You Made THAT? Amazing Items Made from Recycled Bottles

Plastic may be fantastic (for making medical devices or containers), and glass may be a smash when it comes to packaging beer. But both materials have major drawbacks, especially when it comes to the environment.

Just about anything can be recycled. Check out these recycled oddities.

How to combat these issues without going on a food/drink strike? Take small steps, like buying products that come in recycled packaging and using your own reusable containers as much as possible. Or, get crazy and try making some cool artwork. Here are some ideas.

Wino? Check out these other eco-friendly wine finds

Serving Trays
The flattened wine bottle as serving tray has been cropping up for a while at funky eco-boutiques and in catalogs. They come in many different colors and labels, and can be used as paddles if someone forgot to bring the brie.

Wino? Check out these other eco-friendly wine finds.

Solar Water Heater
A Chinese farmer in Shaanxi province made this ingenious solar water heater out of 66 used beer bottles and some hose pipes.
Water flows slowly through the makeshift contraption, where it gets warmed by the sun. It's supposedly strong enough for three people to each take a nice hot shower every day. Apparently the invention has so impressed neighbors that other families have built their own.

If that's too much work, hang on. New smart building energy technology may soon help you save energy (and money).

Suit of Armor

Kosuke Tsumura, designer for the Final Home brand of urban clothing and accessories, made this armor suit by slicing up bottles and sewing the pieces together with Chuck Norris' tears... we mean transparent nylon thread.

Perfect for urban ninjas everywhere. Or a great green way to celebrate Halloween.

For the non-ninjas, try some of these eco-friendly, everyday fashions.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Temple Walls
In perhaps the ultimate display of painstaking patience, Buddhist monks in Thailand built up an entire temple out of used beer bottles. Holy men in Sisaket province collected a million green Heineken and brown Chang beer bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. Even the washrooms and the crematorium are built of bottles. We're guessing Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew will not be hosting any AA meetings in its basement. Though we do wonder if it whistles in high winds.

Start collecting bottles for your own beer temple with these tasty organic brews.


Have you created something cool out of recycled materials? We want to hear your ideas!

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