Thousands of plastic bottles are thrown into dustbins every day, contributing to the million more that lie around landfills and other waste dumps around the world. It is astonishing to note that despite the large number of plastic bottles used on a daily basis, only 13 percent of them are actually recycled.
So why contribute to the ever increasing plastic bottle dumps when you can reuse them at home? Instead of opting for store bought products, you can reuse old plastic bottles in a number of very creative ways around the house. And here are five of the best ways you can do that!
Plastic Flower Pots
Consider using your old plastic bottles as flower pots for small flowering plants that you can place on a window sill or balcony. Plastic flower pots can also serve as good containers for growing plants that can be replanted in the ground after reaching a specific height.All you need to do is cut out the top portion of a plastic bottle. Choose the height of the pot according to the plant type. Punch a few small holes around the bottom of the bottle to enable water to seep out when you water the plant. Now fill the bottom half of the bottle with soil and plant the seed in it. Keep the pot in a place where the plant can get enough sunlight to grow.
If you don’t like the plain look of the plastic bottle, try using some oil colors to create nice patterns on it. Or wrap a colored paper around the plastic bottle to give it an authentic feel.
One of the best and most unique ways to reuse old plastic bottles around the house is to transform them in to colorful chandeliers. Designer Michelle Brand designed and showcased one of these ethereal looking chandeliers that was made entirely of plastic bottles.Michelle cut out the bottom parts of the plastic bottles to resemble flowers and then used strings to tie the plastic flowers together in beautiful patterns. The strings are strategically placed around a loop and a bulb it inserted at the center to provide light. The end result is completely breathtaking. You can also use different colored bottles for a more colorful effect.
Rather than using real flowers for your decorations, try using plastic flowers that last longer. You can make these flowers at home with the help of old plastic bottles. You can use the bottom portion of the bottles for small flowers (like Michelle Brand did for her chandeliers) or cut the entire bottle into very thin strips, entwine them and fluff them up to look like beautiful flowers.
Plastic Coin Purses
This particular project would require a little bit of the top of the plastic bottle and a little bit of the bottom. You would need a zipper as well. Cut out the top and bottom portion of a plastic bottle. Now place the zipper strategically over the cut portion of the top half (with the snout intact). Sew it in with the help of a needle and thread.Place the other half of the zipper on the cut portion of the bottom half of the bottle and do the same. Close the zipper and voila, you have a recycled and completely trendy plastic coin purse.
Rather than using old plastic bottles around the house, why not create an entire house with plastic bottles? In addition to saving you plenty of money on bricks and mortar, the use of plastic bottles can help you play with different natural lighting options for your home.The plastic house would require old plastic bottles (preferably of the same size) to be filled to the brim with mud so that they don’t collapse under pressure. The bottles are then stacked above each other and bound together with cement to form the foundation, pillars, walls and roof of the house.