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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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                                                              8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                                              8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                                              Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

                                                              What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

                                                              By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

                                                              I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

                                                              Less is more.

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                                                              Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

                                                              What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

                                                              Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

                                                              1. Create Room for What’s Important

                                                              When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

                                                              2. More Freedom

                                                              The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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                                                              3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

                                                              When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

                                                              Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

                                                              You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

                                                              4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

                                                              All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

                                                              We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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                                                              It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

                                                              5. More Peace of Mind

                                                              When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

                                                              The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

                                                              6. More Happiness

                                                              When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

                                                              You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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                                                              7. Less Fear of Failure

                                                              When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

                                                              In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

                                                              8. More Confidence

                                                              The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

                                                              What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

                                                              If you’re ready to start living a minimalist lifestyle, these articles can help you to kickstart:

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