Greener consumption: The all-bottled-up edition

Empty bottles — what do you do with them? For most of us, the answer is “throw them in the recycling bin.” Others look at those bottles, made of either plastic or glass, and see serving trays, jeans or water heaters. See the many things you can do with a used bottle in this week’s Greener Consumption.

Building with beer bottles: Las Vegas’ Morrow Royal Pavilion is a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing building made from recycled beer bottles (something they have plenty of in Vegas!). Inhabitat’s Mark Boyer notes that it is the largest such building in the world.

The green bottle serving tray: Glass artist Bryan Northup literally melds form and function with his recycled glass works. This serving tray features a six-pack of bottles fired together — and it’s just one of the products he features in his Etsy shop.

The water bottle amusement park: Ugandan “eco-artist” Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire thinks kids in his native country need a chance to just be kids, even though they’re mired in poverty. His idea for an amusement park built from discarded water bottles made him the first recipient of the TED City 2.0 award. (via Greener Ideal)

Make your own glassware: As we noted yesterday, the Kinkajou, a tool for upcycling glass bottles into glassware and vases, is on its way to production after creator Patrick Lehoux’s successful Kickstarter campaign.

Still recycling: If the local recycling center shuts down, what do you do? For Shropshire, UK, couple Elaine and Dave Jones, the answer was “do the recycling yourself”: Their fused-glass art business turns bottles into functional items. Recycled glass cheeseboard, anyone?

The plastic bottle water heater: Retired Brazilian mechanic José Alano figured out that plastic water bottles can be used to make a really cheap solar water heater — and that’s good news for the world’s poor.

Beer-bottle jeans: Tiny New York-based fashion label I Am Not a Virgin is raising funds through Kickstarter to market its unique jeans made, in part, from recycled beer bottles. Founder Peter Heron explains the inspiration for the brand below (via Treehugger and Pacific Swell)

Know of other products or projects involving used bottles? Tell us about them.


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