Sunday, June 7, 2009

All Bottled Up

Plastic bottles or PET bottles ( short for polyethylene terephthalate) are becmonig a serious waste problem. How many plastic bottles get used a day? According to the Container Recycling Institute, in the US more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away, EACH DAY!

That is such an astounding number! Most of these end up in land fills or incinerators. Many are littering the land :(
Want to find out more about what can be done about this? Check out what CRI has to say.

In the meantime lets looks at what some crafty people have come up with to help save their corner of the world from the pop bottle explosion.

Alexandra Ferguson
on Etsy has these beautiful pillows.
Now you may wonder "what does that have to do with plastic bottles?"

Alexandra answers that on her home page :
" The felt used in my pillows are made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic water bottles. Every pound of felt is equivalent to 10 water bottles that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. By my math, that makes each pillow about 4 water bottles of earth saving goodness."
That is so amazingly cool Alexandra!

How about some jewelry to show off your dedication to ending this problem?
Easy enough!
bluemoon147 at Etsy makes these great bangles using recycled PET bottles and recycled magazines.

Artwork by KD on Etsy. Makes these adorable earrings and more.

Arny Design's has these beautiful necklaces.
Yes that is made from plastic bottles! Amazing right?

Go by Etsy and search for eco-friendly,recycled or GREEN and see what other great artists are doing to share the load. Support the artists and help save the environment.

Want some ideas on how you can reuse PET bottles at home? I found this great site I can't get enough of called Instructables
Here are a few of the awesome ideas there:

Bottle herb garden – a recycling project.

Water bottle sprinkler cap
Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)
Self watering recycled vase

More than 7,000 communities in the United States have curbside collection programs that will even give you the bins for the collecting and separating your recyclables such as glass, metal, and plastic. In some areas, drop-off bins are provided at appropriate locations in the community and at retail deposit return sites. You are just a google search away from seeing if your community offers this. Take a few minutes and see what you can do in your area to help cutback on this problem.

Coming up this week:
*More Green tips
*What to be sure your dog DOES NOT eat ( besides your kids homework)
*More great artists work
*Cute pet pics ( obligatory ) :D

Stay tuned!


  1. LOVE your post about the plastic water bottles. Very inventive creations.

    What a plague. 60 million selfish idiots. Are we any healthier because of bottled water?

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