Dress up your garden with colorful wine bottles.

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According to A Recycling Revolution, every year we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill a giant skyscraper. The energy that could be saved from recycling one glass bottle could provide 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution. One glass wine bottle takes 4,000 years or more to decompose - longer if it sits in a landfill. Ouch!

When you haul your wine bottles to the recycling center, what happens to all that glass? Much of it goes into making more glass bottles. The glass gets broken up into smaller pieces called cullet and used to make more glass.

If your recycling bin overfloweth with too many wine bottles, you probably should take a long hard look at your drinking habits, and then go out and assess how you can put those bottles to good use in your garden. Those sturdy colorful bottles provide the perfect material for upcycled projects for your garden.