Live Green and Earn Points

Recyclebank

Reusing Plastic Soda Bottles in Your Garden

By CanarsieBK |
Do your part and help to keep plastic soda bottles from being incinerated or from the landfill. You can check out one of these reuses or reuse them in your garden.

“Less than 1 percent of all plastics is recycled. Therefore, almost all plastics are incinerated or end up in a landfill.” Source: Earth911.com


Image courtesy of Urban Organic Gardener

Do your part and help to keep plastic soda bottles from being incinerated or from the landfill. You can check out one of these reuses or reuse them in your garden.

If you don't drink soda, you can still easily find and save soda bottles nearly anywhere. During Keep America Beautiful’s 2009 Great American Cleanup, volunteers recovered and recycled 243,000,000 PET (plastic) bottles that littered highways, waterways and parks.

So there is no shortage of plastic bottles out there. You can use some homemade eco-friendly soap to rinse them out and reuse them.

This list includes ways that I've used them in my garden and other creative ones from across the web. Whether you have a backyard or a windowsill, you can utilize one of these low-cost ideas in your garden today.

  1. Drip irrigation system
  2. Kitchen carrot garden
  3. Hanging soda bottle planter
  4. Mini greenhouse
  5. Shovel
  6. Make a garden trellis
  7. Upside down tomato planter
  8. Self-watering container
  9. Seed starter
  10. Herb garden on shipping pallet


How else can you reuse soda bottles in your garden?

Share with Your Friends & Family
  • Beth K. 4 years ago
    I live in the city of Philadelphia and have as many plants as can be happy in and outside my space. I love my plants as though they are my children, and also enjoy the fact that they not only give back to me by cleaning my air and adding oxygen, but enhance my life in both esthetic and nurturing ways. Whenever the precious opportunity to get away comes around, I always want to make sure that my little babies are taken care of. I have many of them, and I'm usually going away for a week during the late summer months to spend time with my family at the beach, so I save up and use my plastic and glass bottles to help keep my plants hydrated!

    It's so simple - just fill your bottles with water, poke an appropriately-sized hole in the soil and insert the bottles upside down into the plants to create a self-watering system that not only works, but keeps your plants happy and hydrated and allows you not to worry about them while you're away! Of course, you'll need to make sure the bottle is the right size, and temperature and humidity play factors in the decision on which bottles to use - common sense and knowing your plants are the rules: larger bottles for your most quickly dehydrated plants and/or longer trips, and smaller ones for those plant friends which don't require as much water or don't get a lot of sun. We all need to do our part, and not only keep our plant friends happy, healthy and hydrated but also keep as much green growing as we can to combat the effects of global warming and help oxygenate the planet! It's so simple, so satisfying and so rewarding in the same breath!