People are becoming more and more aware of the ways our planet needs help, and that’s a good thing. Millennials are a particularly conscientious generation. They are passionate about conserving oceans, preserving rainforests, and using sustainable ways of living. Thankfully, recycling — or upcycling, the newest form of green living — is easy to do and doesn’t require a ton of time or money, so it can be for everyone.
Upcycling is all about taking something that used to be trash and turning it into something beautiful and useful. It’s a great way to put things to use that would otherwise be sitting in a landfill and hurting the planet. There are tons of suggestions online for ways to upcycle. With minimal time and effort, you can put your trash to great use: making beautiful things while saving the planet.
So, there’s no need to feel upset if your town doesn’t have a recycling plant or you can’t afford a hybrid car: there are tons of ways you can still live sustainably. Just check out these 25 amazing ways to upcycle your trash and beautify your home. Every time you see these things, you’ll be reminded of the ways you’re helping save the earth!
1. Turn old soda bottles into a comfy living room ottoman.
2. Use wine corks to make an easy bath mat.
3. Use old bottle caps to make a laundry hamper.
4. Make an herb garden out of old wine bottles.
This one is a little more complicated, but it’s a great idea if you’re game. If you have old wine bottles, you can easily turn them into DIY plant holders. First, take some cotton thread and tie it around the center of the bottle. Douse the thread in acetone and use a lighter to let the alcohol burn off. Then dunk in cold water — the change in temperature will allow you to break the bottle neatly along your homemade seam.
File away any sharp edges. Turn the neck of the bottle down into the larger bottle half and use a piece of mesh and some thread to hang down into the bottle. Pour some water down through the neck into the bottom bottle, letting it touch the hanging thread. Then, put some soil and the herbs of your choice in the top half of the bottle. Presto — an herb garden that waters itself!