Problem Description and Brainstorming:
My recycling center and any nearby won’t recycle them. They say they landfill that type of plastic. Besides, I really like the concept of reuse over the concept of recycling. I’ve been mulling over what I could do with the bottles.
So… I could make a janky playground, I could try to make some form of art (like the ones with the beer bottle trees), I could use the plastic to make a gutter system, but it would leak and probably reduce the value of my home. I could shred them and use them to make insulation, but the shredding would take a lot of energy and the electric/gas costs would be about the same as the value of the insulation (pretty low). I could fill them with water to make a cool incremental bodybuilding weight set, but the density of water is too low compared to metal to make those practical. I could use them as disposable cups, but they are harder to clean than a normal drinking glass and the effort isn’t there to clean them instead of using (recyclable) red solo cups.
My Idea - Build a raft:
However, these airtight bottles could be used to store air. Air (and plastic) floats. So what I’m thinking, is to start small. Make a floating pool raft. First, I think I’m going to duct tape a row of 6 together, and then 6 rows of 6 together to make around a square foot of bottle. Then connect those blocks together with duct tape to make… I’m not sure what yet. A floating pool chair? A floating drink cookie?
- Will the bottles stay air tight after opening?
- Is duct tape the best way to do this?
- Should I be using these in different configurations than listed above to make rafts and stuff?
- What exactly will happen if I duct tape the bottles down my legs and arms and torso and jump into the water?
- On that note, could these be used as emergency flotation devices on beaches left around for free?
- How ugly will all of this look?
- Will someone come up with a better use of these bottles?
- What would I name my Soylent Bottle Yacht? How many years of Soylent drinking would it take to build a cruiseliner at 1825 a year? How many vacationers would I need to pay $200 for a 3 day cruise to pay off that soylent? Would they mind if all we served in the kitchen was soylent? What are we going to do with the leftover bottles used by the people on the cruise?
Anyway - what creative ideas have you had for what to do with the empties?