Unexpected Uses of Food Packagings

1) Gasoline containers. I was driving slowly. The fuel gauge was about empty and I was trying  to find a gasoline retailer. The next gasoline station was about five kilometers away so my target was a small time retailer which is selling gasoline and diesel packed in soft drinks PET and glass bottles.  Yes! some entrepreneur are selling engine fuels in food bottles.  I was unlucky not to found one selling diesel fuel.
2) Funnel. Plastic bottles are cheap and readily available funnels. To use, cut the bottom or at point just below the curve.
3) Soap container. This a bit confusing. I first saw PET bottles containing purified water. Juices and teas followed. Then soy sauce, vinegar, oil, honey and soap. The soap thing and the gasoline above are absurd. The same is true for laminated pouches.
4) Explosive device. More popularly known as molotov. Explosives, flammables or other reactive substances are place inside bottle with a wick for ignition. It is ignited before throwing to target. In the Philippines, it is used for illegal fishing and most are made of gin bottles.
5) Float. A single six liters mineral water bottle is enough to save someone from drowning – it serves as salbabida, a lifebuoy. Several small and large pieces can be tied together to serve as raft – a more durable alternative to wooden and bamboo raft.
6) Bags. The idea of some innovative entrepreneurs. Laminated juice pouches are cleaned, dried and stitched together to form hand bags of different designs and sizes.
7) Decorative arts. Some bottles are elegant enough to serve as flower bases or a little of creativity will make it suitable. A file of empty aluminum cans can be glued together to form statues, Christmas decors and novelties.
8) Decorative lightings. I saw many of these at Sonya’s Garden in Alfonso, Cavite. Bottoms of wine bottles are removed and incandescent bulbs of different colors are inserted. These series of bottle lamps  guides most walks.
9) Children’s toys. Plastic bottle  with few beads is a cheap baby rattle. Empty milk cans are good wheels for building toy cars.
10) Knife. Broken glass and a cut out piece of thin can are sometimes use for cutting. However, dangers from these things are likely.
11) Rolling pin. For a baker wannabe who forgot to buy a rolling pin, a wine bottle will do the job temporarily.
12) Walling and roofing. Large tin can of biscuits and oils are disassembled and flattened. They are used for fixing broken roofs and walls. Coke PET bottles packed with cement cocktails are long term alternative to hollow blocks.
13) Plant pots. Wanna have indoor plants? Get empty cans or plastic bottles. Open or cut it. Place good soils and healthy plants. This option is good if appearance does not matter.
14) Floods, pollution and ugly surroundings. Apparently, this is the most unexpected. Many are leaving every piece of empty bottle, carton and plastic just anywhere. Thinking he is the only one doing the bad habit and such will have no significant effects.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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