[Low-Cost] Plastic Bottles to String

Since the machines are pretty pricey and require a bit of work I’ve been looking for smaller ways to recycle in the mean time. So I found a plastic bottle cutter but it was too expensive for me. I tried making it but it didn’t go well. Then I found this DIY video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRy2sD_k57g Using this plan it works pretty good b̶̶̶u̶̶̶t̶̶̶ ̶̶̶m̶̶̶i̶̶̶n̶̶̶e̶̶̶ ̶̶̶n̶̶̶e̶̶̶e̶̶̶d̶̶̶s̶̶̶ ̶̶̶j̶̶̶u̶̶̶s̶̶̶t̶̶̶ ̶̶̶a̶̶̶ ̶̶̶b̶̶̶i̶̶̶t̶̶̶ ̶̶̶o̶̶̶f̶̶̶ ̶̶̶t̶̶̶w̶̶̶e̶̶̶a̶̶̶k̶̶̶i̶̶̶n̶̶̶g̶̶̶.

If you rather spend money over time here’s where you can just buy one or a nicer model: https://plasticbottlecutter.com/

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I added a bit of tape to cover some of the blade and give it somewhere to grab. The big thing for me was to make sure to keep the back lower than the front so the bottle comes in at an angle.

@trent-robertson I definitely have to try this one. Having several sizes would be great.


@jerzeek
Thanks for linking. I try to add to existing threads instead of starting new ones, but they’re hard to find

This should help

working with PET Bottles

A couple of YouTubers have done this. I really like this build from La Fabrique DIY http://www.lafabriquediy.com/.

I think that’d work great. At 1/4″(6.35mm) it’s quite strong. And a single 2 liter bottle yields quite a bit of rope.

I was thinking about using this strings and connect them together, so they could be sold as these tapes, they use to lock packages.
I believe it would come up as cheaper and effective option.