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1.5 Litre Waterbottles, Lots of them.. what can I do with them! Answered

Hi there! I live in an area that I've got to buy bottled water because the water here isnt so good. So every week I go through like 12 bottles of water. We have recycling, but going down to the recycling bin every couple days is annoying. So I figured that there must be something I can do with them. I can do planting and such, so I'm looking into that. But in reality I cant plant 300 different plants! So what sort of things do you think I could do with all these bottles?

Thanks for the comments guys (gals)! Some of these ideas are really really good! I just either (a) lack the lake/body of water to build the rafts (b) have no desire to launch myself into the air (c) or live where it doesn't rain....

Either way, I love these ideas. I thought this topic got buried! THANKS!!


I use mine to deep water my tomato plants. Cut off bottom, invert jug, and put into ground 6-8 inches so it won't fall over. Fill with water and the water slowly seeps into the ground where it won't evaporate in the hot summer months. Periodically remove any trash (leaves, grass, etc) that falls in.

Line them all up and surf along them on a snowboard or wheelless skateboard Jackass2 style.

One guy in our neighborhood has been saving all his gallon milk jugs for forty years. He puts colored lights in them and decorated his yard and house every Christmas. He even builds jug trees and one time a jug sleigh. You could do something like that. You could buld a big rainwater collection rig that fills up the bottles. You could melt them down and cast them into shapes, which you sell. You could build a water bottle rocket... lots of them. Arrange them into a jetpack and try to fly like the mythbusters, or pu them all over your car and see how much thrust you can get. You could make plastic suits of armor. You could build a house. I'm serious, people have built houses out of tires and beer cans that hardly need to be heated or cooled, the insulation is good enough.

Jug trees and lights? Sounds odd, but somehow interesting! :D Not sure if PET plastic is safe to melt at home in a DIY environment. I've heard that PET plastic doesn't melt so good. But I had given plastic melting a quick look. Only problem with rain-water collection is.. it doesn't rain here but 3 months of the year. I didn't believe that at first, and then when I got here it turns out to be totally true. There isnt enough rain to collect when it does rain! (Except when it causes floods, but in that situation I don't want to collect water, I want to leave! LOL!) Botte rocket, I saw that video of that Asian guy.. not so interested in doing that now. :-) And for now, I'm forced to live in government housing, so building an additional house would just be.. um.. wierd. These are all good ideas too!!

To actually solve the problem, what about getting those giant jugs of water? The kind you see in water coolers @ offices? Although its not going to be as cheap nor as green as tap, but its still a ton better than bottled.

I like that idea, and actually considered it. I dont have the ability to get those bottles where I live though. They would make for some neat projects too!

That's a good idea...we have a water cooler that we use for drinking water in my house. The nice thing is that the water company delivers and picks up all the water for you.

Holy Crap! What was he thinking! I guess it worked better than he expected it to!!

Would be interesting to see some photos of his raft project, its been almost two months since he last posted anything.

I know =[

You could try PM'ing him via Instructables, though.

hello =]

The project is temporarily suspended. I have all the bottles, just not the bed frame or the nets. Not sure where to get the nets...

Aww, I've been waiting for an update :( Let me know when you find your nets and frame!

My brother has a Brita pitcher, and swears by it. For the bottles...build a boat!

You could invest in an inexpensive tap water filter, no more bottles.

I have one, it cost me $600!! (Not exactly inexpensive eh?) But the issue isn't really the water is bad, its the heavy mineral content which isn't good for us. All water filters are required to remove are "color, taste, and odor", and almost all filters will leave the minerals in because they are normally good for you. Actually, many water treatment facilities add fluoride to help your teeth stay healthy.

One other thing about water filters is that heavy mineral content plugs them up really fast, right? Where do you live? If you've got hazardous mineral sin the water, it is possible that you might find another, less mineral-y water source. Or you could build a centrifuge...

Personally, I understand you concerns about heavy mineral content, but to fill our world with plastic water bottles isn't exactly healthy for you and the rest of us and those who follow us. I still say DRINK TAP WATER!

Or get a water cooler! Or get an RO filter Or build a solar distiller.

Yeah, I was thinking that you should make a small raft. A man made an entire island with that stuff.


9 years ago

I suggest you make some money out of it to support your water buying by making and selling water fountains made from plastic bottles.

Melt them down and coat yourself in it. Allow for nose-holes, then get a trustworthy, steady handed friend to cut you out, wait for burns to heal, then close it up again and fill with plaster o Paris. Voila! It's a you-mould!


10 years ago

You should be able to find a water service that uses some sort of reusable bottle (usually those multi-gallon carbuoy things.) Though perhaps not on an island. You should also be able to get a water filter that removes more than just "color, taste, and odor", ranging up to models that leave your water very pure indeed. Things that remove large amounts of calcium and magnesium tend to be referred to as "water softeners." Unfortunately, there seems to be quite a bit of snake-oil style fraud associated with add-on water purification, so it's difficult to tell exactly what you're getting, and you frequently don't get what you thought you paid for.

I totally agree! There are so many types of water fixer-upers that it can be tough to choose. I believe the next level of upgrade to the system I already have is a mini-reverse osmosis system, which would range in the thousands of dollars. A bit out of my price range just for water. (Yeah, I know, I prolly spend that much money on bottled water...)

Floating Island.

Actually, that's pretty ironic... I already live on an island.

Hey, you could float your plastic bottle island on a lake/pond on your island. That might be a record!

Don't we all?

Think about it. If an island is a chunk of land surrounded by a body of water, we all live on islands.

you could make a jetpack!

Well you could make a boat, a bed a desk a coffee table... Honestly the boat seems like a good idea...