5 Easy Steps to Make a Bottle Holder From a Single Piece of String

This brief tutorial is based on my recent wanderings around the hills of Northern Italy.  It was dusk as I began my several hour walk and about half-way to my destination a cloud rolled in, covering the path and helping me to get lost for an extra hour.  Luckily, I had a nice chilled bottle of white wine to refresh my body and spirits.

While wandering these paths, I realize that I could do with a nice wine pouch or sling, so that I did not need to keep putting the bottle in and out of my backpack.  Finding a nice strong length of string (about three feet long), I worked out a way to create a simple wine sling to serve me for the day. The following five steps are a quick “How To.”

(1)Have a bottle of wine / be on a mountain path

(2) Take a length of string, approximately three feet long.  Near the middle of the string, tie two slip knots into the string about 3 centimeters apart from each other.  Ensure that you tie the knots so that each one can be tightened by pulling on the string end leading away from it — this is important because it means that tension in the string makes it grip the bottle more tightly.

(3) Tie a square knot to link the two free ends of the string together.

(4) Loop each slip knot over the top of the bottle (below the upper lip) and tighten.

(5) Sling the string over your shoulder or neck and get hiking. Stop for a gulp as needed.

The Real Green

At a wine shop the other day I saw this sticker on one of the bottles.

Is this brand simply trying to surf the green wave like everyone else?  Perhaps not.

The concept is subtle, but what they are touting is just that their product will allow you to “feel green.”

That is, they know that the main reason that “being green” is so popular is not because it saves the planet, but because it makes people feel good about themselves. This company is simply ending the charade and telling you to buy this product not for what it does for the planet, but rather for what it does to save your self-esteem.

Alternate interpretation: As this was a bottle of alcohol, perhaps I was reading too far into the sticker. Perhaps all it means is that if you drink this, you will start to feel like you may vomit.

A watery opportunity

Atop the rocky fortress (or is it a temple?) at Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, there are rubbish bins overflowing with empty water bottles.

So many bottles are deposited at the top of this hill every single sunny day by visiting tourists.   This smacks of a business opportunity to me, ideally one that would be less environmentally damaging than these single use plastic bottles.

Capital new cap

Have you seen this new kind of bottle cap?

It is simple.

It is easy to open without a bottle topper or crushing and tearing up your hand.

It can be easy replaced atop the bottle after opening, to keep the bottle sealed between gulps.

I am excited about this new kind of top. Not as much because I think it’s the greatest bottle cap I’ve ever seen, more because I love when people begin to innovate in products that have been stagnating for a long time.

Kudos to the folks over at Kingfisher!