August 10, 2007

Brilliant Recycling Idea

I am always looking for innovative recycling ideas and look what I found!

A screen made of soda bottle bottoms -

I use empty water bottles to aid watering in my planted containers.
  1. Cut off the bottoms, unscrew and remove the lid.
  2. Place the bottle in the container to be planted with the screw top down.
  3. Add peat moss inside the bottle and then surround the bottle with potting mix to hold upright.
  4. Add plant material and you have a reservoir for water that places the water at the root level where plants really need it.

Try this it really helps containers stay moist at the root level decreasing the need for daily watering during the hot Summer months. The bottle is at the soil level and the plants cover it so you would never know it was there - but your containers will look marvelous!

Lovely flowers strung together look so great. I have been throwing the bottoms on the plastic bottles in the recycling bin. Now I can put them to good use as well.

I love this use of discarded 2 litre and smaller size soda bottle containers. So, start recycling those soda bottoms into this magnificent screen.

If you are not interested in tackling this project but have soda bottles to share - bring them to Gardenology! We will put them to good use and recycle the remainder of the bottle after cutting the bottom away.

Wouldn't this be a fun light cover?!

Did you know that 8 out of every 10 empty water bottles end up in landfills or incinerators? The average American drinks over 200 of these little bottles of water each year. That's alot of water bottles headed to the landfill...

This would be a great screen in the garden - a translucent privacy screen to conceal unsightly compost piles?

Look how great the screen looks outside!

It takes an estimated 1000 years for a plastic bottle to decompose. Think about it.

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