Practically Free Lemonade used up the last of my agave nectar making zucchini bread. I apologize for the pic – mine didn’t turn out so I grabbed one off the net. I gave credit to the photographer in the link to the photo.

I turned the bottle upside down and let it drain into the measuring cup but there was still quite a bit of nectar clinging to the sides of the bottle so I added the juice from one lemon, filled the bottle to the top with filtered water, shook it up and had myself some practically free lemonade AND a bottle I could drink from and toss into a recycling bin when I was done. I’d call that a two-fer recycling job!

Plastic Bottles Hit the Runway

Of Dreams & Seams Pet Purses

I can see using Dreams and Seams instructions and adding a wrist strap to make a mini-purse.

Bracelet by Kirsten Sonne

Bracelet from recycled plastic by Kirsten Sonne

Recycle White Necklace with Plexiglas chunks by Harriete Estel Berman

necklace made entirely from recycled plastic

You seriously will want to take a look at all of the fabulous jewelry from artist Harriet Estel Berman entirely made from recycled and found objects.

The world is your oyster, so we encourage you to protect that precious gift with a dedication to reusing and repurposing every chance you get! Our bodies are made up of about 75% water, but life is 100% inspiration…combine the two and you’ve got the perfect reason to take one of the most commonly used everyday objects and turn it into an elegant, wearable creation- a sea-tastic pair of translucent statement earrings. To create, reinvent a plastic water bottle, cutting out 2 circles approx 2-3” inches in diameter.  Heat up the edges with a lighter, and watch how they instantly curl and ripple.  Pierce two holes with a needle.  P.S.- You may need to heat the tip of the needle before you pierce the plastic. Thread jewelry wire through a pearl and twist both sides together. We wrapped wire around the toothpick of our Swiss Army Knife to make a tiny loop for the earring wire to slip through the top.

from PS I Made This


Computer Cable Necklace -- Rainbow Layered Wires

necklace made from computer cabling

bracelets made from soda tabs

bracelets made from plastic bags

Kind of makes you think twice before tossing something in the recycling bin doesn’t it?

Water Saving Tips Using Recyclables

We all know by now (don’t we?) that recycling of water is an important part of living green. This project is a great water conservation for kids instruction because it encourages them to reuse soda bottles and plastic milk jugs, items that they typically use. This water saving tip is a two-fer on the “green scale”: using a recyclable item in a way that saves water.

Start by cutting off the bottom of a recycled soda bottle or recycled half gallon plastic milk jug to make it into a funnel. As you water your garden place this funnel right at the base of the plant, pushing it down below the surface if possible, so that when you water, all the water goes directly to the roots of the plant. You’ll be saving water and BONUS, you’re not watering the weeds.

Water Bottle Caps as Laptop Protectors

Another fabulous idea from Debbie Yates of

I have two laptops, that run pretty much 24/7. What I do because laptops get real hot (is to use) plastic lids from anything as little legs, to raise the laptops up. With a desk top $5.0 0 fan that runs beside it, it works perfectly. I’ve tried all kinds of other ways to keep the computer cool, but this was the most affordable, and the only one that actually worked. Continue reading