If there’s one thing you probably have around the house at any given moment, it’s plastic bottles. They come in the form of shampoo and conditioner, lotion, and water bottles, and they almost always get tossed in recycling or the trash.
But there are so many other ways to repurpose plastic bottles that keep them from going into a dump. If you’re concerned about whether or not your recycling is actually helping the planet, consider using one of these tips to do something brand new with your plastic bottles.
Create Party Decorations
If you have clear plastic water bottles, simply cut them into strips and color them with a highlighter or some other kind of marker. The spirals make a beautiful color that reflects in the lights and can hang from the ceiling like streamers.
The colors add more design to these otherwise reflective reusable streamers.
Feed The Birds In Your Backyard
It’s easy to make a simple bird feeder out of a plastic soda bottle. Using wood spoons or round sticks can help you hang them from the trees in your backyard, and there are plenty of tutorials online to break down the steps.
Not only do you get the chance to give back to the animal community, but you also save another plastic bottle from going into a landfill.
Flower String Lights
Looking to add a little more decor to your room? The right plastic bottles will allow you to make colorful floral string lights that you can hang from the wall.
Gather the plastic bottles and their caps as well as your choice of string lights. Then you can cut the plastic into any shape you want and spray paint them.
Create a Watering Can
Giant plastic juice bottles can be repurposed as watering cans, making it easier for you to water your house plants.
Keep the bottle and cap, and then just cut out holes in the top of the lid so that the water flows slowly when you tip it over. It makes it easier to mix your fertilizer into the water and, if you need to, you can throw it away when you’re done.
Milk Jug Herb Gardens
Once you’re done drinking your milk, cut the tops off to create little baskets for a potential herb garden.
When they’re clean and empty, fill them with soil and seeds. From there, all you have to do is remember water them and watch the milk jugs overflow with beautiful and tasty homemade herbs.
Another way to give back to the animal kingdom around you is by using small plastic water bottles, drinking straws, and other decorative items to create some hummingbird feeders. You can easily google how to make one, hang it from your tree, and watch birds descend.
Any small repurposing of plastic bottles is so much better than throwing them into the trash and letting them fill up our landfills.
Instead, use one of these smart tips to reuse your bottles and help give back by growing a plant or feeding an animal.