What about those pesky plastic water bottles?
They are convenient. We’ve all tried using alternative reusable plastic or metal water containers. There are simple, practical inexpensive models, and upscale designer types. But, no matter how diligent you may be in your daily routine, there are times that buying bottled water is unavoidable. Been there; done that. So, what to do about those empty bottles when you do purchase water in a disposable plastic container?
- Crumpled bottles make good filler “gravel” in the bottom of a large planter. This method works especially well with tall pots. The bottles take up lots of space and make the filled pot lighter in weight. You thus, save money as you will need less potting soil to fill the pot or planter. An even more efficient use of bottles in this manner is to put the cap back on the bottle after you have crumpled it – no dirt or water will seep into the bottle.
- Reuse your plastic water bottle in the summer to chill the water in your chickens’ water dispenser. Re-fill the bottle with water and freeze it over night. Most single serving water bottles will fit into the opening of a chicken waterer. The melting ice will keep the water cool throughout a warm afternoon.
- For little kids – collect 10 of the same type/brand of bottle, paint them white with a red ring around the middle; use an old tennis ball – homemade bowling set.
- And, you health fanatics and workout nuts – Make hand weights by filling two empty plastic water bottles with something heavy such as aquarium gravel or sand, depending on the desired heft. Put the caps back on and use a hot glue gun for a permanent seal.
If you stare at something long enough and let your imagination run wild, you can come up with all kinds of things. These are just a few suggestions along the “Johnny Appleseed Inspired” trail.