Did you know that 40 billion plastic bottles are produced annually only in America? From this amount only 14% of plastic water bottles are recycled. We all know that recycling plastic bottles is the best solution to reduce the pollution. But just few of us really do that.
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To motivate you, we have made a short list with few interesting things you can do from used plastic bottles. Some of the ideas have a practical uses, some of it are just artistic. You will discover that reusing can be fun, ecological and can help you save some money too.
1. Outside Flowers
This flowers are funny, easy to make and don’t need too much attention. Real flowers are the best, but if you don’t have enough time, this can be a solution. Besides, your window, or your garden, will be colorful anytime.
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2. Hanging planters
This time you can use plastic bottles as a support for your plants. You can use any bottle form you want. As you can see all you have to do is to cut the bottle and attach a wire. Of course, you can paint the bottle in any color you wish.
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3. Modern garden
This idea was implemented in a Brazilian home and it looks really great. It is ideal for small spaces as in the front patio.
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4. Bird feeder
For those who love birds, but nature too, this is a very nice idea. It can be used for a wide variety of birds, if you experiment with different types of birdseed.
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5. Fruit bowl
You can use any PET bottle to create a very attractive and practical container for food. PET is a thermoplastic polymer that can be reformed by heating. After heating this plastic become more stiff and durable. The idea of a perforated bowl is fantastic. The air circulation through the little holes prevents fruit decay and the look is very cool.
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6. Desk storage containers
Plastic bottles are ideal to create storage containers for all kind of desk stuff. For small items you have to cut an inch from the bottom of the bottle. For larger items as pencils you just cut more.
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The bottles bottom are the most used part in creative recycling. The predefined form is ideal for flowers decorations and stars, or Christmas snowflakes.
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Plastic bottles are used as material for some jewellery. The artistic aspect is very often obtained through the heating process. But sewing, painting, cutting are very common too.
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Another interesting utilization of the plastic bottles is making beads. Although it is an easy process this requires many patience. First you have to cut the bottle in many long strips. Color the pieces with permanent markers. With the help of a pair of pliers you roll the strip. Then you heat it. The results are stunning.
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10. Jewellery stand
If you don’t like wearing or making plastic jewellery, you can make a stand for them. It is very easy and modern.
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This idea is also not very hard to accomplish. You have to cut two plastic bottles bottoms. The connection is made with a zipper. The final look is your decision. You can paint or let it transparent.
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What do you think about plastic bottles recycling? What other interesting ideas do you have?
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