The 5 best recycling ideas for plastic bottles

The 5 best recycling ideas for plastic bottles

We use and throw away an incredible amount of plastic bottles every day. It is true that most people throw them in the recycling bin. But what else can you do to take advantage of these empty plastic bottles. How can you reuse plastic bottles? If you don’t know where to start, we will show you the 5 best uways to reuse empty plastic bottles that most people don’t know about.

The best recycling ideas for plastic bottles – Multipurpose spatula

If the plastic bottle has a handle to it, you can cut it from the bottle and by just doing that, you will already have a multipurpose spatula. Now, you can use your recycled bottle spatula to serve rice, spices or whatever you want.

The best recycling ideas for plastic bottles – Toothbrush holder

Another great idea to recycle plastic bottles is as original as it is practical. Take a 50cl bottle and cut it in half with a hot knife. Then, roll up your toothbrush and toothpaste in a small towel, and place the roll inside the bottle. Screw on the lid and you will have a dental kit that does not get wet and protects your toothbrush.

The best recycling ideas for plastic bottles – Plate separator

Probably one of the least known ways to recycle plastic bottles, is to use them to build a tower of dishes. For this purpose you will need 5-liter bottles. Cut the bottle into four horizontal sections and you will have four elements to separate dishes, protect them from dust, and conserve heat and humidity. They are much cheaper than the ones you can find in stores and are just as great.

The best recycling ideas for plastic bottles – Sewing kit

Take a bottle and cut it in half. Make symmetrical holes on both sides to put a straw through. Each straw will hold one spool of thread, so you must make as many pairs of holes as you can, taking into account the size of your spool. Put a spool on each straw, until all holes are filled. Then, close the bottle with the cap. If you make another hole in the center of the bottle, you can get the thread you need out from there. It is one of the most practical ways to reuse plastic bottles.

The best recycling ideas for plastic bottles – Vacuum cleaner

Grab a hair dryer and put a mouth mask on the back. Then, place a 33 or 50 cl bottle cut in half, on the mask, in such a way that the cut body is stuck to the dryer. When you turn on the hair dryer, you will see that it has become a wonderful vacuum cleaner that allows you to access the most remote areas of your home. Unknown to many but one of the best ways to reuse empty bottles there is.

The politicians are failing when it comes to circular economy

The politicians are failing when it comes to circular economy

The conversion of our linear economic model into a resource-saving circular economy is one of the central environmental policy challenges of this decade and beyond. In fact, only the energy-related aspects find their way into a broad public discussion and thus also create political pressure to act.

This became apparent by the many economic stimulus packages from the past years all over the world. Many countries, especially within the EU, agreed that climate technologies and climate protection measures should be promoted more than before. For the first time ever in modern German history, the automotive industry had to realize that politicians are not just their executive partners, but they are also demanding an urgently needed restructuring of the industry. The environmental organizations would have wished for more, but in the field of climate and mobility there were many right incentives over the past years.

However, the governments are completely lacking vision when it comes to the circular economy. The terms “recycling” or “resource conservation” do not appear in any economic stimulus packages. Like other branches of industry, companies in the recycling industry can look forward to reductions in VAT and bridging financial aid. But that is it. An ecological tax reform was nowhere considered nor debated. This could provide both economic and ecological stimuli by shifting the tax burden away from employees and towards resource consumption. Scientists have come up with many concepts ranging from CO2 taxes for energy-intensive materials to material input taxes. It is time to introduce them to everyday policymaking.

Strengthen resource policy

In addition to fiscal measures, the transformation to a circular economy requires clear framework conditions and a regulatory policy that economic actors can use as a guide. Almost everyone in can say something about climate protection goals and CO2 avoidance, but there are no similar goals for the recycling of our resources. Analogous to climate policy, a resource policy is needed that clearly specifies how many raw materials we can still use in the future in order to operate within the planetary boundaries. We need an indicator that stipulates when we will cover a certain percentage of our resource requirements with recycled material. Where this is not achieved, the use of recycled materials must be increased through targeted incentive programs and the costs for primary materials increased.

Of course, such a catalog of measures cannot be accommodated in a single economic stimulus package. However, there are currently many fields of action in which the EU can achieve a change towards more circularity. Politicians in Europe should campaign for the rapid implementation of the “Circular Economy Action Plan”, which provides for a sustainable product policy and focuses on durability, reparability and “design for recycling”. This is an important step away from circular waste management towards a real circular economy. They should campaign in particular for quotas for the use of recycled materials.

Market failure in the recycling of plastic

The plastics industry must be one of the main recipients of such quotas. Because when it comes to the recycling of plastic, one has to speak of a market failure. The previous low oil price coupled with low demand for recycled plastics destroyed the first major projects using recycled plastics. This will not change without clear guidelines.

But there are currently a number of political options in the EU as well. By strengthening public procurement of reusable, easy-to-repair and recycling-friendly products with a high proportion of recycled materials, the EU could stimulate demand.

It is frightening to see the generosity with which money is being distributed to a wide variety of sectors, while efficient measures in environmental legislation are being completely ignored. The EU must make clear adjustments here. Because if politicians don’t succeed in turning these small screws, how will they manage to turn the big wheel of the circular economy?

For anyone who is interested in ways to set up a recycling business, we composed an article about the opportunities of investing in plastic recycling. BOMAC Industries offers a wide range of plastic recycling equipment and can support you with technical advice.