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.
We don't worry about what to do with plastic soda bottles, and they never reach the landfill. All our sodas, when purchased, have a recycle fee added 5 or ten cents depending on size of bottle (and aluminum cans, plastic & glass water & juice bottles, etc.). When returned to a recycler, we get our money back--it's as simple as that. (Some of you may remember the old "no deposit no return" days that followed the deposits charged on bottles, glass in those days--and we returned 'em to the retailer for our deposit back.) And other recyclable glass & plastic that doesn't have a recycle fee added? We have a recycler that pays for them as well. Not as much as the "paid deposit" ones, but something's better'n nothing, especially these days!
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.
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 think that with today's standards, that these bottles are safe to use. I've done it for years and my family that includes three sons, (all in their 40's now) are fine and never grew body parts they weren't suppose to. :)
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!
My daughter and I are going to have so much fun doing this project! Thanks for sharing =)
Camping and picnic season is upon us. If you are diabetic like me, you could separate your sugar free drinks or water in the coolers like this. You can also keep your condiments from rolling around in there this way, too. You can fill them to about 1/2 inch from the top and freeze them, making them the perfect ice chest cooler that won't melt all over everything. I would put them all in the coffee canister before you put them in the freezer as they might expand.
We should all carry water in our cars over the hot months, and this would sit up in a crate a lot better than a gallon jug would. I found that they are pretty tight in there, so even if it rolled around they would not come out as easy.
I can't imagine anyone needing that many buttons or beads for travel, but if you did, they are a lot more reliable than zip locks.
So, how many things can you all come up with to help us all stay thrifty and organized? Tag - you're it!
By Sandi from Salem OR
Perhaps, but to each his own. Some of us can be a bit too clinical, technical, or down right cynical. I agree with Beth, I could do more harm to myself by taking a walk, breathing in exhaust, and buying a coffee out of a styrofoam cup!
I think this would also be a great way to bring cut flowers from the garden to the house. The container wouldn't tip over and the flowers would stay hydrated till you are ready to arrange. Anne
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.
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.
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.
I made these bowling pins out of empty 24 oz. pop bottles. I used clear and green bottles. Any sized bottle will work.
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.
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.
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'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.
Does anyone have any uses for used plastic soda pop bottles?
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.
You can do a great floating construction for cool water fun activities.
You need:120 plastic 2L bottles, duct tape, scissors, any hard light cover (plastic, plywood, etc, for instance, your old table cover)
Preparation: Make sure all the bottles are empty and caps are put on tightly.
Put 10 plastic bottles on the floor in a row, side to side and stick them together with duct tape. Make 11 more rows - twelve in total.
Make the first level from 6 rows and stick them together with duct tape. Make the second level the same way.
Stick both levels together by duck tape.
Put the hard light cover (plastic, plywood, etc, for instance, your old table cover) on top and tape it on with duct tape to two levels of plastic bottles.
It can hold up to 2 grown up people and will most likely become your best water friend.
check the pictures here: http://livegreenstyle.com/go-green- ... ng-project-from-plastic-pop-bottles/
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.
If you knit or crochet, an empty 2-liter soda bottle is useful. Cut off the bottom and place a skein of yarn into it, after you've started the skein from the middle, and feed the yarn through the bottle neck.
Is it safe to re-use plastic bottles bought originally with soda in them?