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DYI Glass Cups and Funnels from Wine Bottles

 
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I just watched this video from Dan Rojas of http://greenpowerscience.com/.

Apart from potentially being a great way to make presents or even build a residual income stream for homesteaders, I thought it was a great way to make a set of drinking glasses, glass funnels, or even a glass cheese mold (instead of the standard plastic ones). I think the technique has potential to help us reduce toxicity.

That was a really great video.

 
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An especially good idea because a lot of recycling centers quit accepting glass. My understanding was that only a small amount of recycled could be added to new glass and it was easily contaminated with bad/inferior glass.
 
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In Ontario, the province next door, they have a deposit on wine bottles ($0.20 I think) as an incentive to recycle them. However, I much prefer reusing to recycling since it usually requires less energy.

My favourite reusable container here is the container the yogurt we buy comes in. They have a "label" printed on them with a special ink and you bring it back to the store for it to be sent back to the dairy for refill. I don't have numbers, but I would think the cleaning process requires less energy than recycling and making new bottles.
 
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Even if you don't care about a perfect edge, this way is much faster and cleaner so you don't have to worry about glass shards in your work. Like for bottle windows.
 
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I know a glass blower who started making beer glasses out of empty Corona bottles.
(Big seller to Mexican restaurants.)

He told me "I don't really make any money with them, but I sure get a lot of free Corona".
 
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