By Elizah Leigh on December 14, 2012

All kinds of plastic scrap can be repurposed into items for the home.

Whoa, you don’t really want to slam dunk that perfectly shiny PET container into your recycling bin quite just yet, do you? Don’t get me wrong. It is fantastic that you are making a conscious effort to keep reusable material out of the waste stream, but there is another way that you can step up your eco-living just a bit.

Prior to bidding one-time-use packaging an official farewell before it receives the final mega-meltdown treatment at your local municipal recycling facility, give various types of plastic containers another opportunity to shine. Yup, a bit of crafty tweaking will be involved, but that’s half of the fun.

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Plastic container party favors. Photo courtesy of parents.com.

What to do with a plastic beverage bottle (some modification necessary)

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Plastic Bottle Art Vessels By Caroline Saul. Photo courtesy of carolinesaul.co.uk.

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Elephant wall sculpture made from plastic bottles. Photo courtesy of lacasapark.com.

About the author

Elizah Leigh is an eco-inspired wordsmith capable of captivating readers in just the right manner to facilitate subliminal greenlightenment. If it hasn’t yet happened to you, dear reader, don’t worry... it soon will. She believes that walking on the green side of life isn’t so much about random actions like recycling household materials and eschewing bottled water as it really should be about committing to long-term lifestyle changes that naturally become effortless the more frequently they are practiced — and believe it or not, if you’re looking at the world through green-colored glasses, it’s never a chore.

Working as an eco-journalist for a number of online venues, including Ecorazzi, WebEcoist, WebUrbanist and Causecast, this self-confessed eager greenie and knowledge hound has become deeply entrenched in the world of green living and makes a conscious effort at all times to practice exactly what she preaches. Elizah feels that no one is an "expert" in this field as long as they continue to keep an open mind by acquiring new eco-feathers in their cap — something that she aspires to do with each new article that she authors.

Extremely passionate about greening perspectives as well as lifestyles one carefully selected word at a time, this eco-writer feels privileged to add the 1-800-RECYCLING audience to her increasingly expanding network of green-minded readers. When she’s not tweeting her ever-lovin’ greenie heart out or adding new eco-themed articles to her portfolio, she can be found frolicking outside or shooting the breeze with her menagerie of impossibly needy geriatric felines.

As for what Elizah hopes to bring to 1-800-RECYCLING? Believe it or not, she is convinced that we are all capable of carving out individual and collective legacies in which caring enough about what we do while we walk this earth ensures that future generations enjoy the same basic privileges that we currently do. Can collections of carefully crafted environmentally themed words help facilitate this lofty plan for eco-friendly ah-ha! inspiration? Stranger things have been done to honor Mother Nature. For now, that’s her eager greenie goal, and she’s definitely sticking to it.


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