Recycling you can take to the bank

We recycle and reuse about everything we can.  It’s amazing how much packaging gets put around the stuff we buy.  Many packages are feats in engineering…I mean, has anyone ever been able to get all the stuff back into the original box from where it came?  I thought not.  The shape and structure of many packages are pretty amazing.People think a lot about how to maximize strength with minimal material and how to fit more stuff in a smaller space in the refrigerator…amazing!

Anyhow, lots of the things in my recycle bin can be reused for other stuff.  I am almost certain I stole this idea from somewhere, though I can’t remember where.  More importantly though, I found a way to draw attention to the lowly nipple fruit.  This bank looks a lot like the nipple fruit – a non-edible fruit apparently in the eggplant family.  I’d sort of like to grow some of these, just to say I have done it, but I don’t know what I would do with the fruit…I suppose it would just get me in trouble.

So, I found 4 old pop bottles we had left over from watching the Super Bowl .  I cut the tops off, right at the top of the label.  I had to monkey around a little bit, but 4 of those tops can be crammed together and super-glued in place to make a nipple-fruit-like bank (though watch out, super glue will haze plastic).   Take any lid off and drop coins in (or pull coins out) and you’re in business.  It won’t take all sizes of coins, but it you want, you can use 3 liter bottles for bigger sizes!  Abigail also suggested putting some rice in it so it could be used as a rattle/rhythm maker!

Now here’s the funny part…it is really hard to type with a nipple fruit bank stuck to your hand.  I got it stuck to my hand as I was trying to pry it off of the work bench…er…dining room table where it was stuck before I got it on my hand.  I think there must be a better way of hooking all of this together…

Anyhow, this thing looks pretty cool and is recycling you can really take to the bank!

In other news, I wrote a little program to change the header image of the blog every 15 minutes.  I took each of the pictures you’ll see somewhere in WV.  You may have to refresh your browser to see the update.  Is it cool or distracting?

13 thoughts on “Recycling you can take to the bank

  1. The thing that struck me is that you called it a POP bottle! I’ll never forget when we first moved away from Michigan to North Carolina I was taken to task by a waitress when I asked what kind of pop they had… she told me in no uncertain terms that in the south it is called a soft drink or a soda… NEVER pop!
    Well excuuuuuuuse me!
    How is it a bank?

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  2. HA! Gosh Warren, I don’t even know what to say about that. You’re about the only person I can think of who would come up with a nipple fruit bank. I don’t know whether to be impressed or appalled by that crazy imagination of yours!! lol 🙂

  3. Oh yeah Christy O….we used to get sternwheelers here all the time. There are a lot of people who still have smaller ones and the big ones still come by some…we have a very active river here!

  4. I sort of dig the bank but I am not sure EMily will let me keep it on display…nipples are…I mean banks are best kept private.

  5. You are more than a goof. God bless Emily. Thanks for the header. I love it! I was thinking of you all day today about WV. I have more questions and I will be in touch when I have some time.

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  6. CC – sure thing…just holler. I am planning to add some more pics around WV as I get time…the header changes every 15 minutes so wait a bit and refresh your screen…you should get another picture!

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