How can I reuse or recycle … foam pizza/garlic bread bases?

Foam baseThere’s something about the combination of garlic, parmesan and salt on flat garlic breads that I absolutely love. I think it might be the cheese and the salt – and perhaps the garlic.

Because we don’t always have time to make our own, we have either a flat garlic bread or a frozen pizza about once a month – but they’re packaging nightmares: the bread/pizza sits on top of a round foam base, covered in shrink-wrapped plastic and in a cardboard box.

The cardboard can be recycled but the plastic and foam not so much. Any ideas for reusing the foam bases?

(If you’re not familiar with them, they’re flat, round discs about 25cm (10″) in diameter – but bigger ones are used for bigger, fresh pizzas. The foam is about 4mm thick (1/8th of an inch) and not bendy – it snaps rather than bends. Ours also usually have a slight (ahem) garlicky odour which might impact the uses.)

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14 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … foam pizza/garlic bread bases?”

  1. Mea says:

    You could wash them to remove as much of a garlic smell as possible then cut stencils out of them.

  2. Maz says:

    You can make printing plates from them. Press your design into them with a biro or pencil then ink/paint them up and print away! I’ve also used joss sticks to burn patterns into them and then use to print. If you’re into arty things you could also cut them up and use as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).

  3. If you can wash them and remove the garlic smell, can you re-use the base as a cake holder? Maybe it can be used for putting underneath the pots to soak up more water…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Could you use them as disposible plates for a picnic or camping holiday.
    I know it is slighly wastefull but they have had 2 uses out of them then.
    also usefull to make less to take home afterwards.

    or a stand for pot plants.
    or to line waste bins to stop the yukky tissues sticking to the bottom.
    or if you can get rid of the smell place mats or cut into coasters???

  5. Katz says:

    Find your local Art Centre or some charity art group. I am an artist and I think these would make a rather unusual and funky canvas for oil/acrylic paintings! Also – if you collect these in different shapes and colours – you can stick the smaller ones on the top of the big ones and make a funky wall decorations – who needs wallpaper!

  6. nelly says:

    you could get yarn and a fat needle to sew through the foam nd make art out of it

  7. Sarah Murrin says:

    When my little sister was learning to tell the time, I made a pretend clock for her out of a pizza base. Perhaps your local school could get their children to make clocks, or they could use them in arts and craft.

  8. sara says:

    you can use them as table mats or maybe cool wall decorations

  9. Gulia says:

    Cut a circle in the middle . Use the brim for Halloween hat.
    All you have to do is to add a paper or fabric cone on top.

  10. Gulia says:

    Turn it into a picture of a ball. Good for boy’s room.

    Use for working with clay.

    Cut out the brim, decorate as a wreath.

    Cut out the silhouettes, hang on a wall.

  11. geoff bradley says:

    You could always use them to plug up those ugly holes down at the landfill site?

  12. Uluska says:

    Play Frisbee.

  13. Olia says:

    Use as backing for round picture or mirror.

  14. Mark says:


    I just stumbled on your question. If you look here

    I’ve done a load of designs for funky aircraft that use exactly that base. I had a few myself and tried to come up with something that flew, it would be a great sunday afternoon project if you’ve got kids (or even if you haven’t :)). Mostly they need weight at the front to glide, I would use White Tack or similar. The flatter they are the better, but you can try them and see.

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