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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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                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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