Since going towards a more zero waste lifestyle, I have been running into the problem of still somehow getting plastic cups, whether from the occasional trip to McDonald’s or the campus coffee shop. Instead of throwing away these plastic cups, I’ve been trying to find some ways to reuse them in order to save them from going to landfill and giving them a second chance at a useful life. Here are some easy DIYs and alternate uses for those pesky plastic cups.
You can use yarn, like above, washi tape, or acrylic paint to jazz up a plastic cup. Make it your style and use it to declutter your desk of pens, pencils, and all the other bits and bobs that terrorize your productivity.
Flower Pot/Seed Starters
By just poking a few holes in the bottom of a paper or plastic cup, you can create a great home for your leafy friends!
With a few holes and some string, you can hang up a plastic cup bird feeder in a tree or somewhere else outside your window in order to see some amazing birds in your area!
If you still have a plastic cup with a lid, it could work great in storing small things like paperclips, thumbtacks, or even small leftovers of food in the fridge. It may not be a long-term solution, but it could guarantee that the cup gets used more than once before going to landfill.
Reuse as a cup
Another non-permanent solution. Not all plastic cups are created equal. That being said, there are definitely better quality plastic cups from certain places that are made of a much thicker and durable plastic. Consider using these kind of cups in your home as reusable cups for sometime before chucking them in the recycling. You may be surprised just how long they last.
Keep for other crafts
If you are a crafty or artsy person, considering keeping some plastic cups around for when you need them. Whether you need them to hold paint, glue, Mod Podge, etc., it is probably better to get two uses out of the cup besides just one.