Plastic litter has truly become inescapable, and there’s nowhere you can hide from this pollution. Scientists discovered that tiny shrimp-like creatures living on the bottom of the Mariana Trench have plastic particles in their digestive systems. We’ve gone way too far in polluting our planet and it’s high time we all started to use less plastic and reuse it in all possible ways.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve found some easy and creative ways to give plastic items a second life. And don’t miss our bonus tip at the end of the article that will show you how to turn ordinary plastic bags into functional home décor.
1. Use the bottoms of plastic bottles for making DIY Christmas decorations.
Every year, we buy tons of Christmas ornaments to decorate our Christmas trees and houses. But why not try and make your own ornaments using old plastic bottles? Cut off the bottoms and heat the edges above an iron or a stove for a bit so that they’re no longer that sharp. Paint the bottoms with glitter glue, add some nice ribbons, and enjoy your eco-friendly Christmas decorations!
2. Use plastic bottles for watering plants in your garden.
No more worrying about watering your plants while you’re away! Punch small holes all over the bottle. Dig a hole big enough to hide a bottle in the center of the planter or next to the plant in the garden bed. Put the bottle in the hole and cover it with soil so that you still have access to its neck. Fill the bottle with water and it will slowly seep through the holes, watering the plant.
3. Turn a bottle into an improvised watering pot or even a shower.
Punch holes in a bottle cap. Fill the bottle with water, leave it in the sun until the water gets warm, and water your plants. If you’re willing to experiment, use a plastic bottle to fix a leaking shower head. See this video for detailed instructions.
4. Make a compact greenhouse for your veggies out of a large PET bottle.
A conventional greenhouse costs a lot and occupies tons of space while a bottle greenhouse is a good solution for a garden of any size. Cut off the bottom of a PET bottle, unscrew the cap, and put it on your garden bed so that the bottle surrounds the plant. This improvised greenhouse looks simple, but it will extend the hot season for your veggies and protect them from winds.
5. Try making a creative bird feeder.
All you need to make a nice bird feeder is an empty plastic bottle, a few pencils or wooden sticks, a knife, some twine, and some seeds. See this article for detailed instructions. By the way, these kinds of feeders attract not only birds but also other animals who love seeds and nuts like squirrels, for example.
6. Turn plastic buckets into DIY bike baskets.
Who knew plastic buckets that you use to store cat litter could turn into capacious bike baskets? Buckets are strong, safe, and waterproof; and if you fill them with ice you can keep your food and drinks cold during long rides. Follow these directions to use plastic buckets for kitting your bike.
7. Use plastic bottles as flower pots.
Soda, milk, and juice bottles work just fine as improvised flower pots. Choose a bottle big enough for your flower, cut a hole of the proper size, and fill the bottle with soil. Don’t forget to punch little holes in the bottom for good water drainage.
8. Make a handy wall organizer out of detergent containers.
Old detergent containers cut in halves can make a nice wall organizer for your garage or workshop. Filled with soil, they will work just fine as flowerpots or planters for herbs in your kitchen.
9. Turn 2 PET bottles into a waterproof stationery pouch.
Cut 2 bottles in halves and join them with the help of a zipper and some glue as shown in this video. This DIY pencil case looks unique and keeps your belongings safe in your bag or backpack.
10. Reuse food packages as serving dishes for garden parties.
Many of us buy paper or plastic disposable tableware for picnics or garden parties. Try reusing the plastic packages your food comes in as serving dishes for salads and desserts instead of just throwing them away.
11. Repurpose plastic bottle crates and use them as furniture.
Bottle crates are worth upcycling too. In fact, you can turn them into a variety of furniture items: sofas, chairs, tables, and dressers, just to name a few. You can get inspired about how to reuse plastic crates in your household in this video.
12. Transport your seedlings in strong plastic bags filled with soil.
Bottles are not the only plastic items that can be repurposed for gardening. Take a few strong plastic bags, fill them with soil and use them for transporting your seedlings to your garden. This will be even easier if you choose bags with handles.
Bonus: Plastic bags can become beautiful poufs, door mats, or grocery bags — just add a bit of imagination!
If you knit or crochet, try replacing your cotton or woolen threads with…cut plastic bags! Cut the bags of different colors into strips and use them as you normally would while knitting. If you don’t have knitting skills, you can just braid the plastic strips and stitch or fuse them together as shown here.
Do you reuse plastic in your household? Could you share more tips on how to reuse and recycle plastic items?
Illustrated by Ekaterina Gapanovich for BrightSide.me
16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
When all you have is memories:
The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo
“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu
Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI
Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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