Like a good little girl who suffers from frequent UTIs, I consume some form of cranberry juice on a daily basis. In my experience, Ocean Spray has the right amount of cranberry goodness in their juice to make me feel all right.
As a result, I end up with a lot of empty Ocean Spray bottles.
So as a result of THAT, I recycle a lot of empty Ocean Spray bottles.
But you can do more than that. The lovely squareness of the Ocean Spray bottle makes it a good fit for many things.
Currently, there is one, filled with water, inside the tank of my toilet. It tricks my ancient toilet into thinking that it’s fuller sooner and so I don’t waste as much water every time I flush.
You can use them as cooling packs as well. Fill one about 2/3 full of water (because water expands when it freezes) and chuck it in the freezer. Not only will it help you to keep your freezer full and thus working at peak efficiency (this is not a problem I have) but it will also make a handy cooler addition for picnics and camping. The squareness of the bottle means it will fit anywhere, and as the water melts, it will keep your food fresh and provide a nice refreshing drink at the end.
Let’s not forget that you can re-use them for their original purpose, and put more juice, like the stuff you make from powder or concentrate, back in them. They’re also a good way to store iced tea that you’ve brewed, or to flavour water. I like to have an extra container of filtered water in the fridge for dinner parties, because we tend to get thirsty with all that talking and eating and my Brita pitcher just can’t keep up.
The squareness, again, lends itself to storage just as nicely. Small pastas, like macaroni, or rice or any other small nodule-like dry good (jelly beans?), will be easy to find and compactly stored in your pantry — just make sure the bottle is fully dried out before you pour in your foodstuffs.
And if you want to get really creative, you can turn the empty bottle into a bird feeder to help out your avian friends over the winter. Make it into a giant spare change holder. Or drum. Or use it as a float (filled with air) or a weight (filled with sand) for keeping track of your dock moorings at the cottage.
Cut off the bottom and use the top as a funnel for birdseed, cat litter, sand … whatever you need to funnel. Fill it with water and bury it in your garden to keep your tomatoes watered.
Use the square bottoms as drawer organizers that you can move around at your whimsy and fill with all your odds and ends. Decorate them and keep them on your desk, in plain sight. Make them hold pencils or buttons.
Many years ago I had a client who was a bit of a hoarder, and he had kept all his bottles, filled with water, and lining the shelves that ran near the ceiling in every room. He was preparing for the apocalypse, I suppose.
That’s about all I can think of. If you have any other uses, please feel free to add them in the comments section. I would love to have more things to do with all my empty bottles!