Plastic Water Bottle Afterlife

A few days ago I saw empty water bottles, which were filled with air, being used as floats on fishing nets. At the time I thought it was an interesting and resourceful re-use of a product.

Water Bottle HangingIt struck me as odd that these bottles floating in the river seemed like more pollution than if “proper” buoys had been used. Why does one form of air-filled plastic (the bottles) seem more like pollution than another (buoys)? The bottles at least had multiple uses in their product lifetime, unlike products designed to be buoys.

Today I saw a water-filled plastic bottle being used to hold down a sign in the air!

The yin and yang of  disposable water bottle use has been revealed.

Air-filled bottle used as a float in water.

Water-filled bottle used as a weight in air.

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