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Eco friendly house: Recycling ideas you can do at home

Updated on Dec 31, 2018
Eco friendly house: Recycling ideas you can do at home

The world is producing tons and tons of waste every day, our planet is literally suffocating under all this amount of waste. That is why we need to try and minimize the waste we produce, and that is how recycling ideas started emerging across the world.

Not only is recycling good for the environment, but it also saves money. And most importantly, you can have a lot of fun making some of these recycling projects, they may even become an enjoyable and engaging hobby that you can practice on your own or with your family.

Here are some fairly easy and useful recycling ideas that you can try at home. Once you start, you will find more ideas, or you will start creating your own recycling projects.

Use old plastic bottles to make a vertical garden

Use old plastic bottles to make a vertical garden

Choose some bottles, they can all be the same shape and size or you can mix different shapes and sizes. Clean the bottles well and seal their caps with some glue. You can also paint or decorate the bottles if you want to, it adds a nice touch.

Make a rectangular opening in the side of each bottle, or just cut the bottle in half, add some soil and plant a budding plant in the soil.

Hang several bottles on the wall in any arrangement you like, they would look specially nice in a balcony wall or a kitchen door.

Do not forget to water your vertical garden regularly.

Use baby food jars to create a spice collection

Use baby food jars to create a spice collection

This project is as easy as it is brilliant. If you have a baby, then you buy a lot of baby food jars, which are usually of good quality glass and have well sealed lids. All these jars are too good to throw away.

What can you use such small jars for? Easy, spices!

Wash the jars carefully, remove any paper tags and let them air dry, or you can just load them in the dishwasher. You can either use them as they are, and just add white labeling stickers to sort down spices. Or you can get more creative and decorate the jars, or even just decorate the lids.

Turn cans into stationary containers

Turn cans into stationary containers

Tin cans are some of the most wasted items, as people generally don’t know what to do with them. That’s why many DIY pros have tried to come up with recycling ideas to use them.

However, if you wash them properly you can find many uses for them. And one of these uses is creating stylish containers for stationary, cutlery or even makeup.

Just wash the cans, use paint, wrapping paper or even fabric to cover them and you’re done.

Pro tip: using denim will help you recycle another item and create a very stylish container indeed. Plus, denim is one of the most durable fabrics and it will look good for a very long time.

Turn an old suitcase into a pet cot

Turn an old suitcase into a pet cot

This can be as easy or as elaborate as you want it to be. You can even make more use of old materials and use an old quilt to make the mattress.

First start by thoroughly cleaning the old suitcase, and the quilt or the old cushions you are using for lining the bed.

You can then paint the suitcase, this step is optional. After that, arrange the cushion or quilt to line the suitcase well. Then cover with a durable material for a neat finish.

Use glass bottles as garden lights

Use glass bottles as garden lights

This recycling project looks too good to be true, and it’s really easy to make. Just wash and dry any old glass bottles you have, fill them with battery operated fairy lights and arrange them around your garden.

This will make your garden look like a magical forest at night. It is one of the easiest and yet one of the most effective recycling ideas.