Plastic storage jars with lids to store dry foods are sold in stores for say an average of $ 5.00ea.. Stores also sell foods and other items in plastic containers which come in a multitude of shapes and sizes; of course we pay for them.
We can however direct these containers to personal use rather than recycle.
At Costco one can find very nice large plastic jars that usually contain biscotti. The biscotti do no justice to the real biscotti but these wide mouth plastic jars are very nice and can hold, depending the family size, large amounts of say flour, sugar, rice and so on.
Costco also has octagonal and almost oval jars that work very well to hold pastas, trail mix, jelly beans and the like. Lids come in a variety of colors.
Potato chips will stay fresh but cereal in its beauty may be a little more critical. Costco sells chocolates and jelly beans in these plastic candy jars at Christmas time.
Next size down, Target sells items such as caramel popcorn in tall round clear plastic jars which are perfect for spaghetti and fettuccine. Their lids are aluminum and they look nice.
The Kraft Parmesan cheese jars can be very handy for smaller quantities needing storage such as sour gummy bears and worms on the go, pastina, polenta and so on.
They also work very well to hold and sprinkle Miracle Grow to plants.
Spices sold in the Mrs. Dash brand jars with their colorful lids are small and elegant as well as hold smaller items such as in the crafts world or in the garage.
Use them also to store the different kinds of beach sands you encounter on your vacations.
What about the labels? Some labels are water soluble but most will come off easily with paint thinner.
When searching for an item, cupboards with clear plastic jars can be visually scanned at once and render an elegant and organized look. Lids are usually standard in size and interchangeable allowing color coordination if desired.
Plastic storage jars will also allow you to fit more in the cupboards since product packaging comes in all different awkward sizes that do not relate to one another and therefore rob space.