Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Measuring Cups For All

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A website that catalogs all types of manufactured clear plastic containers. Next to each container type are downloadable printable labels that can be stuck to the side, so that any container can now be a measuring device.
leinypoo13, Nov 21 2009


       The DIY off-line version involves a graduated measuring jug for calibration, a pile of blank labels, and a waterproof pen.
pocmloc, Nov 21 2009

       Maybe printable calories as well for things like milk?
leinypoo13, Nov 21 2009

       And just why, pretel, would I want to measure everything? Not that *not having a problem* is a valid reason for not having a halfbaked solution, mind you, I'm just curious.
blissmiss, Nov 21 2009

       It would be convenient for portion control for anyone who's on a restricted diet.
MechE, Nov 21 2009

       Camping, disposable containers for measuring organics at home (gas, paint thinner, xylene etc), cheap inner city high school science equipment, cook meth at home without alerting the authorities by not ordering tons of lab glassware to your home etc...
leinypoo13, Nov 21 2009

       As most food packaging comes in a limited range of standardized size containers, this is viable. Open the field up to non-plastic containers though - glass jars, bottles, &c
BunsenHoneydew, Nov 22 2009

       I like this a lot + sometimes just eyeballing it doesn't work, this would be a great help.
xandram, Nov 22 2009

       I need this all the time. I'm constantly re-using yogurt and salsa tubs for mixing pigments and sealers, and need a rough but not too rough way to get percentages. Now I use a ruler and sharpie tic marks on the sides, but I'd use these if I could. And don't worry about non-clear containers, light gets through most of them well enough (like cottage cheese tubs: hold them up, light comes right through).   

       In the beverage and food world, catalogs exist that list nearly every off the shelf container for just about anything, put out by the different bottling and packaging manufacturers. It'd be a hell of a job to calibrate them all, but once done, they'd be easy to access through electronic catalog. If you convinced the companies of the value, eventually they'd link each entry to the file, kind of like McMaster Carr does with a lot of cad models of parts they sell.   

       This could really add value to the after-life of a product. Might be easier or cheaper just to urge producers to put graduations on every container in the first place, just to make re-use more useful.
oxen crossing, Nov 25 2009


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