Most people are guilty of throwing away something in the general waste bin that could have been recycled. I sometimes get confused about which items can and can’t be recycled. I am super passionate about the environment so take the time to figure it out but not everyone is. A way to not throw out so much plastic is to reuse and upcycle as much as possible. Upcycling is great because not only are you not throwing out plastic, but you are saving money on something you would end up buying. I try to do this as often as I can.
I love this idea – the bunny one looks especially cute!
Pom poms out of plastic bags
I used to do this when I was younger and it was a lot of fun. Different bags = more colours
Store pasta, rice etc. in plastic bottles
This one isn’t upcycling so much, but it’s a great way to store food without buying more containers.
Bottle tops as game counters
Not so much of an upcycling craft but I’m sure you’ve lost a game counter before and needed to sub something in. A colourful bottle top is perfect for that!
Make a pencil case out of plastic bottles
You just need to add a zip!
Turn plastic bottles into a storage container
This is totally my kind of thing – I actually use mushroom containers to store my medicine & make up!
Make plarn (plastic yarn!)
I love the idea of this & will definitely be giving it a go
Create a pretty picture out of bottle tops
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Weave a rug
Make an instrument
I used to do this all the time as a child!
Use the bottom of a bottle to make a jewellery bowl
This one is such a nice idea because they can colour them & it looks like a flower.
Weave a basket
Make a piggy bank
Plastic bottle watering can
This one less upcycling and more DIY.
Make a bracelet
Instead of using PLASTIC loom bands, why not use a bag you have lying around the house?
Create a windchime
Windchimes are so nice for the garden – one made out of plastic would be colourful 😍
Plastic bag football
Anyone else remember making this in primary school? Or maybe Brownies/Guides?
I really like this idea because pallettes are made out of plastic anyway so you would be saving some from being wasted.
Plastic bottle as a utensil holder
I love all the ideas I came across on Pinterest but not everyone has the time or would enjoy making crafts. There needs to be a change to make recycling clearer as it seems that millions of people don’t know.
Better You has created a petition because the current policy lacks the transparency and infrastructure needed to create an effective recycling life cycle. Their petition demands a national, unified programme for waste plastic collection and recycling which is standardised, independently monitored, and publicly reviewed annually.
I’d really appreciate it if you could sign the petition <3
Have you tried any of these?
Best wishes, Cx