. Everywhere.
6.  Half-full pouch tossed in trash because kids too lazy too squeeze out last drop.
7.  "I don't like Kiwi Strawberry." "I don't like lemonade." "Wah!" (Complaints)
8.  "Look, it's a volcano!" Everywhere.
9.  Added sugar.
10. Instant Balloon toys, need I say more?

Recycle mini-soda bottles, fill with healthy drinks of your choice or even Kool-aid. Saves money, the environment, and Mommy headaches. 

Recycle Kid's Soda Bottles IPO Juice Packs
Reuse Plastic Bottles: Kid's choose their favorite flavor and reseal for later.

Top 10 reasons to HATE juice packs: Reuse Mini Plastic Bottles, Recycle Ideas for kids
Store recycled mini-plastic bottles in the bottom of fridge door for easy access: 
Allows for preschooler independence!

Of course, water bottles work too; maybe try it for lazy grown-ups or portion control.

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Lora Langston
Lora Langston

Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.


  1. Would you have ever thought pre-kids that you would even been thinking about juice boxes or the things we mothers do? Oh, the funny little quirks we notice. I am happy you have found your just-right solution for those juice boxes that irk you! It looks like your recycled bottles are working dandy for your family! If you love your bottles, you may also like 8oz Kleen Kanteen stainless steel reusable ones too!

  2. I'll check those bottles out! Never thought I could dislike a juice pouch so much :-)

  3. I like to reuse little water bottles that have the twist to open feature. :)

  4. Maybe even label the bottles with a sticker (ex. bottles with a red dot, or red sticker is lemonaid, bottles with a blue dot or sticker is fruit punch)...... just an idea,....but love the bottle idea. I do this alot with my daughter at home so she can pick out what she wants to drink, and i dont even have to pour her drink for her!

  5. Yes! We love those animal shaped bottles from the gas station. Another tip, if you write on them with permanent marker it comes off in the dishwasher. We do this with the lid of our Tupperware pitcher Diabetic Daddy knows which is sugar-free.

  6. We also try to limit juice boxes. But right now we are packing for a beach trip, and I just bought a bunch. I'm sure there will be straw wrappers everywhere!

  7. We've never used juice pouches, but your reasons are enough to make sure we never do! :) We also use reusable bottles like Klean Kanteen.

  8. Love it - pinning it on my Recycle! Kids Activities & Art.

  9. I'm with Adrienne (Iowa Farmer's Wife) in trying to just go with reusable bottles - but occasionally, we go the juice box route and I have the same complaints as you!

  10. Great idea. I like the way your solution creates independence.

  11. Please don't reuse single-serving plastic bottles. Buy a few that are meant to be reused.

  12. Heather, thanks for the comment. It would be nice if you coudl share why. My mother talks about germs from people not washing them out, however we do that so I searched and found this:
    Everything is a choice and BPA is in everything these days. We do not use hot water, put them in the dishwasher or microwave them. We rinse out with soap and warm water and a bottle brush as necessary. And, we don't keep them forever always recyling with newer versions. Please feel free to share you concerns here or on our Facebook page Kids Creative Chaos

  13. I read your blogs regularly. Your humoristic way is amusing, continue the good work!
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  14. Putting your juicer on the counter and not hidden in a cabinet is a great idea. Keeping your juicer in sight will also keep it in mind, making you more likely to use it. If you make sure you always see it, you are far more likely to use it often.cold pressed juice machine india


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