Plastic bottles deserve another chance. They take care of their precious liquid cargo when you have to drink on the go, then most of them get the old heave-ho when empty. This just isn't right, so we're having a Keep the Bottle Contest!

Show us what cool things you can do with a plastic bottle. After you've quenched your thirst, use your head to come up with some cool and funky uses for it. Whether it's super useful, artistic, or just plain silly, we want to see the creative ideas you come up with.

Post an awesome project, and win a Voltaic solar-powered backpack so you'll never run dry on green power! Not only do Voltaics keep you on the go, the fabric in the bags is made from recycled plastic bottles! We'll be giving three Converter bags away: one selected by user votes and two selected by our judges.

Entries accepted from anywhere in the world, and there is no limit to the number of Instructables you can enter! You can only win one prize per contest. Now, get to it and show us your bottles!


First Prize
Solar-powered backpack from Voltaic, the Converter. Never run out of juice for your electronics again!

Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Value: $225

Runner Up
Refillable Tap'dNY Sigg bottle and a T-shirt featuring the Instructables Robot, an Instructables patch and stickers.
Value: $45

Open to enter: Jan 8, 2009 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: Feb 1, 2009 11:59 PM PST

View Contest now!

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
i have tried many times to enter my project, but it just keeps saying that it has already been entered and is pending moderator approval, have i done something wrong?
How do you get a cat to wear a tennis ball crash helmet?
You have to wait for the approval. ;) Just wait it out, once business hours roll around and they take a look it'll show up. :)
Someone needs to start thinking of what to do with those foil Caprisun juice bags.
Hmm, so you have to pay taxes on it, but there is no guarantee that it is actually useful for anything nor is even necessarily in working condition. Lawyers just go and mess everything up, don't they?
yup. sadly
I know that the voting has already started. I also know that I entered last minute. But several other Instructables have been entered and mine still hasn't been . Yes I did enter it in time. Does anyone know what's going on?
Can I enter this from Pakistan?
Wait, I just read the last part. Cool! I can.
I have an idea,and will probably do it till the deadline.One hint:PVC.
um.. shoes?
How would you pronounce "Tap'dNY"?
"tapped new york"
Hey, minors can actually <strong>enter</strong> this contest! Hooray!<br/>
You're practically forcing me to take up my water bottle raft again!
Wow, what a horrible fate. *twists arm some more*
*Twists other arm*
*twists leg*
Fine, i'll do it! After studying today, i'm going to home depot to check out the pvc chicken wire/safety fence prices and sizes.
Yessss! You can do it, mister! It could definitely win. :D
I'm gonna do a miniature version. 1000 bottles would cost me too much in materials, and would be massive. Even 500 bottles is pretty big.
*twists other leg* <br/><br/>OH! sorry, didnt see you had given it up already... my bad.<br/>
Are projects involving any type of plastic bottle/container eligible? Such as shampoo or soap bottles, milk cartons, etc.
As usual, we try to interpret the theme broadly. Go for it!
I think as long as it's plastic, it counts.
Are we allowed to enter existing projects?
You can also improve upon previous projects.
Ah-ha, then I have one.<br/><br/><sub>Although it will look kind of silly if the ground doesn't thaw in time...</sub><br/>
As long as it hasn't been published here before, you're OK.
so long as it hasn't been entered before methinks...
Yesssss! I have a great idea for this contest! I just need a few dozen plastic bottles...
Guess is has to be PLASTIC bottles. Too bad for all the used glass bottles lying around my room.
are we aloud to use the bottle and some other things and would you put a limit on how many difrent things you could use
So long as it incorporates a reused plastic bottle, you're good to go!
Is there a limit to the amount of 'ibles you can enter?
Yes, yes, yes!!!! This is right up my alley, turning other peoples' trash into something useful. I've have to turn on the gears for this.
what a great idea for a contest!! good job! can't wait to see what ideas the peeps come out with!!

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