If you’re looking for some creative ways to reuse, repurpose and recycle old plastic bottles, toys, and more, keep reading! TheSoul Publishing’s 5 Minute Crafts channel shared some of their top ideas with me so that I could, in turn, share them with you.
Did you know that this month is Plastic Free July? Well, now you do! Humans create an insane 6.3 BILLION TONS of plastic waste every year, and according to National Geographic, we only recycle about 9% of that. That’s not a typo. Nine. N-I-N-E. We’re incredibly wasteful little creatures, aren’t we? Along with recycling a whole lot more than we already do, we can get creative and reuse things we normally through away. Below are some quick and easy ideas from TheSoul Publishing’s 5 Minute Crafts channel (shared with permission).
Creative Ways to Reuse & Recycle Common Household Garbage
I’ll include the link to the TikTok videos, in case you can’t see the embeds.
1. Use a plastic bottle to make a gift box.
Cut the middles and piece them together for a box perfect for jewelry or small items. (Instructions here)
2. Take the top of your soda can and make it into a picture hanger.
Some simple glue and your standing only frame becomes wall-hanging! (Instructions here)
3. Repurpose a laundry detergent bottle to make your own plant holder.
A few simple cuts sand you have the perfect decorative pot. (Instructions here)
4. Keep your fingers safe when slicing veggies
This neat little trick helps keep your fingers safe when you’re slicing veggies. (Instructions here)
5. Reuse a straw to reseal packaging
Cutting a straw and sliding it over a yogurt container keeps it closed so it doesn’t go to waste if you don’t eat it all at once! (Instructions here)
6. Broken zipper?
Don’t throw it out – fix it with a fork. You can use this to thread a zipper bull back onto a sweatshirt or jacket so it’s good as new! (Instructions here)
7. Reuse old jeans by cutting off the legs and making a couch holder.
With hot glue and the top of a shoebox, you can make a shelf to hold your drink, remotes and more that slings over the arm of your couch. (Instructions here)