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13 Surprising Things Made With Recycled And Reused Plastics

Wouldn't it be great if you had the power to transform into something else? Well...bad news. You can't. But plastics can, and they do! Check out all the wonderful things that happen when you give plastic a second chance.

1. Super-sturdy jackets.

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Material in jackets like this can be made from recycled PET plastic soda bottles. And just look how warm and comfy this guy is!

2. Awesome plastic chairs.

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Chairs like these in Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam can be made with recycled high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) -- the same type of plastic that milk jugs are made of!

3. Outdoor decking.


The polyethylene plastic wraps, films, and bags that you use to keep your food fresh every day can be recycled at stores and used to make gorgeous things like this wood deck from Trex.

4. These kids' soccer jerseys.

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Each one of these jerseys is made out of eight two-liter bottles!

5. Reusable tableware.

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Sometimes you just want to add a little pizazz to your tableware collection. Tough sets of plasticware like these are good for hundreds of uses and are made from recycled polypropylene from items like yogurt cups, hummus tubs, and margarine containers.

6. Nifty cutting boards.

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Recognize this cutting board? You should! It's made from recycled HDPE plastic milk jugs.

7. An awesome building.

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This exhibition hall in Taipei is made with reused plastic bottles!

8. More art!

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This hypnotic piece — Plastic Bags by Pascale Marthine Tayou — is made of (surprise!) reused plastic bags.

9. Silky soft shirts.

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Shirts like the ones these guys are wearing use a special polyester blend that's made of recycled PET plastic bottles.

10. Cool toys.

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This toy dump truck is made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic milk containers.

11. Giant lantern.

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This lantern installation in Hong Kong is called Rising Moon and was built with over 7,000 reused plastic bottles!

12. Environmentally friendly board shorts.

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Board shorts just like these can be made from a special polyester made out of recycled plastic bottles!

13. This adorable owl:

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If you look closely, you can see that this weeble-wobble owl is made almost entirely out of crocheted plastic grocery bags!

Facts from Recycle Everywhere and WasteCare.

There's so much more your plastics can do when you give them a second chance! So recycle your plastics and visit to learn more!