21 options for using plastic bottles in the country

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Disposal of waste is one of the most acute problems facing dacha owners, especially since the majority of dacha communities, in principle, are not equipped with garbage containers. Undoubtedly, paper and part of household garbage can be burned, and the organics can be buried in beds or sent straight to the compost pit. But what to do with all known plastic bottles, which are strictly forbidden to burn in a stove or firebox, and it is useless to dig in, since it will take more than one hundred years to decompose plastics? Only one way out - to apply for good. How plastic bottles to use in the economy and will be discussed in this publication.

Application of PET packaging at the dacha

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What is a plastic container? This is primarily a polymer material and ready-made containers. From this angle, any summer resident with a creative vision and straight arms can make from a regular PET bottle a lot of useful tools for the household, create garden decoration elements and turn empty containers into necessary things.

The main advantage of plastic packaging is the lack of cost. In addition, PET is light, plastic, resistant to weathering and UV radiation, perfectly amenable to processing. A plastic bottle filled with water withstands tremendous external pressure and can act as a heat accumulator. And most importantly: in any variations, all plastic containers have a threaded section and a lid. And this is very important for any master to do, which will help to fasten products if the need arises. Consider several options for using plastic packaging in the garden.

Plastic bottles for watering the garden

The first thing for which you can use ready-made PET containers - for irrigation. Irrigation of the site is generally a sore point for most summer residents, especially for those who receive water on a schedule or visit a country site exclusively on weekends. In such a situation, useless plastic bottles will help, which will help to create a watering system for the entire site without any financial costs. Consider three easy-to-implement options for creating a drip irrigation system based on plastic bottles of various capacities.

Simple Bottom Irrigation System

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In order to dosed and automatically water the plants you will need:

  • PET capacity of 2 liters of the calculation, one bottle - one plant.
  • foam rubber (any trimming).

In each container, pour water at 4/5 of the volume. Insert a piece of foam rubber in the neck, instead of a cork. Put the bottle under the plant so that the neck is in close proximity to the root of the plant. As you empty, just add water to the tank.

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Drip irrigation

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For this irrigation system, the size and shape of the tanks does not matter. According to gardeners: the more - the better. Bottles need to cut the bottom. In a cork, use a hot awl or thin drill to make 3-5 holes, 1-2 mm in diameter. Tighten the cap tightly on the neck.

Dig such a container vertically (with your neck down) near each plant and fill it with water. Such a stationary root irrigation system requires only timely filling with water.

Suspended irrigation system

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In this embodiment, you should use whole bottles with a capacity of from 2 to 5 liters. depending on the reliability of the mounting system. As in the creation of the drip system, make a few holes in the cork, 1 mm in diameter.

Now it is necessary to build a support. On the different ends of the bed should be dredged, on top of which put a jumper (rail, timber). Suspend the filled containers with the neck down to the upper crossbar.

To prevent water from eroding the ground, the place where water drops fall should be mulched.

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The advantages of the plastic bottle irrigation system are indisputable:

  • the soil is moistened directly in the root zone of the plant;
  • irrigation is done with water heated by the sun;
  • possibility of adding fertilizer directly to the water;
  • variability of application.

But the most important advantage of such irrigation is that it does not require the presence of a person.

Agricultural technology with the use of PET bottles

Any capacity can be used for growing greens. The main thing is to ensure timely watering and avoid stagnation of water in the lower part of the tank. This can be done by creating a vertical garden of plastic bottles, which does not take up much space, but will decorate your fence, balcony fence, wall of the house.

Vertical garden with horizontal bottle fastening

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For such a construction you will need:

  • PET bottles with a capacity of 2 -5 l;
  • soft wire.

The bottle is cut 1/3 of the side. Cork screwed on the neck. On the opposite side of the cut with an awl (nail, drill), a mass of drainage holes is made.

Bottles are filled with a substrate, inside of which plant seedlings or seeds are located. Soft wire improvised pot is attached to a vertical surface. Mount the remaining containers can be done under each other or in a checkerboard pattern.

Garden of vertically installed PET tanks

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This design is more complicated than the previous one, but much more efficient and is characterized by relative autonomy. So, to create such a structure, you will need:

  • 1-3 l PET bottles
  • ½ inch rubber or silicone hose.
  • a section of sewer pipe with plugs, diameter - at the discretion of the owner.

Bottles are cut in about half. The upper part will go to the creation of a vertical garden, the lower part will be used in the creation of jewelry, which will be discussed below. The tops of the bottles are attached to each other neck down. A hose with holes for watering is laid through each vertical row. Free space is filled with earth or substrate. The upper part of the hose is fixed in the outflow with the help of necks and stoppers from plastic bottles.

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Water is supplied to the system from the water supply system, and a section of sewage pipe will play the role of a liquid supply tank. This design allows efficient use of water for drip irrigation. Vertical garden of plastic bottles will not require from the cottaker either a place or a large financial cost. You can always make out of unnecessary packaging such a design that is best suited directly for your country house.

