How can I reuse or recycle a baby’s sippy cup?

Sippy cupHelms has asked:

How can I recycle my baby’s sippy cup? The no-spill cups that young children use before learning to drink out of a “grown up’s” cup.

Well, whenever I see those cups, I always wipe at the Ribena down my tshirt and think “I should get one of those!” – so that’s one answer: give them to clumsy adults ;)

Aside from that, if they’re still in a good condition then I’m sure they’d be welcomed by charity shops – or organisations like the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), which have “nearly new” sales for new parents to pick up bargains.

As for actual recycling, it would depend on what they’re made out of. Most I’ve seen are plastic and if it’s obvious what type of plastic they’re made from, then you might be able to recycle them with your normal plastic waste. Searching around now though, I see that there is also a growing trend to have them made from stainless steel with plastic handles – and mixed material items can a nightmare to recycle.

Any other suggestions?

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3 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle a baby’s sippy cup?”

  1. Alice says:

    Would be good for grown-ups to drink tea from on the allotment – I always manage to drop bits of soil etc in my tea! Also for camping etc as it wouldn’t matter if it fell over.

    Might also be good for watering seedlings, as pouring water over them can knock them over. These might restrict the flow to a trickle, which is just what’s needed.

  2. Amy says:

    Actually, you weren’t too far off with the “clumsy adults” comment. Check with local senior citizen residences. Many seniors develop a shaky grasp as they age and the sippy cups with handles on both sides are wonderful for them to use (as long as they’re not too childish-looking). This is a great use for the new stainless steel cups too!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Turn it into tape, ribbon, yarn or thread dispenser. Just place those items inside with the edge sticking out of the nose.

    Also, it is good for sprinkling glitter without much mess.

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