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10 Survival Uses For a Plastic Bottle

Plastic bottles show up as trash all around the world, but to a crafty survivor, this trash can become treasure. These are just ten of the many survival uses for the cast-off plastic bottle.

1. Fish trap
By cutting the “shoulder” and neck off the bottle, and inverting it back into the empty bottle, you can make a very functional trap for very small fish (like minnows), crayfish, and other small aquatic creatures. These could be food for you in a survival situation, or bait.

2. Fire starter
The right clear water bottle with smooth shoulders can be filled with clear water and used to start an optical fire—when paired with strong sunlight and dark tinder.

3. Eye protection
A strip cut from the side of a two-liter bottle can act as an improvised set of glasses to protect your eyes from dust and sand. Just attach a cord to each end of the plastic strip and size it correctly to wrap around your head to complete your DIY “goggles.”

4. Survival kit
A large-mouthed water bottle can act as a waterproof survival kit container.

5. Water filter
I know, just about everything can be a water filter. So it shouldn’t shock you to add a water bottle to the list. Cut off the large end of the bottle, pack it with fibrous material, and let water trickle through it and out the bottle mouth. It won’t be safe to drink after this crude filtration, but it will be much more clear—which can assist with other disinfection methods.

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