One of my favorite online partnerships is with Chick-fil-A. I love the company’s friendliness and its Christian values. Oh, and its food is pretty good as well 🙂
Recently, the Chick-fil-A moms group I’m part of issued a challenge: take a used, washed, Chick-fil-A salad container, and use it for something else.
Chick-fil-A salads are delicious. If you’ve never tried one, I recommend them. My current favorite is the new Southwest Salad, which comes with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, tortilla strips, chili pepitas (I’d never heard of them, but they’re spicy — and good!). The salads are like something you’d eat at a sit-down restaurant, not what you’d typically expect from a fast-food place.
Chick-Fil-A Salad Container Upcycling
The containers the CFA salads come in are great. I always feel bad if I need to throw one away. They’re substantial, and have sturdy lids too. If nothing else, they are wonderful for storing leftovers or for packaging food to give to someone else.
But upcycling the container in an exciting way? Hmmm. A terrarium came to mind, since I am a plant-lover. However, the container isn’t very deep. I wasn’t sure I had any plants that could thrive in such a shallow space.
Then my teacher side came out and I though of filling the container with uncooked rice. Kids could practice spooning the rice into containers, or could search through it for little treasures hidden among the grains.
But. My girls are all teens, and they’d have little enthusiasm for that. What could I use the container for that would be truly useful for me?
That evening, I was embroidering, and a typical thing happened. Some of my embroidery floss got into a knot. Then an idea began to form …
Why not use the container as a holder for embroidery floss I’m using for a project? The air holes in the lid proved to be just the right size to thread the floss through. The container itself keeps all the floss colors I’m using in one place — no more digging under the couch for a missing skein. And since I’ve been testing this idea, guess what? Not a single tangle!
So, embroiderers of the world, head to Chick-fil-A for lunch soon! And don’t forget to save that salad container.
Do you have any favorite uses for CFA salad containers, or other fast-food containers? I’d love to hear them!