Thursday, February 9, 2012

Upcycled Plastic Bottles & Bags: Unique & Beautiful Art

Who would have thought a plastic bag or a plastic water or soda bottle could be upcycled into something so unique and beautiful? Check out these unique upcycled products made by talented artists and I think you'll agree that one person's trash can definitely be another person's treasure.

unique flowers made from the bottoms of soda bottles (above and below) by Michelle Brand

What is PET?
PET aka polyethylene terephthalate is a highly recyclable plastic product made from oil. It is what water bottles and soda bottles are made from. Above is the recycling classification mark that is shown on the bottoms of bottles and other PET products. These products should always be recycled. 

2-liter bottle boxes (above and below) by Zitta Schnitt

PET Plastic bottle stick pin brooches (above) and bowl (below) by gulnurozdaglar on Etsy

PET plastic bottle jellyfish by Miwa Koizumi

PET plastic bangle bracelets

DIY jewelry stand made from recycled plastic bottles

Handbags made from recycled plastic bags

Recycled plastic bag chickens and snakes

Ruffled Black and White Lamp Shade made from Eco-Friendly Recycled Plastic Bags - Shade ONLY
Lampshade made from recycled plastic bags by Zipper8Lighting via Etsy

Mandala made from plastic bags by Virginia Fleck

Apple Eagle Original Design Recycled Fused Plastic Upcycled Tote T231
Tote made from fused plastic bags by Lousupcycles via Etsy

Chair made from recycled shopping bags on a steel frame by Ryan Frank

Cactus Plants Made From Upcycled Plastic BottlesPlastic bottle succulents

Plastic bottles at a landfill site...

Landfill decomposition rates:

Milk carton: 5 years

Plastic milk jug: 500 years

Aluminum can: 80 to 200 years

Plastic drinking bottles: hundreds of years

 Plastic bags: hundreds of years

Cigarette butt: up to five years & leaches toxins into the ground

Newspaper: 2 to 4 weeks or longer

Glass bottles: tens of thousands of years

Styrofoam: no sign of ever breaking down

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