Earth Day DIY: 5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Birchbox Samples

April 22 is Earth Day, a holiday that any worldly gent can hopefully appreciate. And if you’re looking to show your planet some love, there’s hardly a shortage of options: You can shop green, eat local, or in the case of our subscribers, use every part of the Birchbox Man buffalo. To lessen the landfill waste this spring, here are 5 clever uses for all your empty bottles and boxes.

1. Make a DIY travel kit

Samples themselves are perfect for travel, but the benefits don’t stop with that last drop of moisturizer. If you buy the full-size version of a product, keep the sample bottle handy, and refill it as needed to stock your travel dopp kit. Any 1 oz. bottle should do the trick: Keep an eye out for samples from Billy Jealousy, Schulz & Malley, Gentleman’s Brand Co., and more. If you’ve saved a fragrance sample, the miniature vials make perfect containers for serum, toner, and face oil.

2.Downsize your deodorant

This principle also applies to deodorant, though the upcycling process takes a little more work. When you’ve used up a sample of lip balm, like the one from Lucky Tiger, give it a five-minute bath in boiling water to clear out any residue. Then, fill it up with your favorite soft deodorant for a compact stick you can take almost anywhere.

3.Organize your workspace

This particular tip applies to the hallowed boxes themselves. Due to their handy drawer format, these babies make perfect organizers for any small objects, from cables and chargers to office supplies. Stack them high as simple storage, or if you’re feeling ambitious, give them a coat of chalkboard paint so that you can label them with ease (props to Birchbox Man Thomas Arce for the tip).

4.Upgrade your camp kitchen

Speaking of storage, the right sample container can make a perfect spice caddy when you’re cooking on the go. The screw-top jars used by Hanz de Fuko and Baxter of California are compact and air-tight, with enough space to store a week’s worth of basil or rosemary. Just wash them thoroughly to avoid extra flavor, and label them with a permanent marker for quick-and-easy access.

5.Trick out your wet bar

If you were lucky enough to score some Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic last month, those handy dropper bottles are worth their weight in gold. Our favorite application: Give the bottle a hearty wash, and fill it with bitters to give your bar setup some extra flair. The dropper makes it easy to add with precision, and you can fill it with anything from store-bought bitters to your very own homemade concoctions.

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