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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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                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                              Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                                              I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                                              This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                                              What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                                              As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                                              While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                                              The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                                              Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                                              Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                                              The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                                              It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                                              My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                                              You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                                              Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                                              1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                                              Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                                              2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                                              The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                                              3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                                              One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                                              4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                                              The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                                              To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                                              5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                                              While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                                              Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                                              You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                                              How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                                              Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                                              This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                                              Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                                              Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                                              The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                                              Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                                              Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                                              One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                                              This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                                              Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                                              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                                              Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                                              Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                                              How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                                              The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                                              While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                                              Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                                              Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                                              The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                                              Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                                              Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                                              First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                                              Is Fasting Safe?

                                                              As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                                              I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                                              Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                                              As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                                              I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                                              For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                                              If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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