Upcycling is another way to help reduce waste. Upcycling occurs when you take an object you would normally throw away and make something new and useful, or just beautiful, with it. Even objects that can’t be recycled can sometimes be upcycled. In addition to keeping some trash out of the landfills, upcycling allows you to frugally create things you might have otherwise bought in the store and gives you craft projects you can do in your spare time or with your kids. It’s a great way to personally recycle some household items you would otherwise throw away.
One such thing that can be upcycled are soda cans. Most households throw away hundreds of soda cans in a year. Just drinking one 12-pack of soda per week for a year results in 624 empty soda cans. Soda cans at least can be recycled, but you can also upcycle some of them into useful and fun items yourself. Check out three of these creative upcycles for soda cans in the video.
All three ideas were pretty brilliant, but all had their drawbacks as well. The planters look particularly cute, but some people might be concerned with having aluminum so close to plants, and some plants may need drainage holes in the bottle to remove excess water and make the plants healthy.
The caddy was ultra-cute, but if you weren’t into the look of the plain cans, you could also spray paint them to dress them up.
For the votive candle holders, Coke (diet, zero, or classic) cans are required to have the fun name displayed on the side, but the candle holders would still be ultra cute even if they were completely covered in spray paint.