Pocket-sized con­trap­tion turns bot­tles into tough rope

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PLASTICS -

French en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists

Pavel and Ian (sur­names ap­par­ently un­nec­es­sary) think there’s a bet­ter way to do things. In­stead of send­ing plas­tic bot­tles off to a re­cy­cling plant, why not fig­ure out a way to ‘up­cy­cle’ them and make some­thing use­ful?

In an ef­fort to en­cour­age up­cy­cling, the duo have cre­ated a bril­liant pocket- sized bot­tle cut­ter that can turn any plas­tic bot­tle into a very strong, ver­sa­tile rope. Apt­ly­called the “plas­tic bot­tle cut­ter,” this sim­ple de­vice, made out of a wooden han­dle, ra­zor blade, and a cut­ting guide, can turn any type of plas­tic bot­tle into a long, thin strand of plas­tic, which turns out to be flex­i­ble enough to be used as a rope. To use the de­vice, the bot­tom por­tion of the bot­tle must be cut off. Users will then in­sert the bot­tle into the slot and the tool will slice the rest of the bot­tle into the thin strand.

The long, thin strand of plas­tic can be used for just about any­thing – car tow­ing, DIY arts and crafts, se­cur­ing a torn ham­mock, and pos­si­bly sur­viv­ing the end of the world. How sturdy is the rope? “For its thick­ness, it is very strong, only one bot­tle can be used to pull a car out of the ditch! It all de­pends on the bot­tle, but the tape of the or­di­nary Coca- Cola with a width of 4 mm can with­stand a load of seven kg,” says the con­trap­tion’s web­site. For one of the tests, the plas­tic rope was left un­der the sun for about two years and it is still able to carry the load of soda. Avail­able from June, cost will be around NZ $32.

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