You don’t have to be a Martha Stewart to come up with creative ways to divert paper, bottles, and other waste from landfills. The Internet is full of creative ideas. In fact, you can Google just about anything you might toss out and someone’s probably thought of a way to reuse it. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg – you’re sure to find many more!
- Nearly 90 percent of plastic bottles go unrecycled and end up in landfills. Disney Family Fun shows you how to turn plastic soda bottles into self-watering herb planters and bird feeders.
- Paper and paperboard make up over 30% of all municipal waste! Jen at NewGreenMama has tutorials for making gift bows from newspaper and seed starters from toilet paper rolls. And did you know that an oatmeal container is the perfect size to hold two rolls of toilet paper? DIYinspired shares tips for decorator TP containers and lots of other creative reuse & repurpose ideas. Also, be sure to explore this roundup of 100+ creative uses for old magazines from Christi at Always Christi.
- Making wood pallets consumes 40% of hardwoods harvested in the US – and two-thirds of them are used only once before being discarded! You can use them to make a shoe rack, sled, bike trailer, shelves, furniture, outdoor projects – even a guitar. Check out this roundup of 20 clever ways to use wooden pallets from WebEcoist.
- Got an old garden rake lying around? Take a look at Indulgy‘s gallery to learn how to turn an old rake into a holder for wine glasses, jewelry, garden tools and more. Make plant markers from wine corks with instructions from Rachel Hollis at My Chic Life. Craftionary shows you how to recycle tin cans into office organizers, windsocks and planters.
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