Every year, 38 billion single-use plastic water bottles go unrecycled and wind up in our landfills and oceans where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Those that do get recycled get “downcycled,” meaning they are not turned into new bottles but rather into products that use lower quality plastic such as insulation. What if we upcycled these bottles instead? Here are a few ideas on how you can do exactly that!
Probably the easiest way to reuse plastic water bottles is simply to drink out of them twice. In other words, Think Twice, Drink Twice. As long as the plastic is not subjected to extremely hot temperatures, you likely won't need to worry about chemicals leaching into your water.
There are also great DIY projects for parents to create for their children or loved ones to use and enjoy. You can create a ball-and-cup toy, a time-out timer which can also be used as a relax bottle, a lava lamp, and cuff bracelets! I highly recommend the plastic ball-and-cup toy – it’s a new take on the classic wooden version. Also, if you do not want to buy your young child jewelry as they tend to destroy or lose things, the plastic cuff bracelets are a cute alternative -- the bracelets can even be nice accessories for adults.