Recycling has always been a hot topic and despite our best efforts, there are still some people who are just too lazy to do their bit for the environment. Believe it or not, more than 80% of plastic bottles are left unrecycled, and to make matters worse, research has shown that people are suspending their recycling habits even further in the wake of the recent economic downturn.
So how can we be greener with our used plastic bottles? Nowadays, plastic containers can be broken down and re-fashioned into a vast array of goods, ranging from dress clothes to playground equipment, cell phones to car paneling, and fleece to funky chairs. Plastic recycling also generates considerable savings in greenhouse gases, water and transportation.
And if you think this is impressive, just look at what these ingenious people have come up with using plastic recycling:
Funky Recycled Christmas Decorations
This snap of a funky Christmas tree decoration, creatively constructed from shredded plastic bottles, was taken at Tanglin Mall in Singapore. With the festive season looming – why not have a go yourself?
Recycled Bottle Screen
Serving more than just a decorative purpose, this wall created from plastic drinks bottles is part of a natural sewage treatment area in Scotland, created for the ‘Earthship Fife’ project. The venue houses a number of renewable energy and alternative building demonstration projects, as well as a greenhouse made in the same way.
Plastic Bottle Armor Suit
Calling all you urban ninjas out there – this is not your average suit of armour. Urban clothing and accessories designer, Kosuke Tsumura, created this inventive ensemble by cutting up PET plastic bottles and sewing the pieces back together with translucent nylon thread. Inspired!
The Original Plastic Bottle Boat
Resourceful Argentinean fishermen have fashioned this seaworthy vessel entirely out of recycled material, using plastic bottles to help keep it afloat.
Spiral Island: The Floating Island Made from Plastic Bottles
And for the ultimate in recycling chic, why not create an island made from plastic bottles?! British eco-pioneer, Richart Sowa, set out to construct his own artificial ‘Spiral Island’ in 1998 using nets containing discarded plastic bottles. Floating in the Caribbean, the mass boasted an impressive two-storey house, solar oven, composting toilet and three beaches, before being destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005.
Thanks to these resourceful eco-warriors, the hoards of plastic waste currently floating in our oceans is being slowly but surely reduced. The results prove that plastic can indeed be fantastic – who thought plastic recycling could be so cool?
Written in association with our plastic recycling experts.