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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.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Tony Webster via flickr.com

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                                                              10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                              10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                              Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                                              In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                                              These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                                              1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                                              Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                                              But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                                              Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                                              2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                                              You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                                              The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                                              3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                                              If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                                              Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                                              If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                                              4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                                              Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                                              To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                                              In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                                              5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                                              We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                                              If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                                              Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                                              “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                                              6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                                              When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                                              One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                                              So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                                              7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                                              Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                                              Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                              8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                                              When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                                              So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                                              9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                                              Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                                              It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                                              It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                                              10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                                              There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                                              But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                                              Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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