Like me, you probably consider yourself le expert recycleur. You rinse ’em, sort ’em, remove the caps and send them merrily back to the plant for re-processing. But what if you could find a more permanent home for some of your plastic bottles, by repurposing them into something more useful? You’d be surprised what those little bottles can do.
Here are 13 new and exciting things you can do with plastic bottles. Check ’em out.
1. Water bottle chandelier
It’s easy and pretty too. Tie bottles and lights together in any sort of configuration, and hang your creation from the ceiling.
Always use CFL or LED lights to avoid melting the plastic. For lovely colors, try using LED Christmas lights!
2. Dripless ice blocks
Fill bottles with water and freeze ’em, then use them instead of cooler ice, or take them on hikes and picnics, or
give them to your pet rabbit on a hot day. EDIT: Do not give them to your rabbit! The rabbit will eat the bottle and die, and that’s horrible. Just ask Autumn, who found out the hard way.
3. Window farm planters
You can grow food year round in plastic bottles with a hydroponic Window Farm. Sweet!
4. Water bottle citrus juicer
Cut the bottom off a Poland Spring water bottle and VOILA! Juicer.
5. Roof tiles
Building a cob hut? Tool shed? Backyard fort? Do like the folks at Deen City Farm and put a trash roof on it.
6. DIY funnel
Zieak made this funnel out of a bottle and an old pen. Much better than trying to pour oil into a small hole, trust me on this.
7. Toilet tank filler
Fill a bottle with a little sand (or very small rocks) and a bunch of water, and put it in your toilet tank. It can save up to 10 gallons a day of clean water, according to The Daily Green.
8. Homemade fireworks
Not the most eco-friendly, but you can’t recycle the caps anyway right? So fill ’em with firework powder, tape ’em together and make ’em go boom.
Just be sure you moop the area afterward, kthx!
9. Juggling clubs (or free weights)
You’ll probably want to fill these with dirt or somethin’ to weight them better. Mark reports that they are too light to use when they’re empty. Clever though, eh? Yes, that is a toilet paper roll attached to a Perrier bottle, with bottle caps for the ends and assembled with masking tape. Fancy.
10. Energy-saving heat sink wall
The F10 House in Chicago was designed with one exterior wall covered in filled plastic bottles. In the winter, light hits the bottles and heats them, and heat is transfered to the house. In summer, the wall is shaded by another part of the house.
The architect recommends using dark bottles for better heat transfer. Noted!
11. Automatic plant waterers
Aqua Spikes are designed to fit onto old soda bottles. This way, you can save water (by applying it only where it’s needed), and obviously save time. Bonus: your plants might not die while you’re out of town.
Now I wonder if you could use Zieak’s funnel design, and make your own Aqua Spikes? Hmm. [EDIT: you totally can!]
12. DIY wind turbine
Low tech much? Yes, this is a bike wheel with cut-open bottles screwed to the rim. I couldn’t find much information on how well it works (or even who made it). Somebody go try it and report back!
13. Don’t buy plastic!
PS – got more upcycle ideas? I want to hear them.
Thanks to The Daily Green for sharing a bunch of these ideas.