If you’ve ever seen the movie The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, you would know that there was one word that was supposed to change the world.
And actually, since the movie came out in 1967, plastic HAS been the word. If we had all listened to that party guest, Mr. McGuire, giving recent college graduate Dustin Hoffman advice and invested in plastic, we’d all be able to replace all the plastic around us now that is slowly killing us with something else, like glass.
But plastic is quite amazing stuff.
Or a pair of designer sandals. Abercrombie probably sells these for $150 plus tax. One size fits all.
But best of all, you can recycle it. Start by collecting a few plastic bottles. Store in your back yard until you have enough to make something with it.
You can make a polar fleece jacket from plastic soda bottles!
Here are the directions:
1.Cut up clean plastic bottles into a gajillion tiny, tiny, tiny itsy bitsy pieces. (See below.)
2.Put all the pieces into water to clean and remove all dust.
3. Dry all the microscopic pieces of plastic thoroughly, one at a time.
4. Put into an oven proof container and melt in a gigantic oven at 482 degrees until it's melted thoroughly.
5. Then mix the old plastic with new melted plastic that has not been used before. (Called Virgin Plastic) (EBay probably has it.)
6. Force the melted plastic through your regular 'spinneret'. (The metal disc with holes in it you have in your cupboard somewhere) (see below)
This makes the plastic into threads which harden when cooled.
7. Run the plastic through your thread stretcher-outer machine that stretches the threads to twice as long.
8. Dry thoroughly.
9. When dry, the threads are more like yarn rather than plastic. Roll into balls or wind onto a spool. (Sometimes the electric or cable companies leave large wooden spools on the side of the road.)
10. Knit into a polar fleece jacket. (See below)