Hi, my name is Ngozi and as much as I hate to say it, I too find myself dropping that plastic cup in the recycling bin way too often. I can’t even recall the last time that this was done with a second thought or even a spark of creativity of what could possibly come out of it. I hope I’m not the only one. And the worst thing is that I actually thought I was doing the world a huge favor when I would round up everybody’s trash and make my way to the recycling bin instead of the trash can. What I did not realize was that I could be doing so much more by finding another purpose for it instead. This is the idea of re-purposing. I didn’t realize that even though I actually am doing something to help the environment, the impact is not the same as finding another use for it, and prolonging the life of that object.
After making this connection, I did what any sensible person would do. I Googled it. I went to Google with the purpose in mind of finding ideas that are not only fast and easy, but also things that I would actually do. There are too many times when I see really cool ideas for really cool things that I just know I’d never do. So on my journey through the world of Google, I searched for re-purposing ideas for something that not only I, but most of my friends, regularly use: plastic cups.
From the link below, there are 12 really creative and quite unusual ways to re-purpose a plastic cup. Some obviously require more dedication and time, like the Plastic Cup Chandelier, while others are fairly easy and don’t need ANY type of construction or remodeling, such as The Individual Cupcake Holder. It’s literally a cupcake in a clear plastic cup! You can wrap it up and give it as a gift. Why haven’t I thought about this before? (That would have came in handy for quite a few forgotten birthdays) It’s so simple, yet so creative and inexpensive. That has to definitely be my favorite out of the 12 ideas, right next to The Mini Lampshades.
All of these ideas are actually capable of being done, and aren’t just really cool ideas for really cool things that I see on the computer and that will stay on the computer. Anybody can do it. Re-purpose something you use in just two (or three) easy steps. So first step, go out and find something that you use once and then throw away regularly. Second step, find another purpose for it. And if the creative juices just aren’t flowing and you can’t come up with ideas, for your alternative third step, do what I did and Google it! It’s really that easy.