Milk crates are one object we don’t have to worry about showing up in a landfill anytime soon. The plastic cubes are the perfect multi-use, modular design solution. For the most part, they’re a uniform size, and can be used as a building block of a structure or as storage containers. Milk crates can usually be found for free, and are nicely sturdy due to their former life as protectors of precious milk cartons. The possibilities are endless.

The milk crate chandelier seen above is one of many ingenious uses of the humble shipping container. Check out Milkcrate Digest for a more in depth look at “the milk crate lifestyle”.

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