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Use Tillamook packaging for leftovers, a flour canister and a flower pot!

There’s a new trend on the streets: upcycling! What is upcycling, you ask? It’s the concept of taking something you are probably going to throw away or recycle and creating something new out of it. Now, we don’t recommend upcycling your yummy Tillamook products (since they’re perishable!), but there are some fun ways to upcycle your Tillamook packaging and containers! I’ve compiled a couple crafty ideas for you here:

• Turn a Tillamook Yogurt cup into a flower pot. I hear painting the container fun colors helps turn a black thumb into a green one, but I can’t promise anything. Don’t forget to cut a few holes in the bottom to let the water drip out!

• Upcycle your Tillamook Ice Cream tub into a container for flour or sugar to keep your baking storage fun and neat.

• Use a Tillamook Sour Cream container to pack your leftovers – great for bringing lunch to work!

• Take a Tillamook Baby Loaf label, glue it to a piece of cardboard and cut it into pieces to make a cheesy puzzle.

• Or, cut up Baby Loaf label pieces and hodgepodge them to a jar to make stained glass! Adds a nice orange glow if you put a candle inside.

• Pack up Legos or game pieces in a Sour Cream container – you can paint the outside to help identify the contents!

• Take Tillamook to the office! Turn a yogurt cup into a taste-inspiring pen holder.

Do you have any fun craft ideas using Tillamook packaging?

– Katie of the Tillamook Team


Cynthia Spurling

Whatever you do, do not change the packaging for you blocks of cheese. I love your cheese but I live alone. The smaller packages are a lot more expensive in the long run. The way it is packaged now, the cheese lasts and doesn't mildew.

January 19th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Kirsten Machado

It seems back in the 70s upcycling was the thing to do, although it probably didn't have that term. It's nice to see this concept still exists. I could take a juice can and turn it into a pencil holder. Your ideas are good, too. You could reuse the yogurt cups for water/paint containers while painting, whether it be for artistic or renovative purposes.

January 19th, 2012 at 2:33 pm


Do you sell the hapanaro cheese in the Boise Idaho area

January 19th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi there, Anthony. Thanks for your question. Stores decide which flavors they sell so you'd need to check around to see if anyone in your area carries it. Because that's one of our more unique flavors, it's most likely it would be sold in the specialty cheese departments. Here is a list of stores in your area that should carry Tillamook Cheese products. I hope this is helpful!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

January 20th, 2012 at 9:14 am

Tillamook Team

Great ideas Kirsten! I think we should join together to bring upcycling back! It makes for great projects to entertain kids, too. Thanks for your comment!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

January 20th, 2012 at 9:15 am

Tillamook Team

I'll make sure to pass your request along, Cynthia! I'm glad you're happy with the Baby Loaf packaging. When I lived alone, going through a whole block did take a while, so I understand where you're coming from. Thanks for dropping us a note!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

January 20th, 2012 at 9:16 am


What is the best way to store the 2# baby loafs of Tillamook cheese where you can get the longest shelf life possible?

November 28th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Julie,
That's a great question! Tillamook Cheese should be stored in the fridge in its original package. Once opened, it should be stored in a plastic airtight bag. Here's some more detailed information that might be helpful:
I hope this answers your question!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

November 29th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Jane Schue

where can I get ice cream tubs for watering trees in Portland? Thank you. Jane schue 503.231.1858

June 16th, 2015 at 8:33 am

Tillamook Team

Hi Jane,
Thanks for asking, we love that you want to use our 3 gallon empties to water Portland trees :) You can purchase the 3 gallon tubs at The Cheese Factory for $0.75 each. Think you'll be able to make it out to Tillamook to pick a few up? If not, let us know and we might be able to help.

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

June 16th, 2015 at 2:24 pm


Hi, are the yogurt containers recyclable in general? Thanks. You have some good ideas here.

March 13th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Tillamook Team

Hi Nika,

Thanks for reaching out and for your question! You'll be happy to know that plastic Tillamook Yogurt containers are recyclable. If you don’t have recycling collection at your home, here is a link to help you find recycling centers near you: I hope this is helpful!

All the best,

Jackie, of the Tillamook Team

March 14th, 2016 at 9:01 am


Thank you Tillamook! I just finished eating an Oregon Raspberry yogurt and realized I didn't know if I could recycle it or not. I Google searched my results which brought me to this community page. I AM happy to know I can recycle it! I'm happy to contribute to recycling when I can, and I always appreciate businesses that make it easier to help the environment!

June 24th, 2016 at 12:28 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for taking the time to check and see if our containers are recyclable! We are always looking for ways to reduce our footprint and do our part to take care of the environment. Thanks for helping us do so, and for supporting us in our mission to make the world tastier as sustainably as possible!
All the best,
Sierra, of the Tillamook team

June 27th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Honora Wolfe

This is good as far as it goes, but how many pencil holders or plastic flower pots does one need? This does not solve the problem that plastic is poorly recycled...only really can be reused/down-cycled once and then ends up in the landfill. I'd love to see some great company come up with cellulose packages that dissolves in the land fill instead out-gasing for centuries. I am no longer purchasing your shredded cheese for just this reason...the big blocks have slightly less plastic impact. Plastic really breaks my heart and it's pervasive, even with good companies like yours.

January 1st, 2017 at 4:03 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Honora,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! I'm sorry to hear you are disappointed with our current cheese packaging. Our current packages help prevent mold, moisture loss, and bacterial contamination that could cause food-borne illnesses. That being said, one of our top priorities is being good stewards of the land that we rely on so we are always looking for ways to conserve our natural resources and reduce waste. I don't know of any immediate plans to use a different packaging, but I will certainly forward the request to our Packaging and Sustainability teams so they know this is a concern for our consumers. Thank you for taking the time to share your voice.


Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 4th, 2017 at 9:03 am


Great blog- can you tell me whether your 1.75 qt ice cream containers are compostable? Are they plastic coated or wax coated?

April 21st, 2018 at 12:25 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Ed,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Our ice cream containers are unfortunately not compostable because they are wax lined. The wax helps keep the ice cream from sticking to the carton and protects the cardboard container from moisture so it doesn't get soggy and is more durable.

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 23rd, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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