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I reuse soda bottles that have been cleaned and dried to store rice, oatmeal, cornmeal, and such.
Please don't! Most cheap plastic containers contain the dangerous chemical "Phthalate", according to Dr. Douglas, @ realhealth healthiernews.com. He says it causes boys to have breasts and worse! He recommends instead to use glass, regardless! Even if you have done this, it's too risky to continue because of this alone, so stop and change over. Here's a copy from his latest newsletter re this problem:
" Conspiracy or no, there's still an all-out assault on the male population. Men are exposed to estrogen at every turn, from birth to the grave - and we're only just beginning to feel the effects. From low sperm counts, to increased testicular cancers, to increased numbers of homosexuals, men are fighting a losing battle.
I've already warned you about soy and BPA. Now, there's another chemical to avoid at all costs.
The latest research links phthalates, a common chemical found in plastics, to abnormal breasts in boys -- a "budding" problem today. (Heck, some of these feminized little lads should be fitted for training bras!)
When researchers compared 40 boys with abnormal breast growth to 21 boys without the condition, they found that the boys with boobs had between 2.8 and 25 times the levels of phthalates than those with normal flat chests.
Because phthalates soften plastics, they're in everything from shower curtains to plastic wrap to food containers. They're also used to stabilize scents -- which means you find them in fragrance-based products like perfume and shampoo.
So what should you do? For starters, the less plastic you use, the better. Whenever you can, stick to products that come in glass containers. And if you're eating food from the perimeter of your grocery store, you won't have to worry as much about the chemicals from the cans and jars.
If you stop purchasing products that contain phthalates, the manufacturers will take notice. BPA is a perfect example of that.
Even though the FDA has refused to regulate this cancer- causing, estrogen-mimicking toxin, more and more manufacturers are voluntarily doing away with it - not because they care about your health, but because they're focused on the bottom line.
But does it really matter why? For you, the end result is the same. -Wm. Campbell Douglass, II, MD. "
I'm tossing all I've collected that are pop bottles, and worse. I hope you will also. Convenient storage containers are not worth the risk of cancer, he says!
I came up with this idea last week while drinking a Pepsi and staring at the bottle.
Approximate Time: An hour or more, depending on what is used for decorations.
Knot all the things you sew on in the back of the felt strip.
By Mary from Palm Coast, FL
What a nifty idea! I love it!
I save these wonderful little plastic bottles from teas and "ice" drinks. I also have my friends and family save these wonderful coffee containers. When moving, I found that four fit inside the other, and the brain started thinking.
I recycle plastic bottles by filling them with tap water, freezing, and then using to line plastic grocery bags when I go on a picnic or long car journey. Food and other drinks stay cold and you have extra water for emergencies or to save on buying junk drinks en route.
I cut the top off plastic soda bottles to use them as funnels. It has been a handy addition in the kitchen for me and the garage for my husband. I use the bottoms to start plants, organize my numerous small items in my craft room, or hold change at the end of the day.
When I send out cuttings to friends, of plants that propagate easily, I take a 2 liter cola plastic bottle and cut around the top to make a planter. I drill little holes in the bottom for drainage, tear the wrapper off, and decorate it with permanent markers.
This past summer our hummingbird feeder was attracting more bees than birds. My husband cut the top off a regular sized soda bottle. He put it on the same rod that holds our humming bird feeder and it attracted a lot of bees. Once the bees found their way in they couldn't get out.
I made these bowling pins out of empty 24 oz. pop bottles. I used clear and green bottles. Any sized bottle will work.
This is a guide about making a zipper plastic bottle container. Make a cute, functional container from a recycled plastic bottle and a zipper.
I thought this was such a neat idea.You can use a bottle to fill with little gifts, or in place of loot bags, or baby shower novelties. You can use a small or a 2 litre, depending on what you're putting into the bottle.
10 Ways to Reuse a 20 oz. Plastic Soda Bottle. 1. Cut down to top of soda label. Either spray paint or decorate and you have a small cut flower vase. 2. First, secure long elastic band at bottom of label with glue or duct tape.
I lately have been finding many ways to reuse plastic milkjugs and soda bottles. Here are just two new ways we can reuse them.
Two liter pop bottles are handy for transporting punch or other drinks to a party without worrying about spilling. They can be laid on their side in a refrigerator if there is not room to set them upright. I also freeze water in them for ice for our camper cooler.
It is always so hot here in the summer and I like to have flowers and vegetables on my deck and in the yard, but can't afford the water bills to keep them watered between times of rain.
