There are many different items that can be made from plastic water bottles, ranging from simple everyday items, including pens and bags, to unique items, such as boats and suits of armor. Some people have found uses for modified plastic water bottles around the home, such as plant watering devices and bird feeders. Lots of imagination has gone into the development of items made from plastic water bottles, and people are continually coming up with new ideas for items that can be made from plastic water bottles.
Items of Clothing
The plastic bottle has been used to make clothing for quite some time, and the most well-known item is probably the polar fleece material used in hats, sweaters, jackets and many other items. In an effort to promote a more environmentally friendly public image, a number of surfing companies have developed boardshorts made from plastic bottles. Innovative fashion designer Alexander Julian developed a graduation gown, a garment that is often worn once and discarded, that is entirely made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Recently, the Pilot Corporation, a pen manufacturer from Japan, has released the Be Green line of pens and pencils. The Bottle to Pen (B2p) uses materials that consist of 89% recycled plastic bottles. Another company using plastic bottles to manufacture their products is ChicoBag, who has a range of bags made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Other common items that are made from plastic bottles include the filler in sleeping bags and some types of carpets.
Some people have used plastic bottles to make things that are completely unique. The ‘Plastiki’ is a boat that was built using 12,500 plastic bottles. David de Rothschild funded the construction of the boat and completed a four month voyage from San Francisco to Sydney in July 2010 using the plastic bottle boat. It is now on display in Sydney’s Maritime Museum. A British man, Richard Sowas, came up with a unique idea for using plastic bottles in 1998. Spiral Island was an actual island that was created by using plastics bottles surrounded by nets to keep it afloat. Unfortunately, a hurricane destroyed Spiral Island in 2005, but Spiral Island II was completed three years later with the use of 100,000 plastic bottles. Another unique but impractical item made out of plastic bottles is a suit of armor designed manufactured by Kosuke Tsmura.
People from all over the world are coming up with new ways to use discarded plastic water bottles every day. Some items are practical, some recreational and others are cosmetic. Bird lovers can make a bird feeder from an empty plastic bottle by simply piercing holes in the side of the bottle near the base, filling with food through the top and hanging the bottle from a tree. Gardeners often use plastic bottles to make improvised plant watering devices while away from the home. This is done by cutting off the bottom of the bottle, removing the bottle cap and pushing the bottle into the ground or plant pot upside down. Once filled with water, the soil will gradually absorb the water.
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