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originally posted by: blend57
Wanted: Creative Ideas for Reusing/Recycling Plastic Bottles
I've been saving my plastic bottles these last few weeks. What happened was I wanted to make a canoe out of plastic bottles (only need 275 roughly, I got 50). But then I read a bit more on the project and you also need about $50 worth of adhesive and it took him roughly 6 months to collect the bottles...for a boat that floats, but also takes on some water. Although I really want to do the project, I decided to check out some alternatives, because, you know, I have at least 6 months before I would be able to build it.
So, I went looking for other projects I could do. There were a lot of crafts for single bottle uses. Things like irrigation systems for plants, bird feeders, lights, aquariums, vertical gardens, etc... But none of them jumped out at me like the canoe.
I did find some other innovative ideas though...one fairly interesting project was using them in building homes . They state at the link that the house pictured above used 8000 plastic bottles and freed up 12 cubic meters in a landfill. Most of these house building projects are being done in places like Honduras, Columbia, and Bolivia, and apparently plastic bottles are pretty much indestructible and perfect material for building.
The only other thing I saw I wanted to do was a greenhouse, but it seems like it would be too big a project to do on my own (maybe not, but it seems that way). And I thought maybe, just maybe, someone on ATS might know of a fun project that I can start with the bottles I do have. I don't care if it takes me a few months to collect the bottles, I just want a project I can start now and continuously add to. So I can see the progress as I go without messing up the actual process of building it.
Has anyone come up with a creative way to re-purpose plastic bottles? Anything that maybe wasn't mentioned or maybe you tried one of the other projects and can speak to how good or bad it worked? Any ideas/help would be appreciated...
As always, thanks for reading....