“Instead of crying over spilt milk, I like to collect these milk bottles and milk [them] by growing fruits and vegetables in them,” Self Sufficient Me (@selfsufficientme) informed his 209,000 followers.
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He demonstrated how he cuts out the top of the milk bottle but keeps the handle, then drills a hole in the bottom for water to escape through, fills the bottle with soil and potting mix, sows seeds, and waits for the magic to happen.
The end result of the video is some tasty-looking strawberries. “Once done … enjoy the fruits of your labor,” the content creator jokes.
How it’s helping
The transportation of produce accounts for over 1 billion tons of planet-overheating pollution per year, according to one study. It also produces an enormous amount of plastic waste in the form of packaging.
Growing your own produce, on the other hand, allows you to get fresh, chemical-free fruits and vegetables without contributing to either of those problems — and it can save you money at the same time, if you plan well.
In addition, studies have found that people who garden are, on average, happier and more optimistic than those who don’t. One study conducted in Singapore found that participating in community gardens has “mental health benefits in urban environments, specifically in terms of subjective well-being and resilience.”
You don’t need a lot of land or space to grow your own food, as this milk container hack shows.
What everybody’s saying
TikTok commenters were excited to try the method for themselves.
“Great tip I did this for my tomato plants last year,” one commenter wrote.
“Great idea,” wrote another.
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