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In honor of Earth Day, here are over 50 awesome ways to recycle and repurpose discards like plastics, old furniture, and more into great new stuff!

Easy ways to recycle trash into treasures (Happy Earth Day!)


In honor of Earth Day, here are over 50 awesome ways to recycle and repurpose discards like plastics, old furniture, and more into great new stuff!

The first Earth Day was held 47 years ago, on April 22, 1970, and continues to remind us of our responsibilities (both as individuals and nations) to make our world a better place for all of us.

So today, in honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share some fun ways we can all do our part to save the planet.

This year’s Earth Day Global 2017 theme is: Environmental & Climate Literacy.

The goal, from the official Earth Day website  ( is:

The featured event idea for Earth Day 2017 is a teach-in. Teach-ins will educate your community about environmental issues and empower your community to take informed civic action to protect the environment.

Plant a tree.

Yeah, so this one was a no-brainer.  When the builders built my neighborhood 15 years ago, they landscaped and planted trees in the front yards, but the backyards were just grass.  So 4 years ago, we planted a 6 ft. sycamore tree.  It’s gotten much taller and now gives great shade.  It even loses its leaves in the winter (one of the few that do that here in Florida) so it’s nice to see those new leaves pop out in the spring.

Here’s what it looked like the day we planted it:

Plant a tree for Earth Day!

And here it is now (with new leaves just coming on)

(To give you perspective, that is a 4-ft. high fence next to it.)

Sycamore tree 2017

Recycle old items into awesome new ones!

Here is a cute cell phone holder made from a lotion bottle.

Great project for a teen. Here are some other ways to organize your house for free!

I don’t know about you, but we tend to always have LOTS of plastic spoons at my house.

There are so many awesome crafts to make with plastic spoons.  Look at some of these!

10 clever crafts using plastic spoons

Looking for an inexpensive craft idea? Here are 10 clever crafts using plastic spoons including flowers, lamps, Christmas trees, and gorgeous wreaths!

How about a great new tote bag from a tank top?

There are so many ways to use plastic grocery bags.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Be the envy of the neighborhood with these gorgeous outdoor lights.

Tons of plastic garbage bags? How about a couple of domed lids from your to-go drinks? Make these awesome outdoor lights!

Learn how to make “plarn” and crochet with garbage bags!

First, here is how to make “plarn” – plastic yarn from grocery bags.

Look at this great bag!

Can you believe this purse is made from grocery bags? It is!

How about recycling an old door into a great corner shelf?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I love to repurpose items.

Here are some previous posts with even more ways to recycle and repurpose.

10 ways to repurpose a baby crib

Have an old crib and don't know what to do with it? I love repurposing items so here are 10 great ways to repurpose a baby crib.

16 fabulous ways to repurpose old dresser drawers

Creative ways to repurpose old dresser drawers.

Use recycled boxes to organize your junk drawer

Organize your junk drawer with recycled boxes! An easy way to re-organize a junk drawer without spending any extra money and do some recycling, to boot!

Save money by re-growing food

Produce has become so expensive! Here is how to save money by re-growing food to save money and always have fresh produce on hand!

Awesome ways to recycle cereal boxes

Awesome ways to recycle cereal boxes - including storage for kitchen, bedroom and office. Even wall art and as a lamp! Really!

So I hope you found some good ways to celebrate Earth Day today!

Earth Day 2017

Let me know other ways you have found to reduce, reuse, and recycle. And share this post with friends and family so they can celebrate, too.

~ Pam

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