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30 Mind-Blowing Ways To Upcycle Plastic Bottles At Home And The Office

30 Mind-Blowing Ways To Upcycle Plastic Bottles At Home And The Office

While manmade plastics have greatly expanded technological and consumer goods, it is undeniable that society throw away too much plastic. For example, in just one year, Americans throw away 28 billion bottles and jars. While sending your recyclables to be properly processed is one way to fight this trend, finding ways to recycle plastic bottles at home can greatly improve the environment. Since it takes several litres of water to produce just one 1-liter bottle, reusing plastic we already have is an excellent habit to get into. Whether you are looking for greener ways to decorate your home and office, or just need some low-cost crafts, these functional and impressive uses for plastic bottles will get anyone excited.

Planters/Vertical Garden

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    One great way to repurpose plastic bottles is to create planters for your home or office. You can even combine many planters to make a garden.

    Soap Bottle

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      A quick and easy way to recycle plastic bottles is to repurpose your bottle as a soap bottle. All you need is a twist-on soap dispenser spout and any empty bottle can be used this way.

      Sink Extender

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        A helpful way to reuse plastic bottles if you have children is to extend a sink spout so little arms can reach the water. Another way to recycle these bottles without much more than scissors and creativity.

        Baskets

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          Reused plastic bottles can also make effective baskets. These baskets can hold anything from school supplies, to knickknacks, or anything else that fits.

          Cell Phone or Napkin Holder

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            Much like the plastic bottle baskets, a reused plastic bottle makes an excellent cell phone or napkin holder.

            Kids’ Pencil Organizers

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              Similarly, cut up an old plastic bottle to make these kid-friendly pencil organizers. All you need are scissors, paint, plus a way to mount them, and your house will be greener and more organized.

              Organizers For Everything Else

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                Another excellent way to make organizers for your bathroom, kitchen, or workbench is this method of making plastic bottle containers.

                Leaf Lamp

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                  Yet another delightful way to reuse plastic bottles that’s particularly effective at home is this simple yet attractive leaf lamp.

                  Magazine Holder

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                    An outstanding way to repurpose large plastic jugs is this modern yet functional magazine holder.

                    Mailing Tube

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                      Another way plastic bottles can be reused is by making a custom mailing tube. Another easy way to reuse bottles with few supplies.

                      Ribbon Dispenser

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                        This creative ribbon dispenser is one more useful way to reuse plastic bottles, especially for craft or sewing rooms.

                        Piggie Bank

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                          An unbeatable way to reuse bottles if you have children is this adorable piggy bank. Not only is this object functional, the design is simple enough that your child can help you finish it.

                          Decorative Containers

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                            An exceptional way to reuse plastic bottles are these decorative containers. Fill with knickknacks, potpourri, or color-coordinated items for a decorative addition to your home or office.

                            Decorative Butterflies

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                              Another superb way to recycle plastic bottles is these decorative butterflies. This is one craft that can be combined with others to make a bigger statement, but one that also stands alone just fine.

                              Chandelier

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                                This inventive chandelier is another eye popping way to reuse plastic bottles around the home.

                                Spoon Lamp

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                                  Another impressive project for the home is this attractive spoon lamp. Both quick and useful, this impressive looking craft is one you will want to keep.

                                  Bouquet Lamp

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                                    Similarly, this bouquet lamp is a functional and beautiful addition to any room.

                                    Jewelry Stand

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                                      Another functional way to reuse plastic bottles is this helpful jewelry stand. A cheap yet attractive alternative to store bought jewelry containers.

                                      Cute Planters

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                                        Plastic bottles also make adorable planters, ones that can be designed according to your preferences or decorating needs.

                                        Jet Pack Costume

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                                          When looking to reuse larger plastic bottles don’t forget that costume items are also a wonderful option. These terrific jet packs are the perfect example.

                                          Hanging Pencil Organizers

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                                            Much like the kid friendly pencil organizers, these hanging pencil holders are a simple and functional way to reuse larger plastic jugs.

                                            Bird Feeder

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                                              By using plastic bottles to create a bird feeder — not only are you recycling, you’re directly supporting local nature as well.

                                              Napkin Ring

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                                                These cute and useful napkin or wine bottle rings are an easy way to recycle and spruce up your next social party.

                                                Hanging Chandelier

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                                                  From designer Michelle Brand comes this hanging chandelier. An eco-friendly yet striking addition.

                                                  Bottle Cap Art

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                                                    Using bottle caps to create murals or pieces of art are another ingenious way to reuse plastic bottles.

                                                    Plastic Christmas Tree

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                                                      If you’re looking for holiday items on a budget, or just prefer to know you’re helping the environment, this plastic Christmas tree is an effective way to recycled plastic bottles.

                                                      Coin Purse

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                                                        Much like the decorative holders you can make from plastic bottles, all you need is a zipper to turn this container into a coin purse.

                                                        Solar Lightbulb

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                                                          Incredibly, plastic bottles can also be used as lightbulbs. All you need is a hole to the outside and a watertight seal. By defusing sunlight throughout a room, a plastic bottle can act as a lightbulb without any power.

                                                          Budget Ottoman

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                                                            An unknown Internet user created this ingenious use for plastic bottles; it’s another way to spruce up your home for little or no cost.

                                                            Curtain

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                                                              Finally, this plastic bottle curtain is a delightful and unique way to decorate a space.

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                                                              12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                                              12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                                              Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                              But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                              I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                              Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                                              1. Nuts

                                                              The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                              Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                              Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                              Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                              2. Blueberries

                                                              Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                              When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                              3. Tomatoes

                                                              Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                              4. Broccoli

                                                              While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                              Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                              Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                              5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                              Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                              The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                              Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                              6. Soy

                                                              Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                              Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                              Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                              7. Dark chocolate

                                                              When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                              Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                                              15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                              8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                              Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                                              B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                                              Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                              Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                              To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                              9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                              Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                              Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                              Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                              10. Gingko biloba

                                                              This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                                              It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                                              However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                              11. Green and black tea

                                                              Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                              Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                              Find out more about green tea here:

                                                              11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                              12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                              Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                              Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                              When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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