Plastics are the blessing and the
curse of our time. Plastics have such a wide range of uses, one of which is
packaging in the form of bottles.
Bottles are light and easy to store
but like all packaging when we are done they become rubbish filling up our
landfills or worse, litter in our beautiful marine environment. Since plastic
bottles will be part of our lives for awhile longer it is fun to think about
how we might re-use them to extend their usefulness.
Above you can see a project using small
bottles that might grow some herbs on your window sill. However, PET drink
bottles are easier to handle and you can create a whole mini garden from the
root stems of the veggies that are leftover from making last night's salad.
[need to get some images
of lettuce in a PET mini water pot]
What you need:
- PET bottle
- Scissors or something to carefully
cut the plastic
- Liquid fertilizer
What to do:
- Remove the label from a clean PET
drink bottle and remove the lid.
- Mark the bottle 2/3rds of the way
up, all the way around the bottle.
- Cut the bottle until the top part is
completely separated making sure there are no sharp edges.
- Fill the bottom section 2/3rds full
- add the correct measure of liquid
- Place the top part upside down in
the bottom section.