Over recent decades, we’ve learned that the three Rs are important to the health of Mother Earth: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Around the world, many individuals and businesses alike have made concentrated efforts to reduce the amount of waste–hello e-filing systems! Plus, many companies are finding ways to reuse various things in other projects. Recycling, however, has been relatively sluggish to catch up.
In addition to that, the cost-saving benefits recycling offers individuals and households is yet another key reason why the popularity of recycling has risen. Not only does it reduce your carbon footprint, but it creates a more energy-efficient living space.
There are tons of awesome ways people and communities have been contributing to the health of our planet. Those with a more creative mind can even elevate recycling onto a whole new level, as these environmentally friendly bottle hacks prove:
1. Use discarded cosmetics or lotion bottles to alter the water flow from your faucet.
2. Pierce holes in the lid of a gallon water bottle to create a makeshift watering can.
3. Take an iconic empty bottle and repurpose it using a twist-on soap dispenser spout.
4. Turn discarded 2-litre bottles into a sturdy and functional broom.
5. Create a colorful children’s money bank using a colored soda bottle.
6. Use an old Mio container to apply salad dressing to your daily lunch.
7. Turn old soda and cider bottles into decorated bird feeders.
8. Make painting easier, cleaner, and more efficient by using colour-coded ketchup bottles.
9. Cut the bases from used soda bottles and turn them into decorative snowflakes for your Christmas tree.
10. Adopt a similar approach and use the base of a 2-litre bottle to create upcycled craft containers.
11. Create a portable cell phone holder using a baby soap bottle.
12. Repurpose 1-litre bottles into drip catchers and reduce water consumption and waste.
13. Cut then paint discarded plastic bottles to create a series of energy-efficient patio lights.
14. Poke holes into a plastic water bottle to create an effective and eco-friendly lawn sprinkler.
15. Keep things simple with a compact drain clogger made from a plastic bottle and a craft knife.