Recycling – 2 Liter Bottles

My husband loves soda.  I have tried to impress upon him that drinking soda isn’t good for his health but he loves it and isn’t ready to give it up just yet.  When we buy his soda, he prefers it in the 2 liter bottles.  He likes the 2 liter bottles for a couple of reasons.  First, he thinks that soda in cans are too small.  When he is going to drink soda, he wants a big ole glass of the stuff.  Second, buying soda in the 2 liter bottles is less expensive than getting it in cans.  He also thinks that he is helping the environment by getting it in a bigger container.  I guess that having one empty 2 liter plastic bottle is better than having 6 empty aluminum soda cans.

Luckily, we are able to put these empty bottles in our recycling bin so that they can be recycled into other products.  I got to thinking though.  What if we didn’t have a recycling program where we live.  What other things can be done with empty 2 liter plastic bottles?  Here are 4 ideas that you may not have thought of:

  1. Make your toilet use less water.  Fill up the empty 2 liter bottle with water, flush your toilet and before the tank fills back up, place the bottle in your toilet tank.  Not only are you reusing the 2 liter bottle, keeping it out of a landfill, but you will also be saving water and money every time you flush.
  2. Turn it into a funnel.  How many times have you needed a funnel and didn’t have one.  It certainly has happened to me more than once.  Cut off the top part of the 2 liter bottle and you have yourself a funnel.
  3. Insect control.  Here is a good tip for those that are looking to keep those pesky insects under control.  Cut off the upper 1/3 of the bottle.  In the bottom part of the 2 liter bottle, put in some kind of sweet liquid.  Anything will do, some kind of juice or you can simple use some water and add some sugar to it. Then, take the part that you cut off and place it upside down inside the bottom of the bottle.  Bugs get in but can’t get out.
  4. Make a rain gauge.  No need to go out and buy a rain gauge, when you can just make your own.  Cut off the top part of the bottle.  Put just enough water into the bottom to reach the line.  Take a ruler and a permanent marker and measure off 1 inch increments.  Flip over the top part of the bottle and insert it into the bottom.  Put it outside and the next time it rains, you will know just how much it rained.

Just remember, recycle, reduce, and reuse.  We only have one planet (at least until they finish building something suitable on the moon) let’s keep our home livable.  Did you know that we use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour?  And that’s just in the US.  Most of them are thrown away.  I keep hoping that my husband will learn to like drinking water.  Until then, I can at least recycle.

I’m sure that there are a lot more uses for 2 liter bottles.  If you would like to leave your ideas, please do in the comment section.