Go Green With Garbage: Repurpose Plastic Bottles Into Useful Items

Posted on: 26 April 2016


From the 2-liter bottles of soda that you bring home from the grocery to the water bottles that get tossed by the thousands every year, if you are the average consumer, you go through a lot of plastic bottles every year. In fact, the U.S. sees more than 38 billion plastic bottles making their way into landfills annually. If you choose not to recycle those plastic bottles that usually end up in the trash, you should know that there are a lot of useful ways you can at least repurpose some of those plastic bottles around the house.

Create a Platform Bed with Plastic 2-Liter Bottles

If you are looking for an innovative way to keep a mattress held up off of the floor, you can easily create a makeshift platform bed using empty 2-liter bottles. Simply remove the labels from and  rinse out the bottles and allow them to air dry. Glue the lids in place and then attach each bottle to the next using a permanent craft glue applied to the sides. Create a square in this fashion using as many bottles as you need to be the same size as your mattress. When all of the bottles are attached, you can cover them with spray paint in the color of your choice to give them a more uniform look.

Use Empty Water Bottles to Create a Walled Garden

If you have a chain-link fence in your yard and not a lot of space for a regular garden, a walled garden is easy to create using empty water bottles. Use a razor knife to cut the top portion of the bottle off and remove the label. Attach a piece of twine to the side of each bottle that you will use to tie the bottle planter to the fence. Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of each bottle, add filler soil, and plants or seeds of your choice before hanging them in place. You can hang the bottle planters on your fence in rows, side by side, to cover the entire fence and create a wall of flowers or greenery.

Transform Empty Bottles Into Storage Containers for the Closet

Organize your closet with empty plastic bottles that can be used to house shoes, silk ties, belts, or anything else that doesn't really have a spot or easy way to hang. Cut the tops off of 2-liter bottles and stand them upright to hold pairs of sandals, flip-flops, or flats. Use small empty water bottles tied to a hanger to house ties and belts separately.