Plastic or glass bottles are used to store liquid or solid substances like coffee or beverages.50 million bottles are thrown every day all over the world according to research. We live in a world where many of our everyday items are disposable. There are different types of bottles, examples are plentiful, from water bottles to laundry detergent, to how we squeeze out our honey. You’ll likely spot one of the 50 million if you do a simple scan of the room that you’re in.
DIY projects are a great way to help minimize environmental impact and even save money. Today we are going to identify some ways of reusing bottles at home.
Some bottles are designed for a single-use purpose-meaning they cannot be used to put drinking water. For instance, petroleum bottles cannot be used to put drinking water. However, there are several ways through which all bottles can be re-used.
Ways of re-using bottles at home
- Re-use coffee creamer bottles to store spices and salts
After enjoying coffee, the clear glass bottle can be re-used to store cooking spices. The bottles can be used to store salt, ground cooking spices, etc.
- Egg York sucker
Always store a clean bottle in your kitchen for it may come in handy. A bottle can be used to suck York. This life hack is a game-changer when it comes to separating the York for recipes that demand so.
- Flower vase
Plastic bottles can be used for planting flowers. Cut the top part to create an opening. You can use gift wrappers to give the half-cut bottle a good beautiful look. Then plant your flower and hang it on your balcony.
Another creative idea is making a piggy bank. All you need is to make an opening at one of the points in the bottle. You can even decorate your piggy bank to give it an awesome look that is attractive to the eyes.
Students at the University of Colorado recently showed the world that bottles can be used for fencing. Clearwater bottles can be joined using wires to form a long continuous fence. It’s a great way of showing the world that bottles can be re-used.
- Drinking water or juice
It may not be a creative way but after drinking water, one can make good of the bottle by using it to carry water using the same bottle at home or when going to the gym. You can also use the same bottle to carry juice for break or lunch especially for school-going children.
Can be used to store detergents at home. When you buy 10 liters of detergent and you want to avoid accidental spillage, maybe a child could be running on your corridor and knock the detergent down. To avoid that use bottle and get a small amount and refill with time when it finishes.
- Children toys
Some bottles come with exclusive looks that resemble children’s toys. One can guide his/her child to make a car toy using empty bottles. All you need are locally available materials like broomstick or chopstick and four bottle tops for wheels.
Some people have even taken the art seriously and now they make toys out of bottles, hence creating employment.
- Re-use plastic bottle has a water sprinkler
Buying a new water sprinkler may be very expensive. To save your money, all you need is a bottle of about 1-2 liters. Simply poke holes on the bottle and you’ve made it happen. Connect your water pipe to the bottle and hang it on a rod. There you have it now you can sprinkle water into your grass.
- Can be used to make a hanging garden
Yes, a hanging garden made from bottles that are mounted on a wall is another life hack. For people who stay in an urban center and your space is small for you to plant you can use the technique. It may look so complex but is simply made by stringing the bottles together at the top and bottom, hanging on a sturdy beam or wall, and cutting a section out of the bottle to plant your herbs, flowers, or any other small plants. (You may also check my DIY on how to turn your backyard wall into a garden).
20 liters plastic bottle can be turned into a dustbin or garbage pit. All you need to do is to cut the top part and you’re ready to go.
The list of ways to reuse bottles is endless.
Other ways include:
- Pet feeder
- Pencil/pen holder
- Water filter
- Rain gauge
- Beach bucket
- Utensil holder
Among other useful ways.
Advantages of re-using bottles
- Helps in reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions
The substitution of recycled materials reduces the emission of greenhouse gases that are produced in the manufacturing of virgin materials.
- Helps in reduction of pollution
Reusing plastic water bottles means that there is less demand to manufacture new bottles from virgin petroleum resin, and this leads to the production of less trash that ends up in landfills, streams, and parks. Reusing plastic bottles can significantly reduce pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy usage.
- Helps in reduction of waste
Washing and reusing plastic water bottles reduces waste and landfill crowding, minimizes pollution, and conserves energy. Refilling your plastic water bottle with tap water is considerably less resource-intensive than purchasing commercially purified and bottled water.
- A clean environment
Every day, consumers discard more than 50 million plastic water bottles. These bottles litter highways, clog waterways or end up in incinerators and landfills.
Plastic does not decay when it’s dumped. Above are amazing DIY ideas that you can use at home and make good use of bottles at home. Everyone is aware of the massive destruction of the environment at the hands of humans. This has led to new inventions and the origin of innovative plans every day to reduce the damage caused by us. Of course, we cannot just invent something out of the blue. But, the least we can do is to “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle the 3R’s.