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8 DIY ideas for recycling products at home

Our house is a magic box of things we can recycle or reuse in our everyday life. We just need to shift our perspective from discarding things or throwing them away (dumping somewhere else) to reusing them. The 3 R’s-Reduce, Recycle and Reuse are the key to minimize pollution of non-biodegradable products. Here are a few things mentioned you can follow to make the world a better place:

  1. Plastic Water bottles:

  • Firstly, try to reduce the use of plastic bottles for water by installing water purifier systems.
  • Carry your own water on the go
  • Cut the bottoms of plastic bottles and plant seeds in them converting them to planters.
  • Check Pinterest for decorative ideas
  • If it becomes mandatory to use plastic bottles, make sure they end up in the recycle bin.




  1. Aluminum Foil:

  • By placing foil behind the plants in shade, it helps in reflecting light on them.
  • The leftover foil can be used to pack stuff that needs waterproofing like photographs, old films, etc.
  • Create your own solar cooker by placing water in a vessel and food over a foil platter in a sunny spot. Keep some foil at the back of the vessel too and voila!
  1. Plastic bags:

  • Use them to line your wastebaskets instead of buying garbage bags.
  • Reuse them at grocery stores, vegetable vendors, supermarkets etc.
  • Save them to wrap fragile things to store them better.
  1. Old Mobile Phones:

  • Sell it on e-bay if it’s a reusable model still in demand
  • Clean up your old cell phone and give it away to someone needy. Make sure it’s in a working condition.
  • Check Earth911 to see how you can recycle your mobile phone in your area.
  1. Old DVDs, CDs:

  • Get creative and make something useful or decorative out of it like a collage of CDs for your wall, for local crafts, etc.
  • The internet is flooded with ways to reuse CDs in many creative manners




  1. Old Denim:

  • Donate your jeans to the underprivileged or the more needy if its still in usable condition.
  • Reuse the jeans to make bags, aprons, skirts, patchwork quilts, etc.
  1. Junk Mail, envelopes, paper:

  • If reply envelopes are in good condition reuse them to send your own mail. Just stick your own address in place logos or return address.
  • Can be used as mulch for kitchen gardening by shredding the unused envelopes.
  • Make sure you recycle all the unused paper.
  1. Wine corks:

  • Use them to cork homemade bottles of oil, sauces, jams, etc.
  • Cut them into circles, paint and rope them into a wire to convert them into a necklace. Can be used for belts too.
  • Corks can be used to aid drainage in the pots in the garden.
  • Get creative and decorate your fridge with cork magnets
  • These corks can be converted into miniature plants to decorate nook and corner of your house.

Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja

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