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Mustang



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:48 pm    Post subject: What ways to recycle ... 1 ltr plastic milk and soda bottles  Reply with quote    

I seem to acquire loads of plastic 1 ltr milk bottles (the square ones) and 1 ltr bottles of pop. It is not possible to buy the contents of said bottles without some form of packaging.

So, what can I do with the empty bottles? I recycle some, but always seem to have more left over and I hate to throw them.

Any inspirational ideas?

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

save the 1 litre pop bottles for making your own elderflower cordial and champagne.. then you wont need to buy more

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Freezing stuff? Homebrew?

Bebo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I cut the milk bottles up into strips and use them to label my seedlings.

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can make scoops for dog biscuit/chicken food out of the milk cartons.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bebo wrote:
I cut the milk bottles up into strips and use them to label my seedlings.


ah i save my yoghurt pots for that - but have cut bits of plastic milk bottle to make tie on labels for jars of jam etc

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fill the milk bottles with soup and freeze, they fit well into the freezer and you can defrost in the fridge and then pour out a bowl of soup to warm up adn keep the rest in the fridge for later

Jo S



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wild bird food holders

naomij



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suggest inventing an ingenuous system whereby you fill them with soil then thread them onto a stick, thereby saving the environment and the world food shortage, huzzah!

Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles. I am saving the lids for no reason at all and considered starting a thread asking for suggested uses for them.

cqueenie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pilsbury wrote:
Fill the milk bottles with soup and freeze, they fit well into the freezer and you can defrost in the fridge and then pour out a bowl of soup to warm up adn keep the rest in the fridge for later


Genius!

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cqueenie wrote:
Pilsbury wrote:
Fill the milk bottles with soup and freeze, they fit well into the freezer and you can defrost in the fridge and then pour out a bowl of soup to warm up adn keep the rest in the fridge for later


Genius!


why thank you

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
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Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic! Loads of suggestions.

* make and use for elderflower cordial and champagne. I make kumbucha and use some pop bottles for this. But I haven't made elderflower cordial/champagne for a couple of years, so will do this.

* Freeze stuff. I am a dehydrator rather than a freezer-type person, so only a tiny freezer which I use for stuff such as milk. But when I do freeze stuff, I do re-use bottles for this.

* Homebrew. Ah ... well I am just about to put a brew on, so will put some pop bottles aside for that.

* Seedling labels. I live near a horticultural wholesaler and a couple of years ago bought about 2000 plant labels for a few pennies ... so I doubt I would run out of labels soon.

* Pet food scoops. I'll definitely do this one.

* Tie on jam-jar labels. I don't tend to make jam (not got a sweet tooth) but still an interesting idea.

* Wild bird feeders. Another one to try.

* Saving the world by filling and threading them. Uh ...

* Use a milkman. I get raw milk from a local farm. As much as I would like to use milkman, they don't sell raw milk. My mum gets her milk from a milkman though, so does that count? Thread the milk bottle tops onto string and hang out as bird scarers.

Any more?

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cut the clear ones and use a third as mini cloche on tender seedlings and the two thirds can be half buried next to growing tomato plants, top side down and water into them. It's working well on mine.

The soup container idea is great though!

Rob R



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you not ask the suppliers to fill your own re-useable containers, or is it part of their obligation to supply it in new, clean containers?

perlogalism



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 11 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We cut all our milk "bottles" down to 7cm and cut a finger sized hole in the bottom. These are then used as seedling pots which cost nothing
Even better, we've just sold 300 Strawberry plants and 50 Tomato plants in these.

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