16 Creative Ideas for Recycling Common Household Items

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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.

And 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! 

16 Creative Ways 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!

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I love this idea – why spend money on a bird feeder – create your own out of an old pop bottle!

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Bookmark paint swatch – This idea rocks! You can get tons of these for free in any color! Just tie a pretty ribbon at the end and you can have a wide array of DIY bookmarks! 

Auto pet feeder – This looks so easy to make. I see these for sale for over $20! Reuse plastics! Here’s the video to the tutorial

Shabby chic and adorable recycled cheese grater!  What an easy and fun way to store earnings!

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I had to LOL when I saw this – how creative for sure! You have to admit, it’s pretty clever! 

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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. 

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Why buy a sprinkler when you can just make one? 

I think this looks fab! You can really turn anything into a bookcase, can’t you? lol

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This would look great in your kitchen or bathroom! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome household hacks too! 

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Recycle an old boot – the birds will love you for it!

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I adore the person that thought of this – they are probably so much fun to hang out with! lol

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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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