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11-07-2007, 10:35 PM
I just found out a month ago that I have Hypothyrodism. It is not at all uncommon, it is just uncommon in women my age (24). All it really means is that I'll have to take a synthetic homone pill for the rest of my life. I've taken my first month's dosage, and now I have this empty little bottle that is not recycleable and the pharmacy will not take it back to reuse it. I'm starting to feel really bad about throwing one of these away every month for the rest of my life. So, I'm turning to you guys for advise on what to do with them.

So far I haven't come up with anything in my house to store in them. I don't do bead work or anything. My hobbies are knitting and coloring and neither of those have little small things that need to be stored and protected. Do you guys have any ideas? Or do you know of organizations or places that collect them for any reason?

11-07-2007, 10:44 PM
You could use them as the centers of balls of yarn. Roll the yarn around it to make it easier to start rolling the yarn into a ball. Other than that, you could use them to store darning needles or stitch markers, safety pins or point protectors. Good luck!

11-08-2007, 12:08 AM
Is there a church mission group that would use them?

I made "rattles" for the kids out of pill bottles. I just put popcorn in them and since they were child-proof, I never had to worry about them getting into them. If I was ambitious, I'd put stickers to make them pretty, but most weren't.

I think they'd be great for traveling if nothing else...


Becky Morgan
11-08-2007, 12:38 AM
Or do what we used to with baby bottles: glue the caps to the underside of a shelf and hang the bottles from them (lightweight craft supplies only unless you like strange crashing noises at midnight when the jar of bolts lets go unexpectedly.)

All three of my sisters have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, my mom had it, and I either do or will--haven't got this year's blood work back yet. Synthroid is a Godsend. I hope you empty many, many of those little orange bottles over the course of a long life.

11-08-2007, 12:45 AM
My mom uses them for jewelry storage and when she travels she puts her "travel jewelry" in one of them.

11-08-2007, 08:40 AM
Save them up and donate them to an art teacher at an elementary school- or lower grade elementary teachers-- trust me- they'll find a use for them. :D

I put earrings in them when I travel too.

11-08-2007, 09:04 AM
A church I went to once collected the large size pill bottles and as a Sunday School project the kids made "Versamins" for gifts. They were scriptures printed on slips of paper and you were suppoed to "take one a day".

11-08-2007, 09:25 AM
Like you, I have to take thyroid meds. I keep beads in my "little" bottle collection. They are also good for knitting odds and ends--stitch markers, tapestry needles, etc. Anything I don't want my dog to get hold of.

11-08-2007, 10:16 AM
I bet preschools could use them!

11-08-2007, 12:01 PM
Thank you guys for all the suggestions! I've been finding a few more uses for them, but I probably won't use a year's worth. I'll check with my local schools and their art departments. Those are great ideas! Keep em coming

11-08-2007, 01:43 PM
My mom goes through at least 10 little and big orange bottles a month. o_O It turned out that my dentist (and her husband) also are nutritionists on the side and regularly donate daily vitamins and supplements to the homeless. They love to reuse the bottles because it allows them to divide and give a set of pills to an individual (enough to last for a few weeks) rather than just dropping a whole bunch of pills at a shelter where it may or may not be distributed evenly.
Now we regularly give my dentists bags full of empty bottles where before my mom just tossed them. They really appreciate it and make good use out of them. =)
Maybe you can find someone who does similar work.

11-08-2007, 02:55 PM
A friend of mine gets a bunch of these every month, and is a regular pharmacopia, and he's also a chess enthusiast, so he got the bright idea to make chess pieces out of the bottles and sell them.

11-08-2007, 03:56 PM
I have the exact condition and was 27 when they diognosed me with it. It has taken the last 3 years to stabalize it. I used it go in every 2 months and get my blood taken and then the doctor would readjust my meds. This last time I went in nothing had changed so I got my first 6 month prescription. This runs in my family my mom, grandma, and aunt all have it. I'm sure it is just a matter of time for my sister. I use the bottles for holding my stitch markers, and my thread needles, recently we used a bottle to put my sons tooth in for the tooth fairy. My bottles are blue.