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Reuse, Reduce, and Upcycle

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 9:19 am
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Leading a green lifestyle and being frugal don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Instead of throwing away the containers of empty products try upcyling them! Not only can you reuse old bottles, tins, and plasticware, but their uses don’t have to stay in the kitchen! Add a flare of your own style to their repurposed use! Here are some fun ideas on how to reuse wine bottles, coffee tins, and old plastic containers!

Instead of throwing away your old wine bottles you should add a touch of creativity to your interior design! Use those old wine bottles as unique flower vases for the interior of your home. In case you don’t like the original color of the wine bottle there are a few tricks you can use to personalize them.

To change the color of your wine bottles you can always glue yarn around the entire bottle to give it a more textured appearance in addition to giving it a cool color. If you aren’t liking the yarn idea you can add texture with puff paint and spray paint. If you decide on this option you’ll want to strip the bottle of any labeling and residue. With the puff paint you can add designs or even write messages on the bottle. Once the puff paint has dried you’ll want to spray paint the entire bottle and display it once it has dried!

As for old coffee tins and how to reuse them, the possibilities are endless! One useful way to reuse your old coffee tins is as storage. One way I like to reuse my tins is to store items that must be kept dry like sugar or flour. I also like to personalize my tins and keep my kitchen organized by personalizing them with paint or, my new personal favorite, chalkboard paint! This way I can keep my supplies organized and useable.

Another fun way to reuse coffee tins, especially If you’ve got a budding green thumb, is to use your old tins as planters. Coffee tins make the perfect planters for small vegetables and herbs. Just remember to drill or punch holes in the bottom of the can for drainage of excess water!

Another frugaltastic and green way to save is to reuse plastic containers that groceries come in. You know that plastic container your deli shaved lunch meat comes in? Why not keep it and reuse it! By keeping those storage containers there is never a shortage of tupperware and you can bring delicious leftovers for lunch every day of the week!

Be sure to let us know your favorite ways to upcycle or recyle!

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