What’s in Your Fridge?

No this isn’t a blogger addition of Cribs where I share every single thing I have in my fridge including brands that I endorse for millions of dollars. This is the addition of what’s recyclable in my fridge? Do I pass the green test? Is my Fridge Green? And for that matter what’s considered green? Paper? Plastic? Neither?

I was given the task to look through my fridge and see what was stored in a carton. I was excited to do this for two reasons

1) It would motivate me to finally clean my fridge from head to toe and

2) I could see if my fridge was passing the green test

So what did I find? Check it out for yourself:


1. One thing I noticed right away is that we get way too many condiments when we get fast food and it just piles up in our fridge, to the best of my knowledge you can’t recycle it. We need to stop getting them especially if we’re just heading home. We have plenty of condiments on our own.

2. Most of our condiments are in plastic or glass storage. We recycle both.

3. Finally found something that’s store in paper/carton our frosting jars.

4. Found something else! Chicken stock!


1. First we usually don’t carry soda but when we do it always tends to be cans which we recycle, same with B’s beers.

2. We usually by our milk in gallon containers but after learning more about cartons I think I want to switch over to the smaller size. Because Mason doesn’t drink much milk and B is lactose intolerant it’s totally possible. Basically the milk being in the carton can help prolong its life and protect its nutrients.

3. The dreaded Styrofoam. Our neighbors made us a hot plate and gave it to us in that. The green person in me is ashamed that I have this in my fridge.

4. Eggs. Yes that’s a lot of eggs and we always try to buy it in carton containers instead of Styrofoam.

5. Our veggies usually come wrapped in plastic, unless we go to the farmer’s market like me did yesterday morning, in which case I bring a reusable bag.

Turns out I don’t have very many items that use cartons. Which for me personally in my area may be a good thing since according to Recycle Cartons Harrisonburg doesn’t recycle cartons. Which I didn’t realize since when we do use cartons we recycle it. Head on over to Recycle Cartons to see if you can recycle cartons near you. If you can it may be a better option for your family and the environment.

Cartons are made from trees harvested from responsibly managed forests and when recycled they can be reused and turned into other paper products like office paper and tissues. I love this infographic at Chose Cartons that helps explains the carton process and why it’s important to chose cartons when given the choice.

You can learn more about Cartons and why they may be the better choice for your family by visiting the Choose Cartons Facebook or their Twitter account. You can also help Habitat for Humanity by tweeting a carton fact using the hashtag #choosecartons.

Here’s a few tweets you can use to help donate:

Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling @ChooseCartons #Choosecartons http://bit.ly/KtRGy7

70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests @ChooseCartons #ChooseCartons http://bit.ly/KtRGy7

Packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. @ChooseCartons #ChooseCartons http://bit.ly/KtRGy7



Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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  1. says

    Hey! Our tiny little town DOES have carton recycling! I’m impressed and happy to know now, thanks for sharing this resource. We’re a fairly “green” family so I’m a little ashamed to admit I didn’t know this!

  2. Tamara says

    We’re living in an apartment right now and there isn’t any recycling offered… and I hate it! I’m so used to recycling everything that I possibly can. It makes me crazy throwing stuff away that I know shouldn’t be. But, when we were living in a house we had curbside recycling and any cartons or cardboard were fine to be recycled (along with glass and aluminum.) I miss it!

  3. says

    This is going to sound horrible but we don’t recycle. There is a stream-lined trash service in this area and they separate the items that can be recycled at their facility. They are more effective at than we could ever be and from what I am told 95% of the trash processed there is recycled! Amazing, huh?

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