The fact about plastic pollution is nothing new to your information. It is almost everywhere and it continues to pollute the environment. Why wouldn’t it? Because one trip to the grocery store and your homes are filled with plastic. Even when the store have quit on using plastic bags, there’s more of plastic items that make your grocery list- plastic bottles.
From plain water to those yummy milkshakes and sinful carbonated drinks, every come in plastic bottles. Now what happens to all these plastic? They get dumped on bare dumping lands, thrown into water bodies or maybe, just maybe, a small percent get recycled. The dumped ones slowly and gradually degrade into plastic dust, which remains unseen but is still harmful, resulting in environmental pollution.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
For the best you can do for environment, you can try these ‘R’s with the plastic bottles. Well, reducing, you know how to try. Recycling? Leave it in those plastic dustbins with a hope to get it recycled. Reuse? That is what is explained below.
Plastic bottles, fortunately, come in a whole lot of shapes, sizes and even colours. And if you think of it creativity, there are so many ways to reuse them at your home itself. A little imagination and time is all you need, here are few ideas on reusing plastic bottles.
1.Plant a Seed
Will it be too much to do 2 good things at the same time? Never! With this idea you can reuse a plastic bottle as well as plant a seed in it. Take a plastic bottle of a medium or large size and cut it horizontally or in a slanting manner. Fill it up with moist, fertile mud and plant a seed in it. You may even cut the bottle into cute and adorable shape and paint them before doing so. It doesn’t take much space and still you can have your own nursery. Try hanging them inside your homes as well.
2.Watering Pot or Watering Can
Now that we have planted in those plastic bottles, you may use a plastic bottle as well to water them. Take a plastic can , like the white ones you buy milk or fruit juices in. Make few pores on its cap. Now you may close the cap after filling water in the can and use it to water your plants. Add some colour for a more interesting look.
Plastic bottles can account for so many beautiful lamp designs, be it a small usual one or even a grand chandelier.
Take some plastic bottles that carry aerated drinks and cut and collect their bottoms. Now you may stick them in ways impressive to your imagination and include a light source between them like given below. Be sure, if using sources like bulbs that generate heat , it should not be in contact with the bottle bottoms as the plastic may melt due to heat.
Another idea for a plastic lamp is cut open a large white plastic milk bottle into half, horizontally. Poke a hole in the bottom of it and connect a light bulb inside it. Now you may plant the can in designs to cause shadow or wrap it up with a lace for a beautiful lamp.
Other ways are to cut the plastic in different shapes to form a cluster around the bulb and light it up. Use your imagination and creativity and you can come up with a dozen more ideas for a plastic lamp.
4.Piggy Banks for Little Ones
This is one easy and cute idea out of plastic bottles. Use two cut bottoms or a bottom and a top and join them in the middle by moving one rim inside the other and fasting it with glue or tape. Now cut a slit on top of it for your savings to be dropped in. Paint and decorate it to look like a piggy bank or you could even try other designs. Involve you little ones and it is a great activity to enjoy doing together.
You may also do the same without the slit and display as show pieces in your drawing.
Now that the bottles are being used why leave their caps behind? They could make amazing properties for a unique wall decor. Take bottle caps of various shades and sizes and nail them on to your ply wall using a nail gun. A little time and patience and you have a jaw dropping design for your wall. You may choose the shades and designs according to your liking.
The colourful caps can be joined by a thread or cord and made a group of it to act as curtains or wall decor as given below.
Put on your artist cap and get your crew to work these crazily easy and amazing DIYs you could do out off the plastic bottles, which would otherwise be a matter of concern.