20 Cool Uses for Old Plastic Bottles

This is cool! Take a look at all the creative ways to reuse old plastic bottles. Details from Architecture and Design:

20 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Plastic Bottles

DIY recycling projects are always cool, especially when you can turn your trash into something new and useful. We’ve not written any posts about ways to recycle before, but it turns out there’s so much that you can do with recycle plastic bottles that they deserved their own post.

The PET plastic that most plastic beverage bottles are made of is a fairly useful material – it’s resilient, flexible, transparent and food safe. As such, there are probably countless applications for these bottles that will give them second lives. These 20 are a great place to start, but can you think of your own as well?

1 | Vertical Garden

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2 | Chandelier

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 3 | Broom

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4 | Beautiful Mosaic From Caps Left By Hurricane Sandy

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5 | Spoon Lamp

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6 | Jewelry Stand

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7 | Parking Canopy

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8 | Bouquet Lamp

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9 | Christmas Tree

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10 | Cute Planters

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11 | Intricate Bottle Vase

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12 | Durable Purse

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13 | Sci-Fi Rocket Jet Pack

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14 | Hanging Chandelier

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15 | Lake Boat

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16 | Solar Light Bulb

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17 | Ottoman Seat

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18 | Curtain

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19 | Bottle Cap Decoration

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20 | Napkin Ring

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Photos by: Architecture & Design (via Google & Bore Panda)

America’s Super Cities

Do you live in a Super City? Here is a cool infographic from SpareFoot that shows us

America’s Super Cities: Places to Watch in 2014

Every day, it seems, publications and websites are cranking out “best of” lists, like the Best Places to Live, the Best Places to Work and so on. So we decided to put together a list of lists, if you will, in an infographic to give you a quick look at some of the U.S. cities to watch in 2014. Our mega-list relies on data from the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, as well as from several media outlets.

Now, let the debate begin about which cities should or should not be listed on this infographic.

Courtesy of: SpareFoot

– See more at: http://www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips/americas-super-cities/#sthash.z0aMtXpw.dpuf

The Coconut

I have started enjoying coconut a lot more recently. I had no idea it had so many uses! Details from NutriLiving:

Plant of Life: All About the Coconut

Drink the water hidden inside, eat the flesh of the fruit and use the hard shell to build utensils and furniture. Is there anything the mighty coconut can’t do?

Dr. Joseph Mercola breaks down for us the many uses of the coconut.

Mmm, our mouths are watering!

Sistine Chapel

Wow. The Sistine Chapel never ceases to absolutely amaze me. It was a thrilling and humbling experience to visit it.

Whether you have been or not, now take a look at this virtual tour of the inside – 360 degree, zoomable moveable (use your mouse to click and drag to navigate) complete view! Awesome isn’t a big enough word!

Click on the picture below to be taken to this glorious virtual tour of the

Sistine Chapel!

 

Your Family as Homeless

This is an extremely powerful video and message. I found this on FastCo and I think you will see the power in it as well.

This Video Answers The Uncomfortable Question: Would You Recognize Your Family If They Were Homeless On The Street?

BY DAN SOLOMON

This hidden-camera video replaces the format’s usual whimsy with an important message about the invisible homeless.


The sad truth about homelessness is that familiarity breeds invisibility. Even the most compassionate city-dwellers are likely to get inured to the sight of someone on the street who doesn’t look like they have anywhere else to go. Eventually, everyone tunes out–you can’t save the entire street no matter how much you care, so you put up a thousand-yard-stare defense. Still, the invisibility of homelessness is also one of the reasons that people who are in that position feel like they have such a hard time being treated as human beings–people look past them, rather than at them.

That’s something that led the New York City Rescue Mission and its creative partners to orchestrate an uncomfortable experiment called “Make Them Visible.” Agency Silver + Partners, production company Smuggler and director Jun Diaz developed a hidden camera set-up that had people walk past their family members, who were sitting in the street, and made up and dressed to look like they were homeless. And all of the subjects walked right past their nearest and dearest.

“There’s only one person that didn’t make it into the film–because they couldn’t handle the fact that they walked by their family,” says Jun Diaz, who directed the video out of Smuggler. “It happened every time.”

Participants were recruited after being told that they’d be taking part in a vague documentary about people in New York, and Diaz, who partnered with a hidden camera team, captured them as they walked to the building for their initial interview, past a loved one who was positioned there.

“One of the creatives here, Howard Finkelstein, and I were walking down a typical New York block and I commented on a particular homeless person and Howard hadn’t even noticed him,” says agency chief creative officer Eric Silver of the origin of the project. “And then we talked about how often that happens and how that could even be possible. And why isn’t that shocking anymore? We talked about it some more and had a loose idea that we took to Jun (the director) and then the idea really started to take shape.”

Diaz says that the hardest part of the project was actually talking with the participants, knowing that they were about to feel terrible when he presented them with the evidence that they walked past their brother/wife/cousin/etc without even noticing–and he stresses that the guilt reaction from people isn’t the point of the project.

“The people were great. It wasn’t about indicting anybody. It’s not about the people we interviewed,” he says. “They’re all great in their own way; just people trying to get by in the city the best they can–but when they found out what it was all for, they got behind it. But we had to make it very clear that it could have been any of us. I’ll tell you, it would have been me.”

That’s part of what makes this campaign so effective. Just like it could be any of us who walked past a loved one who looked homeless, it could be anyone’s loved one who’s actually out on the street. Reminding people of the humanity of the people they walk past every day is a worthy campaign to take on. Viewers can donate to the New York City Rescue Mission via this site, created by Reactive.

Average Paper Usage

Ouch! Can you believe this statistic? That’s a lot of paper. Do what you can to reduce this! Details from Mashable about how the

Average U.S. Office Worker Uses 10,000 Sheets of Paper Per Year

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While digital media theoretically lessens the need for paper — everything from e-readers to online shopping has the potential to cut down on paper usage — data shows that the average American still uses the equivalent of a 100-foot Douglas fir tree each year.

For Earth Day on Tuesday, Catalog Spree and PaperKarma gathered information on the serious paper waste situation in the U.S. The data comes from the Clean Air Council and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal government’s arm dedicated to human health and the environment.

In this infographic, we see paper and cardboard comprise more than a quarter of annual municipal waste in the U.S., while the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. Collectively, that’s 4 million tons of copy paper used in one year in the U.S. alone.

Check out additional shocking facts below to learn why you should be more sustainable in your paper habits, and do your part in saving the environment.

Earth Day Paper Waste Infographic

 

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