If you consume soda or bottled water, you may be wondering what you can do to recycle the plastic bottle once you’ve emptied it. Recycling is not only an Earth-friendly move, but it can be fun and save you some money. Here are a few ways to use recycled bottles around your home and garden.
Planters and Seed Starter
For a larger planter, take a two-liter plastic bottle and cut off the top portion. Poke a few holes in the bottom to allow drainage. Use the same process with smaller bottles to make seedling starters. These can be reused again and again, so keep a stack in your garden shed.
Forget chemical deterrents. To make an insect trap, cut the bottle in half. Fill the bottom with a small amount of sweet liquid such as juice or sugar water. Then insert the top of the bottle into the bottom upside-down, like a funnel, and tape it into place. Insects will fly in and be unable to escape. These can be discarded and remade as needed throughout the summer.
Paint and Craft Tray
Recycled soda bottle caps and bottoms make for great arts and crafts containers. Simply cut off the top of the bottle and use the bottom for mixing paint, holding beads, or dispensing glitter. Cleanup is also a snap with these remade bottles, as they rinse very easily and can be reused.
Ice Packs and Cooler Inserts
If you have kids, you know that bumps and bruises happen. An old soda bottle half-filled with frozen water and wrapped in a damp towel feels great against a minor injury. Likewise, if you enjoy hiking or tailgating, a few bottles full of ice will keep your snacks and drinks cool.
Water Toy for Toddlers
Recycling old soda or water bottles is a smart move for both the Earth and your wallet. With some time and creativity, you can use them for a whole new second life.If your child has a tendency to lose toys, you know that the cost can quickly add up. Simply add some water, cooking oil, food coloring, and glitter to an old bottle. Then add small toys or brightly-colored stones. Leave a small amount of room at the top, and then screw the lid on as tightly as you can. Your child will love it!