6/19/12 UPDATE – see below…
Like so many of our generation, our family tries (sometimes winning, sometimes failing) to live A Life Less Plastic.
Little ones remind me why plastic is so popular (and, I must admit, useful). Let’s face it – a plastic tea set may last three lifetimes. Our ceramic set? We’ll be lucky if it makes it through the summer.
Don’t get me started on picnics and birthday parties. Plastic spoons, plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic table clothes. It makes my treehugging-heart ache to see (plastic) garbage bags filled to the brim with once-used heaps of plastic. All those items having spent a nanosecond on earth, before being doomed to hundreds of years in a landfill.
We use a lot of stainless steel around here for our on-the-go bevy’s(Kleen Kanteens and the like), but sometimes, particularly at mealtimes, I want glass – something that can be easily-heated, elegantly-placed and quickly-thrown into the dishwasher at the end of the day.
I had some canning jars laying around and quickly created this…
It worked great, but I realized it needed some tweaking. Assuming I wasn’t the first (brilliant!) person to put a straw into a canning jar, I did some searching. I found some really cute (rather pricey) versions on etsy – which gave me the idea to incorporate a grommet (I ♥ that word…grommet, grommet, grommet…so fun to say, plus it makes me feel incredibly handy). Each grommet cost 40 cents and sealed the opening perfectly.
Easy-peasy to make. I might suggest using a drill (for a cleaner finish), but I made do with a nail, some needle-nose pliers and a hammer.
Great for iced lattes and all-things-sippy-cup…not to mention picnics and birthday parties.
6/19/12 UPDATE: I’ve been using these homemade sippy cups (on a regular basis for the past week or so) and while I LOVE them, the metal lids were beginning to show teeny-tiny signs of rust (yikes!) – so I picked up some plastic storage caps (yes, plastic…sorry). I decided a wee bit of plastic was better than a wee bit of rust. After drilling a quick hole on the top, sliding a new grommet in – viola! Good as new.
‘Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again” – William E. Hickson