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In the section of agrotechnical handicrafts, only options for creating a vertical garden were considered. In fact, there are dozens more ways to use TET containers for agrotechnical purposes. From plastic bottles you can make light, plastic and durable containers that are widely used as flower pots, pots, containers for seedlings.

PET bottles for decorating the dacha

Due to its properties, plastic packaging has been successfully used by our summer residents for a long time to create a garden decor. Next, we consider several examples of the successful use of plastic bottles of various sizes in decorating the garden.

Fencing beds and flower beds

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The simplest design of the fencing of plastic containers - picket fence. In order to make a solid fence of this design, you will need a mass of bottles of the same size and shape, filled with earth (sand, clay)

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Now it's up to you: we assemble the structure. Half a length of time we dig every container into the ground, creating a “bottle palisade”. After erection. You can leave it as it is, or you can paint the resulting border in any colors of the rainbow.

You can go in a simpler way: do not dig in the picket fence elements, but fasten them together with scotch tape.

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The design is simply placed on the grass delineating the boundaries of flower beds or beds.

garden path

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To create a garden path will require bottoms from PET bottles, with a capacity of 2 liters.

  • leveling the soil.
  • covered with a layer of wet sand, layer thickness 70-100 mm.

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The bottoms are laid out on the future path and are carefully driven into the sand until it is completely filled. The joints between the bottoms are filled with dry sand, and for better fixation with sand-cement mortar.

Flowers from PET bottles

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It is enough just to decorate the dacha by using “plantings” made of plastic flowers.

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To make such a composition is extremely simple: you just need to wake up your imagination, pick up a knife, several plastic bottles and a coil of thick wire.

From the narrowing part of the bottle you can create beautiful flowers that will be used to create bouquets, decorating handicrafts for home and garden.

Cut the neck along, forming six petals. Round each with scissors. Melt the edges of the petals over an open flame, to give them volume. The inside of the flower can be cut out of plastic of a different color. We glue (sew) the construction with the help of polymer glue or thin wire.

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Figures of animals to decorate the garden

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The Internet is replete with photos of funny animals made of plastic bottles. If you decided to decorate your garden with fun little animals from PET containers, then the simplest option is funny pigs and bunnies.

Bunny is simple:

  • in the tapered part, two cuts under the “ears” are made;
  • The ears themselves are cut from a plastic bottle.

The design is assembled with glue.

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Pigs are made in a similar way, but only in a horizontal version. The main thing is to paint your creation correctly and make it recognizable.
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Household supplies from plastic bottles

What can be useful in the economy of the domestic gardeners, gardeners? Brooms, dustpans, pest traps, sinks, various containers for storing small items. But the simple rope is recognized by most summer residents as one of the most functional and useful materials in the household.

PET bottle rope

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The rope from a plastic bottle will help out in an unexpected situation and will become an indispensable assistant to the summer resident. How to make a strong rope from a plastic bottle with your own hands? To create a PET bottle tape (on an industrial scale) you will need to make a simple machine, consisting of:

  • office knife blades;
  • 4-8 metal washers with an outer diameter of 25-30 mm and a thickness of 2 mm;
  • 2 bolts with nuts, diameter 4-6 mm, length 40-50 mm;
  • board (piece of plywood, chipboard), 16-25 mm thick.

We collect the design. In the board we drill through holes for bolts. Washers will be put on them. The distance between the bolts should be such that a distance between the washers is equal to half the diameter of the washer. Now install the washers on the bolts. The height of the "pyramid" from the stand will correspond to the width of the tape. Put the blade on the top washer, cover it with a washer, fix with nuts.

To get the tape, cut off the bottom of the bottle (it is useful for making garden decor), push the edge of the bottle between the blade and the stand.

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Options for the use of rope from plastic bottles mass. Durable and lightweight tape is used by domestic gardeners for garter vegetables, trees, creating supports for climbing plants, weaving furniture, braiding handles of garden tools, etc. A special feature of this tape is shrinkage when exposed to high temperature. When heated, the PET tape assembly is self-tapping!

Garden broom

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According to its performance, a broom from plastic bottles is not inferior to purchased counterparts. For self-creation of such a useful product in the household you will need:

  • 7 PET bottles, 2 l;
  • spade handle;
  • wire;
  • two screws (nails);
  • awl, scissors, knife.

In six bottles, cut the neck and bottom. Cut the strips on each piece with scissors, not reaching the top edge of 5-6 cm. The width of the strip is 0.5 cm. Cut off the bottom from the intact container (do not touch the neck!). Next, repeat the operation, similar to the previous blanks.

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We collect the design. On the bottle with the neck we put the rest of the workpiece. We compress the resulting product from the sides and fix the position of the blanks with wire. It remains only to plant and fix the derzhak.

Broom plastic bottles ready for use. The whole process is shown in detail in the figure.

Scoop of plastic containers

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This product will be a great addition to the broom of PET containers. Everything is simple: take a plastic container and mark the shape of the future scoop with a marker.

Cut strictly along the line using a stationery knife. Such a scoop of plastic canister will last long enough.

