With the never-ending invention of new products available to us, we can’t help but constantly upgrade our own possessions. A printer guaranteed to be the best printer available will suddenly become defunct after a few months when an even better printer hits the market or when tech like 3-D printing becomes an accessible fresh trend.
Sometimes, a product we own might simply lose its original purpose, how a jar without its pickles becomes useless once you’ve eaten all the pickles, or perhaps you have no idea what happened to the other red croc you used to wear, so the single croc becomes trash. With so many materials like plastic, rubber and glass sticking around on our planet with nowhere to go (materials that will outlast our kid’s kids) and no one but mother earth to do the cleaning, this crap builds up.
It ends up in our environments, landfills or, particularly technological waste, ends up getting shipped and dumped on underdeveloped nations. It’s undeniable, like an overburdened housewife, mother earth simply can’t keep up with the global-sized chores.
A tiny way to lend her a hand is to recycle some of your old junk (that you might normally throw out for the garbage fairies) as pots for plants! You can check two good deeds off your list: decreasing wastefulness and increasing plant life.
Here’s 22 examples of how to make useless junk into cute pots for plants:
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There are infinite cool ways to reuse junk in your plant life, especially now with shabby chic trends. An old can can be easily painted brightly or decorated with an expressive collage. A broken grill or even car part can act as a gallery for growing plants. Shoes! mugs! jars! ink jet printers! teapots! toilets! shoe organizers! The possibilities are endless. How else can we reuse junk as homes for plants? Got any more fabulous ideas? Please share with us. Mother earth is dying to know (literally).
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