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Top Ten Uses for Plastic Bottles in Central Asia

Across Central Asia we’ve noticed that plastic bottles play an important role in everyday life once drained of their liquid contents. Here are a few uses we’ve witnessed.

1.  As a scooper for rice, spices, or any other scoop-able commodity in the old town street vendors. Witnessed: Tashkent Old Town, Uzbekistan

Plastic Bottle Scooper

Plastic Bottle Scooper

2.  Cut in half and used as a vase for flowers. Witnessed: Almaty, Kazakhstan

3.  Used as a stopper for an automatic watering system. Witnesses, Tashkent, Timur Park, Uzbekistan.

Sprinkler System Water Bottle

Sprinkler System Water Bottle

4.  Snugly fit over a dripping air conditioner pipe to collect condensation. Witnessed: Old Town, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

5.  Cut in half, using the top half turned upside down as a mini green house for seeds to germinate. Witnessed, Almaty, Kazakhstan

6.  Cut into strips and painted to make noiseless wind chimes. Witnessed: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

7.  Cut off the bottom, then cut the remainder diagonally and use the top end as a handle, use the sharp diagonal opposing end to scrape gum off the street. Witnessed: Urumqi, Xinjiang

8.  Save bottles, strip labels and reuse when selling curded milk, yoghurt, pomegranate juice or other local favorites. Witnessed: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Reused Bottles in Uzbekistan

Reused Bottles in Uzbekistan

9.  Cut the entire bottle away except the plastic screw-on lid and about an inch of plastic down from there. Turn upside down and use to hold toothpicks at the restaurant. Witnessed: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

10.  Cut off end of bottle neck, affix entire plump bottom end to long stick. Use stick with bottle taped to the end to smack on donkey’s ass to make him go faster. Louder than a stick but injures the animal less. Witnessed: Tashkurgan, Xinjiang




One thought on “Top Ten Uses for Plastic Bottles in Central Asia

  1. Josh

    Now this is a “Top Ten” list that I can relate to! Funny how when you see these things on a regular basis it begins to look…normal. Know what I mean?

    I see #8 on a regular basis here in Xinjiang. When people are selling an assortment of different drinks or liquids they love to fill used bottles. Is that really healthy??

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