Using a watering can instead of a hose is a good way to save water when you're watering plants. We've gathered up a list of the best eco-friendly watering cans, from those made with recycled materials to Nicolas Le Moigne's cool design for a spout that attaches to a reused water bottle. There's also a DIY project to turn a laundry bottle into a sprinkling can. Details after the jump.
Shown above, from left to right:
1. Nicolas LeMoigne cleverly designed this spout to attach to any standard water bottle so you can keep reusing it. Available from ViceVersa in Italy.
2. The Water Logged watering can is made from strong recycled HDPE plastic. Available from Sprout Home for $18.
3. Also made from recycled plastic, the Teapot Watering can is another option cute enough to leave on display. Available from Greener Grass Design for $8 (currently out of stock).
4. The Recycled Sheet Metal Watering Can is made from packaging waste and Fair Trade certified. Available at Real Goods for $15.95.
5. The blog "Hawaii Gardening" has great instructions for turning an empty laundry detergent bottle into a watering can (it's pretty simple-- just drill tiny holes in the cap-- but works really well). Check out the video on their blog to see it in action.
No matter what type of watering can you use, you can save water by watering outside plants at night (so less water evaporates) and by using leftover water (like filling up a jug at your sink when you're waiting for water to warm up).