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Once you've finished off a good bottle of vino you're probably ready to toss it in the trash. But before you go making more junk to put into a landfill, why not get some more use out of the bottle? Consider that it takes over a million years for just one wine bottle to break down in a landfill and you'll see its much easier and more ecological to recycle them than letting them decay.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
For the environmental minded there's a slew of ways that you can enjoy the sauce without cluttering up Mother Earth, so make it your new year's resolution to green up your favorite drink.
One of the more obvious ones, but not always the most straightforward, you can contact local government to find out what sorts of recycling programs are in your area. You can also make use of any curbside pickup you have or look up a nearby drop off center to take your bottles to.
If you pay a bottle deposit in your state, many retailers like Meijer and Walmart have bottle returns at the front or back of the store that make cashing in on the bottle very convenient. In fact, you can check the personalized wine label on most bottles and see what states it can be redeemed in. Just be sure to keep the wine labels intact for automated recycling systems. Without the barcode, you won't be able to get your deposit back.
Don't forget that the corks can also be recycled as well. Yemm& Hart is another green materials company that focuses on recycling cork into other useful products.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Or if you enjoy making your own wine, feel free to wash out the bottle and use it to house your next homemade wine. The great thing about glass bottles is how easy they are to clean and reuse, as just adding a personalized wine label will tell you exactly what's inside.
Go With Boxes
If the idea of it doesn't make you flinch, box wine is far more ecologically friendly in both creation and transportation. Sure it doesn't have that same feel, or give your wine labels for your scrapbook, but it is the greener option over recycling glass. It's also much easier than trying to recycle your wine bottles and is often cheaper to purchase. So if you like your daily glass of wine, this may be a great alternative for the earth and your wallet.
Recycling comes in far more ways than just handing it off to someone else! Wine bottles can be remade into all sorts of decor and even into lovely gifts! Place a color drip candle into the top for an organic and beautiful decoration that can be reused over and over again.
Carefully remove the wine labels to keep a record of your favorites in a wine book or use them as interesting background pieces in scrapbooking. You can even take your favorite wine labels and decoupage them onto an old end table or other item for your wine cellar.
With a glass cutter (and an emphasis on safety) you can remake the bottle into vases, dishes, and even turn them into festive lamps with the right touches. Place a string of mini lights inside to create lighted decor, and keep the corks to use for filler items in other projects. You can even make custom wine labels online to place onto your crafty gifts for a personalized and authentic touch or to put your business name on if you sell them in craft shows.
There are all sorts of ways to reuse wine bottles or to recycle them. So don't just toss them out, make sure that you're making the greener option and recycle those bottles! Whither if it's used for crafts or recycled back into another glass form, Mother Earth is sure to thank you for keeping one more glass bottle out of landfills.