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15 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles

By : | 9 Comments | On : March 12, 2013 | Category : Tips


No matter how much we try to avoid plastic, we seem to always end up with at least one or two plastic bottles in our recycle bin. Sometime it’s a juice bottle, sometimes it held dish or laundry soap.

But, what about recycling plastic?

If you can’t avoid plastic, you can at least feel good about tossing that bottle in the recycle bin, right? Well…yes and no.

The trouble with plastic recycling is that it’s very inefficient. When you recycle plastic, you always end up with a lower-grade plastic. It’s more like downcycling than recycling. That’s why reusing your plastic is so important, if you can’t avoid the stuff. That trip to the recycle center extends plastic’s life, but it’s still landfill bound eventually, where it won’t break down for centuries. No good at all!

Rather than send your used plastic bottles through the waste stream, you can reuse plastic bottles in all sorts of fun, crafty ways! Here are some ideas to get you started.

You can use your crafty skills to repurpose those plastic bottles into cute home and garden accessories. From lighting to window treatments, there are lots of cute ways to divert that waste from the bin!

1. Make plastic bottle lights. You can whip up a string of plastic bottle lights, like in the photo above. Just use a small drill bit to drill holes in the bottoms of the bottles, stick an LED Christmas light through each one, and hang! If you need to make it more secure, you can use a little hot glue to hold the bottles in place.

2. Create a chandelier. Got a big stash of empty bottles? Over at Dollar Store Crafts, Heather shows you how to turn them into a chandelier!

3. Upcycled vases. Wrap those empty bottles up and turn them into sweet vases for the table. You can use raffia, like she did at Zakka Life, or try cutting up scrap fabric into super skinny strips to up the recycled content even more.

4. Make a milk jug shade. If you have some plastic jugs handy, you can cut them up to create a mod window shade. Check out how over at Mother Earth News.

5. Whip up a hummingbird feeder. Turn an old juice jug into a homemade hummingbird feeder in a few simple steps!

6. Grow some food. Mike at Urban Organic Gardener shows you how to transform old plastic bottles into upside down herb planters.

7. Bottle purses. The bottoms of those two-liter soda bottles are perfect for making little clam shell purses. How sweet!

8. A repurposed ghost. Save an old juice jug, and this Halloween, you can transform it into a spooky (but very cute!) ghost.

9. Make an Easter basket. Instead of plastic Easter grass, you can use shredded paper from the recycle bin.

10. Amuse the wee ones. Turn an old plastic bottle into a discovery bottle to keep your kiddos occupied. They can even help fill the bottles up!

11. Get organized. Over at CRAFT, you can learn how to turn empty milk jugs into a craft supply organizing station.

Don’t forget those bottle caps! You can’t recycled them in most cities, but you can reuse them in all kinds of fun craft projects. Here are just a few.

12. Bottle cap art. Get inspired! You can create your own rubbish rainbow by collecting plastic bottle caps. Just grab your hot glue gun and arrange them artfully on a painted piece of scrap cardboard.

13. Make pincushions. How sweet are these miniature pincushions made from reclaimed plastic bottle caps?

14. Spin it! Get the kids, and spend a crafternoon turning old plastic bottle caps into tops that really spin.

15. Bottle cap ladybugs. This is another fun one to do with kids. Get crafty, and transform reclaimed plastic bottle caps into cute little ladybug toys.

I bet that you guys have done some cool craft projects with reclaimed plastic bottles or plastic bottle caps, so spill it! What’s your favorite way to reuse plastic bottles?


source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-reuse-plastic-bottles.html?page=1

  1. posted by xiM Clutch on Mar 18, 2013

    and is it okay to re-use it for drinking purposes?

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  3. posted by Mc L on Mar 19, 2013

    What can i do locally to slow or reverse the process of global warming?
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  4. posted by MentallyCryppled on Mar 20, 2013

    please…some logical and good ideas

  5. posted by ericmreitz on Mar 21, 2013

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  6. posted by Xbox360king on Mar 21, 2013

    Global Warming

    Global Warming is a growing increase in the planets temperatures. A way to stop it is if we can get more people to recycle. Tons of recyclable items are taken to landfills, and flattened to make more room for other trash and recyclables.
    A lot of animal’s habitats are disappearing because of global warming. Global warming also causes glaciers to melt. Why would anyone want that to happen? That’s why it’s a very important issue, and there are many ways to help!
    Another way you can stop global warming is to reuse your shopping bag, instead of using a disposable one that you throw away when you’re done with it. It saves energy and waste. If more of us could just take the time to put a plastic water bottle, or paper to the recycling bin, instead of throwing it in the trash, maybe global warming wouldn’t be this bad.
    Maybe people could go plant a tree. It will reduce your bill for air conditioning by 10 to 15%.Also using earthle or blackle instead of google saves energy. You can also take showers instead of baths, because baths take up more gallons of water than a shower does. Another way is to cut of the water while you’re brushing your teeth. These are all great ways to save the earth and global warming. Try it!
    All of this is why I think it is the biggest issue. I also told ways to help! Global warming is important and we all can help stop it. Look at all of these ways. There are plenty more out there for us to discover. So why not help out now?

    Indentions don’t work on Yahoo Answers.
    Global Warming is a growing increase in the planets temperatures. A way to stop it is if we can get more people to recycle. Tons of recyclable items are taken to landfills, and flattened to make more room for other trash and recyclables. It is caused by pollution from factories, the burning of coal, and many other things.

  7. posted by Terrence on Mar 25, 2013

    i recycle, buy from farm markets, and use reusable bottles what else can i do that is BOTH good for me and the environment

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