green living: alternative and artful uses of cat litter containers

tomato plants in the litter containter

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a green living post. A draft of this one has been sitting in my archives for a good while and since gardening and growing season is upon us, I thought I’d share it with you now.

T. and I are huge fans of repurposing and reusing things we already own. Last Spring, when we planted our garden, we realized that we’d need to plant our tomatoes in pots on our patio. Rather than splurge on new planters for a temporary arrangement, we discovered that empty litter containers provided the perfect alternative. Somewhat unsightly, I’ll give you that, but perfectly sized and wonderfully ecofriendly.

tomato plants in the litter containter Using water from our rain barrel


For the truly artistic out there, you can take the transformation from the mere utilitarian (see my example above) to the artistic (see below). Ute Hagen has given these litter containters a new look and a new purpose as recycling bins:


{*recycle by uteart}

 I’m also a fan of the creative and somewhat irreverant use of litter containers as bicycle panniers:

litter_panniers1 {litter panniers_1 by nelson_ralls}

{untitled by feeloop}


I’m curious – what are household items you reuse and repurpose? What are some of the transformations you’ve done to extend the life of a “throw-away” object? 

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5 Responses to green living: alternative and artful uses of cat litter containers

  1. T. says:

    My husband used cat litter buckets as bicycle panniers for the longest time! Last year he replaced them with official panniers, but nothing beats those cat litter panniers for transporting baseballs and softballs to the park for our children’s team practices.

  2. B says:

    These make great buckets. We save these and use them for our gardening, for carrying water, etc.

  3. Stacy says:

    Our litter container is for compost as well. Brent recently visited a bike shop that used them for spare parts bins. Must forward you that photo. An impressive display.

  4. Rita says:

    All my office organization containers are made from cereal boxes I then decorate with wallpaper or wrapping paper (à la Martha Stewart). I don’t see any reason to buy expensive trays, boxes and organizers when I can make myself exactly what I need, in the pattern that I want, with objects I already own. I have also recently moved from one side of the world to the other (literally) and we’re going to repurpose some of our moving boxes that survived the trip wonderfully. We’ll be using then as storage trunks after decorating them with wallpaper.

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