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i try not to use much plastic, but unfortunately it’s generally hard not to buy food in plastic containers. you can recycle plastic, but it’s not as easily recyclable as glass and paper, and it’s always better to reuse materials before putting them into the recycling bin anyway. so, how can we reuse our plastic bottles? here’s one way that i saw a couple of years ago when i went to rome for the national market genuino clandestino. teamed up with a wooden rod and two nails, these two bottles work just great as a toilet paper holder in the bathroom of csa la torre.
a friend of ours spent the first half of this year in asmara, eritrea. given the scarsity of materials and products, they reuse everything there. our friend told me that i would’ve felt right at home there! here’s one of her photos showing how they use plastic bottles as flowerbed borders.
pet (the material most plastic bottles are made of) can be melted, making a very interesting material to work with. cristina from ork’idea atelier creates amazing things with this technique. here, for example, is a mobile of hers:
there are loads of ideas online. but for now i chose a very useful idea for our home: making plastic bag sealers. i saw this idea in a few places online, for example here. we have a package of ikea sealing clips, but we always need more. so i decided to make some homemade ones.
it’s super easy. all you have to do is cut off the top of the bottle, right under the cap. you unscrew the cap, stick the bag opening inside, fold the bag outwards, and screw the cap back on over the bag.
the food inside stays nice and fresh like this. they really work well! the only thing is that it’s hard to screw the cap on over thicker/more rigid plastic bags. but they work great with regular plastic bags!