16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items!
I think recycling household items is an awesome and creative way to reuse the resources we already own! I’ve been really trying hard to do this with my “stuff” as well – aside from giving things away to folks that need them, recycling items in your home is productive and fun! Check out our 16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items!
I put together some googled images of a few of my favorite recycling projects that I thought were fun and a great way to get started. Be sure to check out our crafting and DIY posts too. There are so many inspiring and creative projects you can make.
Got a spare bathtub lying around? Wow – what a great idea for patio furniture!
I love this idea – why spend money on a bird feeder – create your own out of an old pop bottle!
Bookmark paint swatch – This idea rocks! You can get tons of these for free in any color!
Auto pet feeder – This looks so easy to make. I see these for sale for over $20! Reuse plastics!
Shabby chic and adorable recycled cheese grater! Clothespins as wall hooks – genius!
One of my favorites for sure – looks like it costs $$$$$
I had to LOL when I saw this – how creative for sure!
I love ideas involving milk containers – we go through tons of them! Recycling your old plastics is a super way to keep our planet clean.
Watering can – brilliant!
I think this looks fab! You can really turn anything into a bookcase, can’t you? lol
This would look great in your kitchen or bathroom! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome household hacks too!
Recycle an old boot – the birds will love you for it!
I’m creating this one for sure! Again – plastics recycling rocks!
I adore the person that thought of this – they are probably so much fun to hang out with! lol
Don’t throw out your old China – they make fab planters!
And here are – Top 10 Reasons Recycling Matters
1. Good for our economy
American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.
2. Creates jobs
Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises use 1.1 million workers nationwide.
3. Reduces waste
The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.
4. Good for the environment
Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.
5. Saves energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.
6. Preserves Landfill space
No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.
7. Prevents global warming
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.
8. Reduces water pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
9. Protects wildlife
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
10. Creates new demand
Recycling and buying recycled products create demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.
Source: The National Recycling Coalition
Be sure to check out other ways to recycle your common household items.
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