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Smarter storage - the clear choice

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Banish plastic from your pantry with these cleverly labelled containers.

Markable lids for glass jars
DIY with Resene

Glass jars are washable, inert, non-absorbent and see-though making them perfect for storing food. Use waterborne Resene Blackboard Paint to turn upcycled jars into handy reusable storage vessels. Collect jars that are the same size or use an assortment of different sizes.

To remove any remaining sticky bits from labels from the jars, mix together equal amounts of baking soda and cooking oil. Rub on and leave for 30 minutes and then scrub off with steel wool.

You will need: Clean jars with sealable lids and the labels soaked off, a small paintbrush, medium sandpaper, chalk, sharp knife and Resene Blackboard Paint.

Resene Blackboard Paint is a premium waterborne product that creates a hardwearing blackboard coating. And it doesn't have to be black! Visit your local Resene ColorShop to choose from a range of colours tinted into Resene Chalkboard Paint.

Glass food storage containers

Step by step

Step 1: Use the sandpaper to give the jar lid a light buffing.

Step 2: Wipe the lid clean and give it an even coating of Resene Blackboard Paint. Allow this to fully dry.

Step 3: Sharpen one end of a chalk stick with a knife and write labels on the lids. Use a soft cloth to remove chalk residue.

Painting the lid with Resene Blackboard Paint

Painting the lids with blackboard paint
Labelling the lids

Four reasons to store food in glass...

  • Glass is non porous. Unlike plastic, glass’s chemically inert surface does not absorb dyes or colours. You can store strong or colourful spices and it will not stain the glass or transfer any flavour to it. Plus, the nonporous surface of glass is more hygenic and can be washed at high temperatures.

  • Upcycling glass is good for the planet. Reusing hard-wearing glass jars rather than buying more plastic helps to reduce landfill. It also saves energy on plastic’s inefficient recycling process.

  • Glass is practical. Storing ingredients in transparent glass means you can see at a glance what is in the jar. This is handy before shopping to quickly see what you need to top up.

  • Glass looks great. Glass has a timeless look and adds a touch of classic style to any kitchen pantry

Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick. 2019

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