7 Surprising Ways to Recycle Plastic

Recycling plastic keeps trash out of landfills and decreases our reliance on polluting fossil fuels.

By Kayla Caldwell


One of the best ways to recycle is to find new uses for old items.7. Precycle!

The best way to avoid any hassles associated with recycling is to precycle—find new uses for stuff you’d normally toss out. There are many websites that show you how to craftily turn used cartons, old T-shirts, wine bottles, and other bric-a-brac into beautiful art projects and handy tools. Find ways to reuse hard-to-recycle items like milk cartons and aseptic cartons (which contain plastic coatings and layers that make them hard to recycle) at lifehacker.com, which provides instructions on converting them into CD mailers, or Disney's familyfun.go.com, where you can learn to turn them into change purses like the one pictured at right. Know a bookworm? Old seed packets make great bookmarks. If you’re up for more of a challenge, turn newspapers into gift baskets, or make notepads out of recycled cardboard, paper, cartons, or whatever else you have around the house, all found here.

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