WASTE? “Not Really”

Approximately 100 million plastic bottles are used and discarded everyday, with 80% of them simply becoming non-biodegradable litter. While it is convenient to consume drinks straight out of plastic bottles, the trash that is accumulated in the process takes a huge toll on the health of our environment. Plastic water bottles have a significant carbon footprint, with the amount of water going into making a bottle being up to three times what’s inside the bottle. Also, bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, produce toxic fumes.

Few ways to show how waste bottles can be turned into reusable and in a marketable way as well:


If we want to keep our outdoor plants happy but don’t have a sprinkler to water them, all we need to do is poke holes in a plastic bottle, insert the hose into the bottle and wrap some tape to fix the hose to the opening of the bottle. Turn on the tap and the homemade sprinkler is ready to go.



Drip irrigation delivers moisture directly to plant roots without oversaturating the soil, which helps the plant roots deeper and grow healthier since they don’t experience moisture stress. We can grab a 2 litre plastic bottle, punch two holes into the caps and hang or plant the bottles next to the plants. We fill them with water and let the plants get the slow watering they prefer.



To make an Eco-Cooler, we cut a piece of board to the size of a window. Then we drill holes in the board big enough to push a plastic neck through. Then we gather some old plastic bottles and cut the bottoms off, then slide the neck of each bottle through the holes and secure them with the cap till the board is full. Then we hang the board on the window and watch the temperature inside drop.


If we live in an area that has many birds, a strategically place recycled bird feeder will allow us to view the pretty feathered creatures up close and personal. Taking just a little time and very little money, we can make one out of materials we might have otherwise thrown away- a plastic bottle and a couple of wooden spoons.



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