Communities are increasingly recognizing the importance for people to recycle plastic bottles and minimize the impact of their waste. Plastic waste has grown steadily as an important topic in environmental policy, especially when Concord, Massachusetts, became the first city in the United States to ban single-use plastic bottles. According to Treehugger:
It takes 17 million barrels of oil per year to make all the plastic water bottles used in the U.S. alone. That’s enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.In 2007, Americans consumed over 50 billion single serve bottles of water. With a recycling rate of only 23%, over 38 billion bottles end up in landfills.
Designers, artists and architects have all realized this issue and have come up with numerous ways to transform that waste into something useful. We uncovered these 27 creative ways people have recycled their plastic bottles – we found furniture, art and several gardening solutions. Check them out below!