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Using Green Glass - Keep It Out of the Landfills!

Updated on June 8, 2016

Wine Bottle Raised Bed

I haven't filled this one to the top yet because I added the bottles to a raised bed and will add more compost and soil soon . . .
I haven't filled this one to the top yet because I added the bottles to a raised bed and will add more compost and soil soon . . . | Source

Repurpose Wine Bottles

It's sad but true that green glass, such as wine bottles, is not recycled.  So, millions of green glass bottles end up in a land fill. So, I decided to try to find ways to repurpose them and have several creative ways to reuse them.

CREATE ART:  A friend of mine makes beautiful decorative items by drilling a small hold near the bottom of the bottle.  She inserts a string of tiny Christmas tree lights into the bottle.  Next she paints designs on the bottle using acrylic paint.  Grapes, leaves, flowers, holiday designs, flowerts, martini glasses, etc. decorate her bottles. She embelishes them with glass beads or sparkly items and applies a glass knob or crystal to the cork.  After she is finished, she plugs it in and the tiny lights glow inside the bottle.  These make wonderful items to brighten a kitchen corner or a bar. 
Use a bottle cutter and cut the bottle into slices, or rings, and hang them from a piece of driftwood or bar and create a wind chime or mobile.
LAMPS: Lamps can be made from empty wine bottles as well.  Buy a lamp part kit and drill a hole near the base of the bottle and assemble according to the directions.  Fill the bottle with pebbles or glass beads or drops to add weight to the lamp won't tip over easily. Add a bulb and a shade and you have a unique lamp.
My friend sells these items at wine shops, gourmet shops, art galleries and online.

RAISED GARDEN BEDS:  I read a memoir of a man who spent time in  a leper colony.  A soft drink company would deliver soda to the colony and leave the empty bottles, normally returned and resued,  lest their customers worry that the bottles being refilled my carry the disease.  The patients found novel uses for the hundreds of empty green glass soda bottles by making them into salt and pepper shakers, surgar dispensers and most uniqe of all, raised garden beds.  They pushed the neck of the bottle into the soil and formed a circle, they filled the circle with compost and fertile soil and grew veggies and flowers inside the ring.

VASES AND PLANTERS:  Purchase a bottle cutting kit at a craft store, cut the neckf your empty wine bottle, sand the sharp edges smooth and use the bottom of the bottle for planting herbs and place them on a sunny windowsill.  Or cut the top off and use the remaining bottle as a vase.

BE CREATIVE - I hope you are inspired to come up with other ways to reuse green or blue wine bottles and if  you do, please share the ideas with others (and me, please).

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      patricia merewether 5 years ago

      I didn't have a photo when I wrote this but I do now - I'll post one - great reminder - thanks!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Pat, I just ran across this interesting hub and plan to try some of your examples here, for instance, the edging around a garden... do you have a photo of your garden that you could include here? I believe it would be a great 'pin' image to go with your other content. Thanks!

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      pat merewether 7 years ago

      I live in Michigan, USA, and was told by our trash collector that very little green glass is recycled here. California recycles some . . but that's about it. bummer, I know

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Good and useful ideas. However, where did you get the idea that green glass is not recycled? There is a glut of green glass - more is produced in Europe than can be recycled into other glass, so the excess is recycled in other ways: water filter beads; fixing agents in brick and other clay products; aggregates for building; road surface material.

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      Pat Merewether 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you! My veggies are very happy in their green-glass beds!

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      Latrelle Ross 7 years ago

      This is awesome Pat! I love a good reuse ~ especially when a landfill is the only option. Love it :)