REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE
Statistics About Plastic Bottles Harmful Effects
According to the Earth Policy Institute: Food and Agriculture, in 1976 Americans drank nearly 1.6 gallons/person of bottled water throughout a year. Now, years 37 later this number has increased to 30 gallons/person. Bottled water can cost anywhere from 240 to 10,000 times more than tap water.
Bottled water also requires millions of barrels of oil per year and added the added negative effects of large scale transportation releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide. Not to mention the profit it's giving to manipulative Oil Companies that hit you hard at the pump!
Recycling rates for bottled water is low with only about 13 percent being converted into other products like fleece clothing, carpeting, decking, playground equipment and new containers and bottles.
|Indoor Plants- Terrarium|
- One 2-liter bottle of soda (with cap)
- Potting Soil
- A handful of small stones or pebbles
- A Marker
- Seeds or seedlings
Step 1: Draw a line around the bottle about six inches up and cut the bottle along the line.
Step 2: Place a cup full of pebbles about 1-2 inches deep in the bottom section of the bottle.
Step 3: Place the other materials in the bottle in the following order:
charcoal > moss > soil
If you are just using soil fill to 1 inch from the top.
Step 4: Plant 6 to 10 seeds and as they grow remove the weak ones. You can leave the 2 or 3 best ones.
Water your terrarium before placing the top on until the soil is moist but not saturated.
|Recycled Plastic Terrarium|
Step 5: Place on the top and give yourself a pat on the back!
Taking Care of Your Soda Bottle Terrarium
When it comes to your terrarium pay attention to these two important factors:
- the amount of sunlight it gets
- the amount of water that is inside.
For watering look at the soil in the terrarium. It only needs to be moist but not soaked or dry. Water should evaporate to form beads inside near the top edge. These condensation will drip down the sides and help maintain water saturation in the soil. If it get too wet take the top off and leave it open for a day or two.
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