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Mustang

What ways to recycle ... 1 ltr plastic milk and soda bottles

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

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

Freezing stuff? Homebrew?
Bebo

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

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

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

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

Wild bird food holders
naomij

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

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

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 Embarassed
Mustang

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 ... Wink

* 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

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

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

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 Smile
Even better, we've just sold 300 Strawberry plants and 50 Tomato plants in these.
gil

I use a cut-down litre milk carton (the kind with a handle) to carry my whetstones, immersed in water, when scything. I put my belt through the handle and then it's portable, leaving both hands free to work. 12Bore


Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.
Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed. Confused
AnnaD

We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence. Rob R


Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.
Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed. Confused

Was in the Coop yesterday and very annoyed by their lack of any choice - no non-homogenised nor channel Island and all the organic options were semi-skimmed. Mad
hedgehogpie

We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence.

Also ideal for strawberries. Puts them at comfortable picking height & sets the slugs/snails a bit more of a challenge.
AnnaD

We're growing carrots in our milk bottles this year, and hanging them along the fence.

Also ideal for strawberries. Puts them at comfortable picking height & sets the slugs/snails a bit more of a challenge.

Ooh, I didn't think of that!
12Bore


Alternatively, use a milkman! I love milk bottles.
Hmmm, our milkman has just put up the price by 3p/pint and started delivering in plastic containers. One of our reasons for keeping a milkman was the use of glass bottles........and now I can get organic milk from the Co-op (200 yards away) for substantially less than I am paying for standard semi-skimmed. Confused

Was in the Coop yesterday and very annoyed by their lack of any choice - no non-homogenised nor channel Island and all the organic options were semi-skimmed. Mad
Hang on a sec, you live in Yorkshire, promote local food and low food miles, and complain that you cannot Channel Island milk? Shocked Laughing
Rob R

Rolling Eyes Laughing dpack

the fizzy bottles are good as well

cut around ,warm and stretch edge of top bit and slip top over base to make a box

snip and pierce to make strainers ,funnels,plant pots etc etc etc

spagetti spoon is a neat one to make

Wink
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