Growing up in Australia, I have been ingrained to recycle recycle recycle! There is so much to be said about recycling and its benefits for planet earth. You will find recycling a recurring theme at Baubles + Soles. We believe in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste. What's more, if you return your well-loved and worn soles to our factory, we will recycle them. Shoes that are free from contamination are recycled for use in new Baubles + Soles products. Shoes with contaminants are processed and recycled for use in non-apparel goods. Find out more here.

Recycling is the process of taking a product at the end of its useful life and using all or part of it to make another product. I was dining at the Lincoln Restaurant in Washington DC and was reminded of an age-old but genius idea - finding new uses for old food jars! Whether it's using them as drinking glasses, photo frames or flower vases, the possibilities are limitless! 





  • An oldie but a goodie! Old jars make beautiful flower vases. 

  • Jars filled with candles make beautiful center pieces for the dining table. You can also hang them outdoor as floating chandeliers.

  • Why spend money on water glasses - jars make hardy, stylish alternatives. 

  • In researching for this column, I was blown away by the idea of using jars as photo frames! You can also use them to display vacation memories by filling and labeling jars with mementos from places you’ve visited.

  • Use them for spices and storing other pantry items. Buy some chalkboard paint and chalk and you can label and re-label as often as you like!

  • Martha Stewart shared recently that you can stash small items like sewing kits in clear, cute containers. How adorable!

  • Why buy a piggy bank or money box when you can use an old jar to hold all your spare change?




  1. Fill up a sink or basin with warm soapy water

  2. Soak the jar in the water for 10 minutes

  3. Scrub the label off with a firm bristle dish brush or sponge.

For extremely stubborn glue, I simply dip the jar in boiling water for a few minutes and, taking care with handling the hot jar, scrub the jar again with a soapy dish sponge.


Lets all do our part to reduce landfill and preserve our beautiful planet. Up-cycle away!




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