posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 01:21 PM
reply to post by Starwise
While many of the ideas are cool. I think they should be collected and recycled. The reason is that these materials when heated release toxic
chemicals, then rains down into the soil... for example....Here is a link that talks about the different recycling numbers on bottom of bottle or
container..worth the read.
Actually, PETE and HDPE plastics are low-leach plastics. The one you want to be careful with is PVC, which can leach chlorine. Of course, that's not
really as big as issue as one might expect, because we regularly add chlorine to water anyway.
The biggest thing one should take away from your source
is that the word "plastic" covers a huge range of products. Saying "plastics are toxic" is like saying "cars are blue"... some are, and some
aren't. All a 'plastic' is, is a material composed of polymer chains, and most polymer chains are hydrocarbon-based (just like all life on the
planet). Typically it is the chemicals used to terminate the chains (like chlorine in PVC) that are the problem.
A good example is "partially hydrogenated soybean oil", a major part of many of the processed foods we all eat. All oils are hydrocarbon-based
polymer chains, and the hydrogenation is a method which uses compressed hydrogen gas to merge these chains together into longer chains: a plastic. It
is certainly not toxic, although it is not exactly healthy either; it is inert and is not absorbed by the digestive system.
Drink bottles are awesome things. I have used them for funnels and buckets for years, and am considering making a pontoon boat out of them. They are
good to about 100 psi, seal well, are plentiful, cheap, and stable, and last forever and a day. Great thread!