The hard truth is, in the real world, every so often you just end up having to buy some beverage that comes in a plastic bottle. Big family-sized pop bottles for a birthday party, for example, or a bottle of water when you’re stuck in an airport queue for hours on end.
I don’t get many of these bottles, true, but it’s good to try to reuse the plastic drink bottles that do come into my hands.
Okay, then — what do we do?
- • Refill the empties with other beverages.
- • Freeze water in them to act as a cold-pack in a picnic basket.
But then, what?
I’ve got a little gadget that converts a 2-litre bottle to a bird feeder, and that’s better than nothing — although it’s very far from being squirrel-proof, and it tends to spray birdseed around if caught in a good brisk wind.
Slow-release watering system
Another practical gadget is a spike with holes in it that screws onto the top of a soft drink bottle filled with water. You poke it into the garden or planter, and it’ll release the water down at the plant’s root zone, to keep everything green and happy when you abandon your garden for a few days away. (My mother has a half-dozen of those, for her big pots of geraniums on the sunny deck. The plants are big and bushy enough to hide a 750ml or 1-litre bottle, just fine.)
Instant watering can
Now here’s another interesting bottle conversion: Twist & Spout comes in two versions, for kitchen and garden (the difference is in the size of the spout.)
In the kitchen, the twist-on handle and spout makes a big fat beverage bottle a bit easier to handle and pour, especially for little people with small hands. In the garden (or among the house plants, for that matter) the attachment turns an old bottle into an instant watering can.
Twist & Spout fits “virtually any soda or water bottle with a screw-on cap” which is rather convenient, as you may have both small (single-serving) bottles and large “family size” empties to find another use for.
But I’m in two minds about this kind of product, to be honest —
Should we buy another piece of plastic just to make it easier to reuse the first one? But if it kept you from buying a plastic watering can, would that balance out the plastic-consumption equation? Oh, but hey! Is the Twist & Spout made of recycled post-consumer plastic, by any chance? They don’t say on the sales page… but if it was, that would make a difference, wouldn’t it?
As the frog said, “It’s not easy being green.”