"Reuse" - the second in the sustainability trio of R's. Often overlooked and misunderstood, this process is about repurposing our current materials and giving them new life while discovering novel applications beyond their original use. In the hierarchy of the waste management trio, recycling is last. Yet it's the option that is most projected onto the general public. The option to reuse comes before it, and here are some reasons why this step shouldn't be skipped:
First off, reusing delays purchasing costs. Why spend money when you don't have to?
Second, while recycling processes materials into new products, reusing requires little to no process which heavily reduces the waste stream. In addition to this, it causes less pollution since no new products are being manufactured!
Lastly, passing materials on to individuals who otherwise wouldn't have access to them is another great reason to reuse our products.
Here at Liber & Co., we've thought of a few ways to reuse our very own syrup bottles. Here's what we came up with:
This seems like an obvious choice but its a great one! A lot of people already carry personal water bottles with them, and this would be a great addition to the collection. The next time you're looking for a new water bottle try washing our bottle out, taking off the tag if you'd like, and you have a sturdy, sustainable new water bottle!
If you ever find yourself pressed for time but will absolutely need a cocktail at the end of the day, give this a try. Wash out our syrup bottle, add your cocktail ingredients (with water to substitute ice), and put the bottle in the fridge to chill for a few hours. When you're ready, shake it again and enjoy your cocktail to go!
A fun way to reuse our bottles is to turn them into vases! Whether its Baby's Breath, a singular rose, or both, there are many combinations that would look great in any part of the room. If you wanted to take it a step further, turn it into a family arts-and-crafts project and have everyone paint their own vase bottle!
If you want a detailed guide on how to do this you can check out this article:
Essentially, all you need to do is wash out our bottle, mix your non-scented and scented oils in a bowl, pour into the empty bottle, and add wooden reeds or skewers. This is an extremely easy way to liven up a space. Not only will your room smell good, but it'll look great as another small item of decor.
If you're going away for a few days but know your plants need extra care, try turning our bottles into plant nannies. This works great with both indoor and outdoor plants. You can wash our bottle, remove the label if you'd like, make a hole in the cap, fill the bottle with water, and place where you need it! Here's an article if you wish to do it without a cap:
All of these ideas are easy and make a bigger impact on the environment than you think! Passing these items onto others will have an impact not only on our environment but also on the individuals who receive them. And of course, we'd LOVE to see you try these ideas out. If you do, make sure to tag us on Instagram @liberandco so we can show you some love!