When I'm done with the larger bottles I take a pair of old scissors and cut the top 1/3 off. What I'm left with is a bottom part that I use as a vase or a planter to start cuttings or seeds, and the top half is just the right size and shape to use as a funnel to add oil or tranny fluid to your car.
This is the link for a craft which uses recycled bottles/jugs to make cat litter scoops!
You can use the plastic bottles to store homemade drinks in. I use them for storing homemade wine or beer in. Some people prefer glass for this, but it works for me. I have never had plastic explode, as glass sometime will under the pressure of the yeast.
This is a great way to reuse plastic bottles and save money on power. In the United States this idea could be used in sheds, chicken coops, or any structure with a tin roof. These plastic bottle lights create an amazing amount of light without any electricity. What a great idea and such a touching story. I hope you enjoy.
By StellaBella from Manchester, WA
I reallly did enjoy the story and just a simple solution to a bad problem. I thought this would be a good teaching aid and a fun project to do with my grandson. We could both learn from the project.
Thanks for sharing this video.
Don't throw that soda bottle away, find a way to use it around the house or yard. Here is a video with 8 great tips on other uses for a 2 liter bottle.
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Does anyone have any uses for used plastic soda pop bottles?
I am looking for a recipe for making Santas out of 2 liter soda bottles. I cannot seem to find the instructions for the clothing which I believe is made from old tea towels and some sort of stiffening agent. I would so appreciate any help anyone can provide. Many Thanks for a great site.
Susan McArthur dmcarthur4 AT cogeco.ca
I have cut the top and bottom of 2-litter pop bottles cut from the top to the bottom to make a large rectangle. On this I paint fishes that I then cut out and hang unto a wire hanger that I rounded up into a mobile for my grandchildren. Use fishing line of different length to hang the fishes. Very bright and colorful. I use patio paint if it is for outside and acrylic paint if it is for inside. You can also paint pretty flowers from your plastic rectangles. Try it.
Is it safe to re-use plastic bottles bought originally with soda in them?
My grandson is 7 and I don't want to use them if it is not safe to do so.
Thanking you for reading.
I don't reuse plastic containers for anything but craft or office storage. I think something leeches out of those containers. I have re-used them to freeze water in them to use as ice packs for small ice chests but hate to drink out of them after that. I even hate to use 'tupperware' type containers. I use glass for all my storage (saving pickle jars, etc) and even put water in them in the refrigerator to take. I know the glass is dangerous but have not broken one yet!
Litter Gitter, and I love the idea of using a straw in one! Thanks so much for sharing that!
I need ideas for crafting and reusing plastic bottles?
By Geri V.
I have heard that you can do this:
-Cut a hole at the base, so the wrapper is at the top, but don't throw the top away!
-Peel the wrapper off
-Paint the whole bottle white
-stick a flashlight in the bottle, making sure a hole is cut out for the power button
-tape the top back on, making sure the light can shine through, then paint the bottle white except for the cap part
-take the cap off, and cover it with plastic wrap so the light can shine through.
Tada! Hope this works, I found it on a website a while back.
Hi I ran across this today & thought it might help you, 25 ideas for bottles.
I found it inspirational. Let us know what you make!
How do I melt and reshape 2 liter pop bottles?
I am thinking of soaking my garden by melting small holes in soda jugs with my leather burning tool ( a flame to a needle or screwdriver might do as well), then sinking the jugs right side up to their necks into the garden dirt near the plants with about 3 inches exposed above ground.
Then I would fill the jugs with water daily, replacing the lids to prevent evaporation. I would just uncap and fill them each day to get a deep soak. I figure the jugs might serve to heat the ground as well, as the air in them warms from the sun. I am opting for soda jugs as they take up less space than milk jugs would. Any thoughts on this? Does it sound worth trying?
With the bottle sitting right side up drill a 1/16 inch hole in the side of the bottle below the little collar just below the cap. Cut the bottom off of the soda bottle most have a ring about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom cut there. With the cap on bury the bottle upside down in the ground up to where the bottle starts getting its biggest roundness if your dirt is real loose you may need to bury it a little deeper. With the bottle sitting up right the drilled hole under the collar keeps the hole from getting stop up with dirt and it lets the water drain on real slow. Doing them this way makes them a lot easier and quicker to fill and not that much water will evaporate. I have tried different numbers of holes at different places but this works best.
As long as you buy the bottles. We have strong winds and if you just place the bottles on top of the dirt, they will blow away once the water level decreases.
Do you have instructions for making a coffee urn drip catcher out of a 2 liter plastic bottle?
Do you have instructions for making a coffee urn drip catcher out of a 2 liter plastic bottle?