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Reusing PET and PP Films: DIY Guide for Creative Plastic Projects

As the planet grows hotter, single-use plastics continue to be a growing concern. According to UNEP, around 36 percent of plastics are used in single-use packaging, including food and beverage containers. Out of that percentage, approximately 85 percent ends up as unregulated waste or in landfills.

Before you toss out those empty PET water bottles or PP-based food containers, consider giving them a second life! With a little creativity, you can transform everyday plastic packaging into unique and functional products for your home. By reusing these packaging materials, you will be able to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and save money on craft supplies.

Here are three DIY project ideas you can do with single-use plastics found in your home.

  • DIY Plant Pots: If you live in Southeast Asia, you might have seen flower pots made of plastic bottles sitting on the top of your neighbor’s fence or windowsill. Flower pots are also the easiest way to reuse single-use PET bottles. All you need are PET bottles, a pair of scissors, markers, and a boxcutter or a drill. You can start by marking the body of the bottle and cutting it off to make room for some soil and plants. Don’t forget to smoothen the edges so you won’t hurt yourself and create holes in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to drain out. You can also use paint, fabric, and other materials to decorate these pots.

  • Reusable Grocery Bags: To make these grocery bags, you will need to cut the top and bottom parts of used coffee or detergent packages. Then, clean them out and dry them properly to prevent bacteria buildup. Determine parts you’d like to use as the face of your bag, then fold them inwards to create rings. You can combine these strips by weaving them together until they form a bag. You can use these sachets to make the handle or use ribbons and rope you have around the house.

  • Ecobricks: Found by Canadian artist Russell Maier, ecobricks are made of large PET bottles and single-use plastic waste found in your home. All you need to do is wash and dry all the bottles and plastic waste that you will use to create these bricks. Then, fill the bottles with your plastic waste by cutting them into small pieces. Next, squeeze this plastic waste into the bottom of the bottle using a stick or spoon and fill it up until the bottle is full. Make sure the bottle is solid, do not leave any void or air in between each layer of plastic waste. Finally, close the lid of the bottle and secure it tightly to get your first ecobrick.

To create a more eco-friendly product, PT Argha Karya Prima Industry Tbk has developed the mono-material concept — where all of their products are produced using one type of recyclable polypropylene material. This method lowers the number of materials mixed into the film, making it easier to recycle after use. The mono-material method does not mean sacrificing product quality, as all Argha products have good quality thickness and are versatile enough for digital printing needs.

For more information on these eco-friendly films and their unique characteristics, visit PT Argha Karya Prima Industry Tbk ( today.


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