My mother forwarded an email to me with this charming household tip:
Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in photo.
Now, before you say, “Oh cool” and start mutilating plastic bottles, think of these factors:
1. Time is a resource, too. How long does it take — and many scissors do you ruin — to make these nifty little items?
2. Do you REALLY need it to be watertight? I can think of only a few instances in which that’s actually necessary, and a good ol’ Ziploc bag works just fine. And if you’re really trying to be green/thrifty, you can wash that bag a couple of times (I won’t do that, but I won’t stop you either). If you’re wanting to do this so you can freeze your leftover chicken broth, I will tell you here and now that my mother used to use those little pleated sandwich bags with a twist-em, and they worked just fine. No spillage.
3. Where on earth you store these poor disembodied bottle caps? I don’t know about you, but I prefer the compact size of my tiny box of reused twist-ems!
3. And finally — if you’re environmentally conscious, WHY ARE YOU BUYING BOTTLED WATER IN THE FIRST PLACE??
Oh, and just so you don’t think I’m insulting my mother, who did forward this idea to me, I will quote her addition to the forwarded email: “I think I’d rather just use twist-ties — they don’t take up as much storage space.” Great minds run the same channels.