Instead of throwing those plastic bottles away, hold them on an iron. That’s just one of five amazing ways to reuse them.

Remember the days when we used to throw absolutely everything in the garbage and it ended up in a landfill? Fortunately, over the past few decades things have gotten a lot better — paper, glass, and plastic packaging are now being recycled and used to make new products. Plastic bottles are a good example of a recyclable item, and throwing them in the recycling bin instead of the trash really does help the environment. But why not do the recycling part at home and save all the extra work and energy? Here are five nifty ways you can reuse plastic bottles at home...

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Cut a bottle in half, smooth off the cut edge with an iron, and you've got yourself a handy pen holder.

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The top part of the bottle, including the cap, makes a great dispenser for dry goods stored in baggies. 

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Great for camping: with a few precision cuts you can transform a water bottle into a mug.

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Keep your plants alive while you're on vacation with a self-watering pot made from a plastic bottle.

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With a funnel-shaped hole in the cap, a plastic bottle becomes a great squeeze bottle for maple syrup, ketchup, mustard...

Even plastic bottles deserve a second chance! Try it out for yourself and see what kind of plastic bottle inventions you can come up with.

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