According to the EPA, the amount of waste each person created between 1960 and 2008 has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.5 pounds per day. Do your part - reuse some of the plastic products you use every day!
There is always room for easy and fun reuse projects, but the most interesting reuse is the kind you can’t tell is reused. Plastics Make it Possible has assembled the following tips and facts on how to reuse your everyday plastic products to create something unique and beautiful:1. Bottle It: Since 1977 when the first PET bottle was recycled, plastic bottle recycling has increased to more than 2.3 billion pounds annually. Today more than 80% of communities collect plastic bottles, so recycling is probably your first choice. However if you’re in the mood for a great reuse project, check out some of the amazing designs of Swiss company Recycline for inspiration - they have produced some cool things out of plastic bottles including a magazine rack, flower vase, candle holder and more.
2. Bag It: Most large grocery stores and some retailers offer plastic bag drop-off programs that allow consumers to return their used bags and product wraps to be recycled. However plastic bags are probably one of the easiest to reuse. Why not try getting more out of your plastic bags by turning them into yarn?
3. Stylish Styrofoam: Styrofoam, the trademarked product name from the Dow Chemical Company, is the most common type of plastic #6. Because it is often used in packaging and shipping, everyone uses it at some point in time. Recycling it however can be a challenge. Why not reuse? Check out Dow’s tips on crafty ways to reuse the material to create something beautiful for your home.
4. Perfect Peanuts: The easiest reuse for packaging peanuts is by repurposing for another package you need to ship. You can donate them to UPS and shipping stores for reuse OR you can get creative and use them as bean bag chair stuffers and or by filling an old pillow cover with them to make a cozy new bed for your pup.
5. Get it to Go: Single-use plastics such as the kind found in many to-go containers are often discarded after the first use, however there are a number of ways you can reuse these to help reduce the amount of these plastics that end up in landfills. Make sure to thoroughly rinse and sanitize your to-go containers and then reuse to take your lunch to work the next day. Or if you have a green thumb, why not use a shallow, plastic to-go container to help create mini-greenhouses for seedlings that require germination.