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Make Nice Mission: Oceans of plastic

Make Nice Mission: Oceans of plastic

Our city trash is endangering the lives of many sea creatures. From our very hands, trash can make its way through the drain pipes on the road and straight into the ocean. The trash floating in the water fools creatures into thinking they've found food, many mistaking plastic bags, soda packaging and bottles for food, leading to them suffocate, choke and eventually die. Teaching the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message can be used as an attempt to stop these disasters from happening.

Although we can’t stop all pollution from entering the ocean, we can play a small role in minimizing the amount of waste we produce. Did you know that around 10% of landfill volume is consumed by plastic bottles annually? Plastic never decays in landfill sites. Before you empty your trash bin, think about the items you are getting rid of and whether they might be able to be reused, recycled or even replaced.

What can we do?

Our friend Liz is an avid gardener. Just one trip to her home garden and you can smell the creativity and resourcefulness all around. Liz believes in the benefit of reusing. From tuna cans to handbags, shoes, toilets, grills, bird feeders, paint cans, buckets, bread crates and of course, lots and lots of plastic bottles. Her garden is filled with flowers, succulents, herbs and veggies all contained in her collection of reused items. Though she understands the reasons behind recycling, she feels more passionately about reusing items, as there is no carbon foot print left behind by recycle trucks if the items never leave the home!

Take a look at some of the reused items found around liz's garden:

  
  
  

REUSING OUR PLASTIC

We asked Liz if she knew of any useful ways to reuse the plastic bottles we had sitting in our recycle bin. After a day of playing, we walked away with some decorative succulents, a self-watering herb container and a stunning vertical garden all made out of left over plastic!

MAKE IT!

SELF-WATERING HERB GARDEN

SELF-WATERING HERB GARDEN

Liz likes to plant green herbs in her garden like lettuce, spinach and parsley. Using a left over apple juice container, she shows us how to keep parsley on hand in a fantastic self-watering windowsill garden.

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DECORATIVE SUCCULENTS

DECORATIVE SUCCULENTS

Liz uses all sorts of recycled materials to display her succulents around the garden. Our left over plastic containers were perfect to display decorative succulent and pretty up our home.

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VERTICAL HANGING GARDEN

VERTICAL HANGING GARDEN

Liz has lots of space in her garden and plenty of room for a hanging feature. She shows us how to make a vertical hanging garden reusing three plastic soda bottles - a great way to conserve and reuse water.

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Elizabeth said…

I think these are some wonderful ideas. Much more emphasis needs to be placed on REDUCING the amount of disposable plastic items we use in the first place. Recycling alone is not a sustainable model.

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