6 ways to reuse plastic milk bottles and jugs
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For this week’s ‘Change the World Wednesday’ challenge, Reduce Footprints has asked us to stay with the 3 Rs.
She wants us to pick one item people might regularly throw away and come up with as many reuse ideas as we can.
As you’ll be aware, the 3 R’s are in that order for a reason – reducing is better than reusing because it prevents us using resources and energy. Reuse is better than recycling because it reduces the need for energy to turn items from one form to another. Recycling, although good, requires more energy to transform things.
Finding creative ways to reuse things around the hone is a great way to add to your recycling efforts and help reduce landfill.
This week I’m going to focus on a plastic milk bottle. I’ve chosen this because the majority of families drink a lot of milk and get through several of these thick plastic bottles every week
Here are 6 Ways to reuse plastic milk bottles
Here’s a great way to attract birds to your garden for free! There are instructions for making your own bird feeder from an old plastic milk jug. The project takes just 15 minutes.
The washing powder I buy doesn’t come with a scoop and the powder often spills out. By cutting off the handled section you get a handy scoop. We could use this for measuring out rabbit food too.
Cut off the top of an empty milk jug, punch a few holes in the base and you have the perfect containers for sowing seeds and growing your seedlings.
In our office is a deep drawer that everything gets lost in. I’ve been looking for a drawer organiser but never found anything to fit. By taking the bottom 3 inches from several milk jugs you could fix them side by side and store paper clips, elastic bands, staples etc.
This is Little Miss Green’s favourite idea! Buy an eco spout and turn your empty plastic milk bottle into a handy watering can. It’s small and lightweight making it perfect for children to do their own gardening.
Cut the milk bottle off a few inches below the top and use it to store pencils and pens.
What about you? What creative reuse ideas do you have for saving plastic milk bottles from landfill?
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