What to do?
We drink wine with dinner every night (for our health, dontcha know), which means that we need to dispose of around three bottles every week.
I live in a county that recycles cardboard and plastic—but not glass. (Very weird, I know, but that’s New Mexico.)
Last summer’s unrealized ambition was to build a wall or garden feature out of concrete and old wine bottles. Cool, no?
However, I am no engineer, and I could not find any instructions (in print or online) on how to do this. Does one fill the bottles with sand first? How does one make the wall structurally sound? How high can one build? (Does anybody out there know how to do this?)
Hunting online for what to do with old wine bottles brought suggestions that were, frankly, unappealing:
- Place them around the house for decoration. (Tasteful, no?)
- Fill them with vinegar or other liquid. (Que???)
Clearly, these people do not know how many wine bottles I have.
My other brilliant idea was to make beach glass (aka sea glass) out of smashed up bottles. This can be used for sustainable crafting, landscaping, etc. I could give some to the local arts class, to a local jewelry-making class, etc. (!!!)
I went online and found clear, easy instructions , as well as a source for needed equipment.
I put a tumbler on my Christmas list. Et voila! I am now a proud owner of the necessary apparatus.
Only after I received the gift did it occur to me that I was going to need to use electricity to tumble the glass—thereby using resources in an attempt to save resources. Huh.
The tumbler, it turns out, uses 36 watts; but it has to run for DAYS to get the glass polished and smooth.
I am not sure what this means in terms of energy use: is this a sensible endeavor—or am I better off just burying the bottles and waiting for time to do her thing?
At the moment, I am tumbling the smashed bits of a cava bottle and a Grand Marnier bottle (both remnants of last weekend's birthday).
I'll post a picture of the final product if/when it happens. I don't know if this will take DAYS or WEEKS, but I do know that I have a hell of a lot of wine bottles that I don't know what to do with.
Your comments humbly invited!