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The simplest washstand

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To make the simplest washbasin from a plastic bottle, you need to cut off the bottom of the tank, turn the neck down, make holes for fastening to a vertical surface.

You can wash your hands by unscrewing the cork a little so that water flows through the loose connection.

Containers for storing small items

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Any dacha owner has a lot of small things on the farm. One problem - they all need to be sorted and available as needed. For storing small items you can easily make containers from plastic containers. Any one that is handy is suitable:

  • In the upper side of the hole we make, the size of which should allow easy to get objects from the tank.
  • We drill a hole in the lid and screw in a bolt 2 mm in diameter.
  • Under the bolt head put the washer.
  • On the reverse side fix the nut.
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    We collect the design. Under the washer, launch the ends of the wire segment and form a loop. Screw the lid with a loop on the container. Now it can be easily placed on a vertical surface. As an element of hanging the container on a vertical surface, an ordinary nail can act.
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    If you use plastic containers from household chemicals or machine oil, then you can assemble a whole chest of drawers for storing small things in a similar way.

    Insect trap

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    Mosquitoes and flies - the eternal "neighbors" of man, to get rid of that is almost impossible. Nevertheless, it is possible to reduce their population by applying the well-known PET containers as trap material.

    Cut off the tapering part of the plastic bottle, turn it over and insert it into the rest of the neck down. You can use sugar syrup as bait. If you add a bit of yeast, you can get rid of not only flies and ants, but also wild wasps.

    The simplest weather vane from PET bottles will help scare the birds away from fresh crops, and drive out of the mole area.

    The simplest design: cut and bend the side portions of the tank in the form of blades. We put the resulting product on a thick wire or stick. The wind rotates the vane. Vibration is transmitted along the guide, which (according to experts' assurances) moles do not like and birds are afraid.

    Bird feeders

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    The simplest manger on the plot, will attract birds that will help the owner of the dacha to fight pests and insects.

    They are not made difficult: it is enough to cut the windows in the side of five-liter plastic bottles. The handle is useful in order to hang the feeder on a branch.

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    PET greenhouses

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    All crafts, discussed above, can easily make any summer resident. But if you have experience in carpentry, then using PET containers you can create an excellent greenhouse, without which it is impossible to grow an early harvest in our climate zone.

    Such facilities have many advantages, of which the main thing is low cost. PET is much stronger than polyethylene film and much cheaper than traditional polycarbonate. The construction of plastic bottles turns out to be warm and light. It can always be repaired by simply replacing the damaged item.

    There are two technologies for the construction of greenhouses and arbors:

  • From the plates.
  • From the whole elements.
  • Next, consider the process of creating greenhouses from whole plastic bottles.

    Frame

    Almost any material is suitable for its creation.

    • Metal profile - durable and durable, but expensive.
    • Wood is affordable and easy to process, but short-lived.
    • PVC pipes are a great option if you already have enough pipes and fittings that you don’t need to buy.

    In any case, if you decide to make greenhouses from plastic bottles with your own hands, then make the frame of the most accessible material for you.

    It should be understood: the metal frame will require the creation of a capital foundation, which significantly increases the cost of the project. The supporting structure made of PVC pipes does not need a foundation, but requires strengthening to withstand wind gusts.

    Filling

    As a building material for enclosing structures, it is better to use identical PET bottles, with a capacity of 2 liters from which to remove the label.

    For a greenhouse, the size of 1.5 to 2.5 may require from 400 to 600 PET elements.

    Construction technology

    A greenhouse is assembled from items that are recruited from PET bottles. Each construction element (bottle) is cut off the bottom. Then the elements are stacked on top of each other, creating an improvised “plastic log”. To fasten this element through the middle of the cord is pulled or rail. The finished block is vertically fixed to the frame. The construction process continues until the complete filling of the frame: in this way the walls are gathered and the roof overlaps.

    Builds from plastic bottles

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    Even more serious constructions than arbors and greenhouses can be erected from PET containers. Next, we consider the method of construction of household construction of plastic bottles, applying in practice the experience of the Bolivian builders:

  • Digging the foundation pit and building.
  • Create a replacement brick, instead of which will be used PET bottles of the same volume. They are filled with sand, clay or earth, which often remains after digging the pit.
  • The elements are interconnected and stacked in rows. For a bunch of rows used sand-cement mortar.
  • A reinforcing mesh is laid between the rows.
  • After installation, without a solution, only the necks of the building elements remain. For additional fastening builders recommend tying the neck between them, creating a kind of plaster grid. Now it remains to carefully plaster the walls, hiding the material that was used for construction.

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    This technology can be used for the construction of capital buildings: fences, garages and one-story residential buildings, which, (according to the masters), are quite warm and strong.

    This publication gave answers to the question of how plastic bottles can be used on the farm. In fact, a new application for this material is found every day, which is good news for any normal person, because plastic is practically not recycled due to low profitability. By giving "second life" to PET containers, we clean the planet from debris, which is simply buried in landfills or disposed of in incinerators, poisoning the environment.

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