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PET bottle paradise

Like many people of my generation, I often lie awake at night worrying about what happens to all the tens of millions of PET bottles once they've been emptied of their liquid content and dumped cold-heartedly into the bin.

In Japan, 17,000 such bottles are dumped every single minute.

My anxieties caused me to go on a fact-finding mission across Osaka. Weeks of searching led to an exciting discovery.

I found that these used bottles are delivered to a man in Osaka who lovingly eases them into their afterlife. He carefully transforms them into little windmills and decorates the outside of his house with them, adding a dash of colour to an otherwise ordinary looking neighbourhood.

It's a relief to know that once these bottles pass on, they go to a better place.


If the wind becomes too strong, there's a good chance that this house will actually take off and relocate to another part of the city.



A plastic bottle has never looked so attractive.



It's a place where PET bottles can play together and be free from stress.



Enjoying a new life as a kind of windmill.



Happy not being in a vending machine.





Watch and enjoy the PET bottles blowin' in the wind...

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On Monday, 30 July, 2007, Anonymous Deas said:

This is most excellent news, indeed! My only heartfelt concern came suddenly in a pang of realization when I noted that no caps are seen in the photos above...what happens to the caps? Nobody takes care of the caps? Cruel, cruel world.  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Blogger Leslie said:

My goodness! If only I'd thought of that myself. If his house blows away under a strong burst of wind...I wonder if his neighbors will be sad, or not so much?  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Anonymous Fanny said:

I'm a big fan of your site. Thanx.  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Anonymous Emma said:

I too worry about plastic bottles. I'm glad to see someone is recycling and making something pretty out of them.  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

How utterly clever and creative. I think it's charming. Thanks for posting it. Sandy  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Blogger Jon said:

That's actually pretty interesting. Something I'd love to go see when I go to Japan.  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Anonymous Steebu said:

Stuff the caps!! The real question is...what did that sicko do with all the pets' tails??????  



On Tuesday, 31 July, 2007, Blogger Jen in Japan said:

Great to see a bit of creative recycling. Also, I loved that little film!  



On Wednesday, 01 August, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

It's a good thing he has not had to drink all those bottles himself.  



On Friday, 03 August, 2007, Blogger iml said:

Now why didn't I think of that?
Excellent innovative attractive ways of perking up the garden.  



On Saturday, 04 August, 2007, Anonymous quaisi said:

Loved the video!  



On Sunday, 05 August, 2007, Blogger William Deed said:

Truly brilliant.  



On Sunday, 05 August, 2007, Anonymous Alex Case said:

Fabulous! One of the best things about walking round side streets in Japan is the chance of bumping into something random like that. And the English call the Japanese uncreative, unindividualistic etc- that from a country where you need permission to paint your door a different colour to your neighbours!

TEFLtastic blog- All the truth that's fit to teach- www.tefl.net/alexcase  



On Sunday, 05 August, 2007, Anonymous Alex Case said:

PS- Is PET bottle a normal English expression back home now? I still tell students its Engrish and only used when being very technical, but I've been away a long time...  



On Monday, 06 August, 2007, Blogger cathy said:

that guy could be generating his own electricity with all that wind power . . . the next step, I guess  



On Sunday, 12 August, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

i reckon they've exported all the caps to the US..

check this out, huge market there..
http://www.expertvillage.com/videos/children-music-shaker.htm  



On Monday, 20 August, 2007, Blogger Gabrielle said:

They pay London advertising creatives about a hundred grand a year to come up with stuff like that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v0rP2_l0HA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2sLDmmaphU  



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