Reusing plastic bottles for safety’s sake

By Don Mercer, InsideOttawaValley, January 16, 2020

This is definitely not my idea, and it may not be new to some of you. However, it is certainly something that is well worth sharing since it may help you avoid some potentially serious injuries. It also has a relationship to food in general because it involves using otherwise discarded containers.

A few years ago, while visiting a friend’s home in the Toronto area. I noticed that they had put inverted plastic water bottles on all the stakes around their tomato plants and elsewhere in their garden

(...)By placing an empty plastic bottle over the exposed end of each stake, the risk of injury was significantly reduced. Not only do the bottles create a blunt end to the stakes, but they also make them more visible.

I’ve used this idea as a safeguard on several metal pipes that we’ve put in the ground to support some Christmas spotlights. Once the spotlights have been removed, it is often not possible to pull the pipes from the frozen ground until the spring thaw arrives. By placing bottles over the ends of these pipes, things are just a little bit safer than they would otherwise be with the ends of the pipes exposed.


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