DIY Bright Kitchen Containers

Have you ever headed out to enjoy nature only to discover a bottle bobbing in the ocean or a crumpled plastic bag on the side of the road? In the U.S. especially, we tend to consume and throw away a lot. According to The Story of Stuff, if everyone in the world consumed on the same level as Americans, we would need three to five earths just to keep up!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that each person in the United States makes 4.5 pounds of garbage every day. That’s twice what we each made thirty years ago!

One of the best ways to make sure resources aren’t being wasted is to reuse items that you already have. The EPA encourages us to reuse what we have because it:

-Reduces waste sent to landfills

-Allows products to be used to their fullest potential

-Saves money

-Prevents pollution caused by harvesting raw materials to make a new product

-Reduces energy and greenhouse gas emissions needed to make new products

Recently, we upcycled our ALOHA tins with some fun arts and crafts in the office. Upcycling is when you make something into a higher use than it was originally intended, like using your old t-shirts to make a quilt or turning thrift store finds into new furniture for your home. Our tins are intended to be a beautiful and recyclable way to store your protein, but there is no reason why they can’t store other items when you’ve gone through your stash.

According to a study done by UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs and the Worldwatch Institute, 70 garbage cans worth of waste are generated for every one garbage can of waste you put out on the curb.

Hopefully we are saving 140 tins worth of garbage by making our own storage tin instead of buying one new!

Here’s how we did it:

Supplies needed


Spray Paint

Cabinet Knob

Screw Nut




  1. Rinse out your empty tin. Make sure to remove any adhesive on the surface.

  2. We used sandpaper to rough-up the surface a little. It helps the paint stick.

  3. Use your drill to make a hole in the top and secure your knob using the screw and screw nut.

  4. Put down some newspaper and paint your tin using the spray paint color of your choice. You can do a couple of layers to enhance the color.

  5. Decorate. You can add chalkboard stickers, stencils, or whatever else you have lying around.