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Weekly Tips | October 18, 2010

Catching the Rain


Fall’s first frost has come to the Pacific Northwest and with it, the beginning of the rainy season. What better way to tuck in the garden for the winter than to provide thirsty plants with rain catchers. Look no further than your recycling bin for 2-liter water bottles and you have half of what you will need to create bottle-mounted watering spikes.

 

Watering spikes are a great way to reuse large plastic bottles and allow nature to water for you, providing a consistent, slow-release deep root watering system for trees and plants in any season.

 

The Big Picture

Two million plastic beverage bottles are used in the US every five minutes(1). Plastics are a rapidly growing portion of the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream: the amount of plastics generation in MSW has increased from less than 1% in 1960, to 12% in 2008, totaling 30 million tons annually. The largest category of plastics is represented by containers and packaging, e.g., soft drink and water bottles, lids and shampoo bottles(2). By replacing single-use water bottles with reusable water bottles, and purchasing soft drinks in larger containers you can help reduce waste, save money and conserve natural resources.

 

Sources: (1) Chris Jordan, Running the Numbers | USEPA “Common Wastes and Materials – Plastics” | USEPA MSW Definition


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