Re-use is better than recycling and below you will find examples of human whimsy, creativity and skill put to good use for the benefit of individuals and the planet.
Chopstick wine rack
Chopstick fruit basket
Tennis ball chair
bike tire chair
Bottle cap chair
door for hanging pics and clothes
Apple cat bed
Bench by Misato Kuga, Photo by Katsumi Kasahara, Tokyo, Japan
bicycle chain chandelier
Ping pong ball chandelier
crutch globe holder
Umbrellas provide shade on street in Portugal
Teapot planter and jeans dogbed
The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina.
Many thanks to Carol for getting me started on this subject by forwarding great examples.
And to How to Recycle for many of the additional images. I’ve picked my favorites to share but there are countless more ideas and photos if you want to browse for yourself.