Upcycling: 7 planters made of packaging waste

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Breaks the packaging waste new life: Why not simply tinker with old plastic bottles, cups or tins planters, instead of disposing of them in the trash bin as usual?

We throw things away all day long: leftovers, plastic, paper. No wonder that we Germans are among the largest waste producers in Europe. According to the Federal Statistical Office, since 2010 more than 400 kilos of waste per capita have been produced each year. The large increase in packaging waste, mostly made of plastic or cardboard, ensures that our garbage mountain is getting bigger. Whether we like it or not, we are part of a throwaway society. Therefore, it is important not to dispose of things in the dustbin, but simply to give them a new task. We introduce you to seven of them.

1. Grooming pots from toilet paper rolls

Cultivation pots made of cardboard rolls

These seeds feel visibly well in their alternative seed pots

Normally, the cardboard rolls of toilet paper and kitchen paper, just like newsprint, land directly in the waste paper. They are a cost-effective alternative to purchased planters for everyone. Newsprint can be easily converted into so-called "paper pots" - and cardboard rolls can also be used as compostable planters.The cardboard rolls are simply cut to the desired size, placed in a culture dish and filled with seed soil.When the seedlings have rooted the soil, they can The rolls are very soft, they can also be easily detached from the root ball and can be disposed of.For a soil in the plant pot press the paperboard first flat, around an edge Then the roll is pressed flat in the opposite direction, creating a square shape.Then the cardboard roll is cut on each edge by about one centimeter and the edges folded, similar to a moving box.Then the cardboard container can be filled with earth and seedlings of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and Co. find their place in it. In general, the plant pots hold in normal watering until the first repot or relocate to the bed.

2. Breeding in the egg carton

Paprika seedlings in an egg carton

The paprika seedlings thrive in the egg box magnificently

From egg cartons can be made a lot, for example, a free seed hopper. Simply cut off the lid and place the lower part in the lid. Now fill in the wells of the egg carton and put the seeds in the soil. Then the wells are still carefully watered or sprayed with water and placed in a bright location. If you want, you can still wrap the egg carton with foil or make it with an old plastic packaging of, for example, grapes or tomatoes to mini-greenhouse. Make sure that excess water can drain away. Once the seedlings are big enough, they can either be pecked or the egg carton cut and put the small plantlets with the cardboard in the ground.

3. From the metal tin to the flower pot

Preserves as planters

A vertical garden of the urban kind, which is particularly suitable for small balconies

Whether as a vase or plant pot: The reusability of canned food, beverage cans and Co. are many. The cans are durable and can be personalized, which is why they are too good for the garbage can. When the metal cans are transformed into flowerpots, it is important to drill a few holes in the soil to drain the water.

4. Planters made of tetra packs

Tetra packs as planters

The planters made of tetra packs can also be stored in a small space. Here: salad, pickle salad, chives and strawberries on the garden fence

Milk or juice bags are typical household waste. But even Tetrapacks can be easily upcycled to the planter and are particularly suitable for smaller plants such as herbs and flowers. So why not just grow easy-care kitchen herbs like basil, chives or rosemary in the empty milk carton? First, the milk or juice bags must be rinsed thoroughly. Then you cut the tetra pack as desired, a few holes in the ground and the planter is ready.

5. Planters made of yogurt cups

Young plants in yogurt cups

Here cabbages are preferred in yogurt cups

Whether you prefer tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables or as a permanent home of cress and herbs: yogurt cups do not have to end up in the garbage right away, but can get a new job. Again, thoroughly wash out and holes in the ground so that the water can drain.If seedlings should be pulled, the yoghurt cups should be covered with a foil. As soon as the seedlings are visible, the foil is pierced with a fork to give air to the young plant. The money saved in this way can be invested, for example, in high-quality seed.

6. Planters made of plastic bottles

Salad in a plastic bottle

Instead of growing in a planter, you can also grow salad and Co. in an old plastic bottle

Of course, all sorts of plastic bottles are also suitable as planters and vases. Not every plastic bottle is a reusable bottle, so why not make something of the disposable product useful? Simply cut the bottle to the desired size. The resulting sharp edge can be smoothed a little with a lighter. Drill holes for draining the irrigation water, the planter is ready!

7. Planters made of plastic bags

Plastic bags as planters

What has been planted here on a large scale can also be easily implemented at home

Plastic bags are known to be a big problem that needs to be tackled. Why not start directly at home and transform the plastic bags into a plant bag? Using a fork or a screwdriver, make enough holes in the bottom of the plastic bag for running water to drain. Now all you have to do is fill in soil and put in a plant of your choice.

Video: Seedlings pique

Seedlings must be pikiert for transplanting in individual pots. Here we show you in the video how to do that.

Video Board: 8 Things You Can Upcycle Into Planters.

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