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Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

Communities are increasingly recognizing the importance for people to recycle plastic bottles and minimize the impact of their waste. Plastic waste has grown steadily as an important topic in environmental policy, especially when Concord, Massachusetts, became the first city in the United States to ban single-use plastic bottles. According to Treehugger:

It takes 17 million barrels of oil per year to make all the plastic water bottles used in the U.S. alone. That’s enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.In 2007, Americans consumed over 50 billion single serve bottles of water. With a recycling rate of only 23%, over 38 billion bottles end up in landfills.

Designers, artists and architects have all realized this issue and have come up with numerous ways to transform that waste into something useful. We uncovered these 27 creative ways people have recycled their plastic bottles – we found furniture, art and several gardening solutions. Check them out below!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

1. Sarah Turner sells beautiful plastic bottle lamps on Etsy. This ceiling pendant lamp is made of 10 plastic fizzy water bottles. You can get it for roughly $300 + shipping.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

2. Another Sarah Turner creation! “Lily 9” is made from 9 two liter soda bottles. Sells for roughly $140 + shipping.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

3. Reta and Vana Howel created this truly unique light fixure out of anywhere between 50 and 100 water bottles! You can buy this piece on Etsy for $99 + shipping.

4. This video shows you how to build a solar bottle bulb!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

5. Design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck created this gorgeous vertical garden in Brazil out of hundreds of recycled plastic bottles! (via Colossal)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

6. Seattle Sundries created this great tutorial for making your own self-watering seed starter pots!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

7. PoppyTalk found these DIY hanging vases in what looks to be a really simple craft project!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

8. Todd Lynd sells these custom-made multi-colored vases, made entirely from recycled water bottles! You can buy one on Etsy for $50 + shipping.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

9. Summer or winter, birds still have to eat! Why not use that old plastic bottle you have to make a DIY bottle bird feeder? Instructions by rvanschendel on Instructables.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

10. One Perfect Day made this awesome DIY jet pack for a kid’s birthday party!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

11. The Frugal Crafter made her own beads out of plastic bottles and then made her own earrings out of those beads! DIY beads insructions here.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

12. Artesan used the bottoms of differently sized bottles to create these fun DIY snowflakes for their eco Christmas three!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

13. Green Upgrader upcycled a 20 ounce plastic bottle into this awesome coin purse!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

14. You can try making this DIY Soda Bottle Corsage, created by ModMischief on Instructables. All you’ll need is an empty soda bottle and some plastic bags!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

15. Epbot created this adorable DIY jewelry stand, made from 4 plastic Mountain Dew bottles!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

16. ArtePalstique makes these beautiful napkin ring sets and sells them on Etsy! This set of 6 blue daisy flowers sells for $40 + shipping.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

17. Shape your own art bowl, ideal as a fruit bowl! Instructions by gulgevenc on Instructables.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

18. Emeco and Coca-Cola collaborated to upcycle 111 PET bottles in order to create this classic chair.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

19. You can purchase this “Re-Juicer,” a creative juicer by Amron Experimental. Made from re-used water bottle bottoms. Sells for $6.50.

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

20. Industrial engineer Federico Blanc created an upcycled kayak in order to float down Argentina’s Parana River! (via Inhabitat)

21. This team created a hamster powered submarine out of a plastic bottle!

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

22. Levi’s launched a jeans line in which they upcycled eight 12 to 20-ounce plastic soda bottles to create a pair of jeans. (via Treehugger)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

23. Volunteers worked together to recycle 7,000 plastic bottles in order to build the roof of this hut in the UK. (via Inhabitat)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

24. Garth Britzman used recycled bottles to create this amazing parking canopy in Nebraska! (via Colossal)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

25. A small town in Lithuania used 40,000 recycled plastic bottles to create this Christmas tree in 2011! (via Colossal)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

26. This enormous installation of fish by the UN Department of Sustainable Development was constructed using discarded plastic bottles found on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! (via Colossal)

Upcycle This! 27 Creative Ways People Recycle Plastic Bottles

27. Craft your own model aircraft  with these instructions by petercd on Instructables.

Check out our Upcycle This! archive for other cool upcycle projects.

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