How to Reuse Empty Soda Cans

Cans are infinitely recyclable – take that plastic! – which means that most new cans are made of old ones. Taking your cans to a recycling center might put a few extra pennies in your pocket. But why not re-purpose aluminum cans (or single-use plastics) instead? Environmental shepherds like yourself know the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” While we can’t help you with the reduction part until our growler fills are up, we’ve found some do-it-youself projects on how to reuse your beverage containers. After all, reusing canned drinks might be better than recycling.

Here is how to reuse empty soda cans :

  • Protect your young plants – To protect your young garden plants from cutworms, place can with both ends removed into earth and plant. Plant inside can be sure to remove paper label.
  • Make your big garden planters more portable – Rather than making your planter super heavy and filling it completely with soil. Stack the bottom 1/3 to a 1/3 with upside down cans and then pack soil on top. Now you can move around your planter anytime.
  • Make office pen/pencil holders – Simply remove the top part, clean insides and wrap exterior with wallpaper.
  • Incense stick holder – Make incisions 1/2 way up from bottom of soda can and fold outward. Place in bottom of larger empty food can. Place incense stick upright inside soda can opening.
  • DIY Ashtray – Cut top of soda can (about 1 inch off) and cut vertically down length of can into 8 even strips. Fold strips outward like star burst and then fold strip into adjacent strip.
  • DIY Lantern – By cutting slightly curving slits along length of can, you can make your own mini-lantern.
  • Soda Tab Jewellery – Collect many soda tabs to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other accessories.
  • Portable mini stove for Camping – You can make your own light weight and portable cooking stove out of 2 empty aluminium soda cans.

Reference : https://img.wonderhowto.com/img/81/72/63506887007975/0/8-refreshing-ways-recycle-empty-soda-cans-into-cool-new-things.w1456.jpg

15 Comments Add yours

  1. BriN says:

    That was innovative! I liked the DIY lantern idea!😁

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    1. GS says:

      Yes it is so innovative.

      Like

  2. Arjun says:

    Excellent stuff. I mostly turn my single use plastic containers into tiny homes for plants. Glad to see someone else engaging to protect the environment.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Arjun. By reusing an item, it doesn’t end up in a landfill. … Reusing isn’t just about keeping the same containers and deciding that you’ve done something good for the environment; it’s about continually reducing your waste and cleaning materials so that these reusable items consistently mitigate your carbon footprint.

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      1. Arjun says:

        Completely agree. I am a part of the ocean cleanup team but the problem starts much earlier. We need to cut off plastic entering our oceans and landfills to begin with. And this is a good way in my opinion. Everyone like to have plants at home but they always buy the pots from a store. By using plastic waste you generate anyway from ice cream tubs, cookie boxes etc, you firstly generate less garbage and secondly save a buck here and there. I really hope this catches on.

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      2. GS says:

        Let’s hope so 🙏🏼

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  3. What a clever idea 😊. I think I will try this out in my home too 😊

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    1. GS says:

      According to the National Park Service (NPS) website, last year, 36 billion aluminum cans were buried in landfills. That amount of scrap metal is worth over $600 million. NPS notes that if we don’t improve our can recycling habits, we’ll be forced to mine our landfills for aluminum in the years to come. Luckily, 50% of cans produced today are made up of recycled aluminum. But if you’re looking to repurpose aluminum cans within your home, more power to you! As long as you’re recycling and reusing, you’re doing a good thing.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked the post.

      Like

  4. Sustain blog says:

    Empty Soda cans are given a new life. A good post!

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    1. GS says:

      You can reuse aluminum cans to create an RFID-proof wallet, a fully functioning stove on a camping trip or a tote bag. When you can’t reuse an aluminum can, recycle it. Aluminum is part of a closed recycling loop; it can be continually recycled into new cans.

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      1. Sustain blog says:

        Yes, it’s great to recycing with Aluminium

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