We’ve all heard the phrase “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle,” but sometimes, even us eco-friendly individuals find ourselves with plastic bags, bottles, and cups that we feel bad for simply tossing. Because there is so much controversy over whether or not the plastics we put into the blue bins actually end up being recycled, it’s best to eliminate or re-use plastics if possible.
I saw an awesome video about folks in the Philippines re-using old plastic bottles (filled with water and chlorine) to make solar lights that brightened pitch black rooms! This eco-friendly solution to no longer living in darkness both inspired me and made me realize that there are tons of useful and creative ways to re-use plastic bottles.
1. Musical instruments
Fun for kids and adults who love music, fill plastic bottles with rice, beans, or other small items and use them as shakers. Also fun as make-shift drum sticks.
Add anything from water to sand to metal washers, and use as home-made dumbbells. Save money and the environment all while working towards your fitness goals!
3. Beach Toys
Yes, this sounds like a jenky idea but by cutting the tops off of plastic bottles of various shapes and sizes, you’re sure to win the next sand castle contest! Also known to save the day when used as a makeshift shovel if the ocean happens to wash away the kids’ plastic shovel.
4. Change Storage
Many of us often find change in strange spots in the house. Save a bigger bottle for change storage — you’ll be surprised at how much you end up with after just a few months!
5. Save Money
To save on your water bill, fill a water bottle up and displace the water in your toilet tank to decrease the amount of water used to re-fill the tank. Save water and money with each flush! A family of four could save an average of $90 a year!
6. Change Purse
By attaching a zipper to two sides of a plastic bottle, you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind coin purse or super-original gift! Find more specific directions here.