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Plastic Bottles - Recycle And Reuse

Updated on March 28, 2012
It's amazing what happens when you use you imagination when recycling.
It's amazing what happens when you use you imagination when recycling. | Source

Instead of recyling plastic milk jugs we've come up with some pretty unique ideas on how these can be reused.

This past Halloween for our annual " Family " Halloween party my daughter helped her Aunt paint different Halloween pictures on the milk jugs, they made a small hole in the bottom to push an orange light through and continued from jug to jug. This was placed in the front yard going along the fence and when they were lit it looked really cool. This is something that would be a nice craft idea to do as a family.

My idea is to fill it with water, create small holes in the cap and use this to water the plants in your home, the vegetable garden outside and the flower garden as well. Consider the amount of money you save not having to buy two watering cans.

When we had pets we used them to store the dog food, cat food and cat liter. Of course we used 3 different jugs. It was great because if the jug was knoced over the cap stayed in place and there wasn't any mess to clean up. This was a money saver too, I didn't have to buy any containers to store these.

I've had friend who have cut the jugs in half to grow plants and flowers. When they've gotten big enough they replated these outside. They saved money by not having to purchase planters.

These have been used to store colored sand for craft time with the kids. By keeping the caps on spills and messes are avoided. You have the set with the colored sand and the set w/the small holes in the cap that can be used to sprink the colored sand. No need to spend moneyh on any containers.

This works great for making pancakes. Have one jug to store the pancake mix and another jug to put in the required amount and shake, shake and shake. My granddaughter loves this because she can help prepare the batter. This is our own form of the shake and pour they sell in the grocery stores.

Another cool idea is to have water in different jugs, place a drop of one color than other and it teaches children what to colors make another color.


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    • Catzgendron profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Glad I was able to help. I sure there are even more ideas out there.

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      Joan Whetzel 

      6 years ago

      What cool ideas. I never thought of these. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Catzgendron profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank you. I'm glad that I was able to help you out. Let me know if you come with any ideas. I'm there's more out there waiting for us to discover them.

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      6 years ago

      Great hub with great ideas to save money, time, and the planet at the same time. We go through about a gallon of milk each week, sometimes more, and this could add up to be a lot of wasted plastic. Thanks so much for sharing, I will definitely be reusing my milk jugs next time!


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