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Upcycle This: Plastic Soda Bottles

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Jessica
01.26.12

Next time you go to toss your Mountain Dew bottle in the trash, consider this: the average plastic bottle takes 450 years to degrade. But, with a few simple scissor snips, you can turn a piece of ordinary plastic into a funnel, scooper, or even an herb garden. So, dig those old plastic 2-liters out of the bin and get cracking on one of these easy upcycling projects!

Make A Funnel

Set your bottle on a table vertically, then cut it in half right around the diameter of the bottle. Turn the top half upside down, unscrew the top, and you have a funnel.

Water Flowers

Don't throw away the bottom half of the bottle from your funnel! Instead, cut it down until it fits snuggly under your favorite flower pot. Fill the plastic dish with water. The plant roots soak up the water over time, so you won't have to pour water into the top of the plant every day.

Scoop Pet Food

Actually, you can scoop anything, from grass seed to soil. Lay the bottle on a table horizontally, then cut it in the middle at a 45 degree angle. The end with the bottleneck makes a perfect scoop.

Save Water

Save water and money every time you flush the toilet. Simply fill a 20-ounce bottle with water, and drop it in the tank. The bottle allows the tank to be refilled with less water, making your toilet more efficient, and cutting down that annoying water bill.

Grow Herbs

If you live in an urban environment, you can still enjoy an herb garden. For step-by-step instructions on making a vertical bottle garden visit Scrap Hacker.

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