19 September 2007

How chipmunks help us recycle

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This is what a typical jar of delicious almond butter looks like when what is left behind is too frustrating to remove for practical purposes. Throwing this glass jar in the garbage is a waste of resources, attempting to clean it, on the other hand, is a waste of time and water. Luckily, there are chipmunks in my backyard who are more than willing to clean jars like this while getting their nutrition. So the solution that makes everyone happy is to place the jar near a known chipmunk hang-out, which happens to be under the steps leading down from the deck.

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Here is the same jar 6 days later.

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It was almost sparkling clean except for a few bits of pine needles and a single "example" of what seems to be chipmunk poop.

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The chipmunks are happy and the jar is now ready for the recycling bin.


Cindy said...

A handy hint for those who don't have chipmunks nearby, but do have dogs: Your typical labrador retriever will happily stick his shnozzle in the jar and lick it clean in under 6 minutes!

Anonymous said...

Peanut butter from Whole Food Market - Hey! I'll lick it clean myself!

Brenda said...

Amazing! Thanks for the tip!

Frank Anderson said...

Good thinking. Peanut/almond butter jars are a major pain to clean...why didn't I think of this? Well, our dog is a bit strange, so she probably wouldn't make the effort...but the chipmunks would!