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February 14, 2012

Repurpose Your Plastic: Plastic-Cup Lamp

Plastic lamp

In the immortal words of Mr. McGuire from The Graduate: "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. . . . Are you listening? . . . Plastics." This week, we'll provide tips on how to reuse and recycle everyday plastic items.

Tip #2: Create a Stylish Lamp from Plastic Cups

Advance warning: Plastic at high temperatures can melt and/or smell absolutely terrible, so make sure you are using a lower-temperature bulb. Conserve energy by turning off the lamp when you leave the room.

This idea comes from A Bit of Green, who gives original credit to The Art Foundation (taf) in Greece. Of course, we know that you always opt for reusable, eco-friendly glassware, but if your not-so-green neighbor has just thrown a massive kegger and you find hundreds of plastic cups littering the ground, save them from the landfill by crafting this simple, architectural beauty. All you need are the cups, a stapler, a bulb, and a lamp holder. 

--photo courtesy of A Bit of Green

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