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    Default Small bottles, how to use

    Hi, All!

    Not sure if this is the right place for this post.
    I have an unlimited supply of these 1.5" x 1.25" wide small bottles for free. If
    nobody wants them they will end up in the landfill everyday. 600 of these will be
    thrown away each month. So my question is what can I use these for in other application or in beekeeping?
    Any suggestion is appreciated.


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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    They seem to small for honey what would they hold like 1.5 . If you were to produce a swarm lure they may be great for that. And certainly for touch up paint. Maybe you could sell some to local Auto body shops? With auto colors the way they are today, Many repairs call for the paint to be blended to match. a body shop may be interested in placing some in those jars to give the customers for touch up. Do people still touch up nicks in their cars? I doubt you will get rich doing it but who knows. Trappers might like some too, Kind of a single serving bait bottle. Make a set remove the lid and place in the bottom of the hole. Shame to see them go to a land fill.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Wow, what an awful waste and it's good that you're trying to find a use for them. I'm guessing they're plastic? Maybe they could be used for hand salves/creams? If they were glass I would think small candles might be an option.

    Can you list them on Craigslist or offer them for free to crafters? The jars may be useful for holding buttons, beads, various small notions, etc.

    ETA: actually they look like they are made of glass, is that correct?

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Free honey/creamed honey samples for potential customers.

    Bees wax lip balm containers, different flavors...

    Make a beetle trap with banana, sugar, vinegar, and oil out side the hive, or next to the entrance.

    Just collect them and sell them in big quantities.

    Use them in your work shop for nuts and bolts.

    Spice containers.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    FlowerPlanter has a great list of suggestions.
    I wonder what was in them originally though. Anything that might taint the flavor or aromoa of bee products? If so, your options are limited.
    But if they are going to get tossed, allow me to recommend the recycling bin, rather than the landfill.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Find a lab, they look about the right size for urine samples

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian G View Post
    Find a lab, they look about the right size for urine samples
    I would also contact local colleges and universities as they look like prime containers for field samples or to place preserved specimens in.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    What was the original use? That might help narrow the possibilities.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Hmm. Those must have a good use for something.

    Inside dimensions of 1.5" x 1.25" would make them hold almost exactly 1 US fluid oz.
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    I agree. Original use is key. It could be that they held pre-measured distilled water. Or elephant feces.

    I'd use them for queen juice, honey samples, temporary queen jars for use in the field and releasing her after your done. I'd like one for a smaller container of OA crystals because I've been lugging the whole two or three pound bag around with me like a yo-yo.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    What have they been used for and why are they being dumped rather than recycled? What volume do they hold?
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Thanks all for giving me lots of feedback. The application for these
    little bottles is broader than I thought possible some came from the PMs too.
    Since I raised queens, one application I can think of is to use it to temporarily bank queens either for the virgins, cells or the mated queens. I wonder if they are good for the cells incubator too. Or use it to ship queens with attendants outside and some inside the bottle. And I never have to buy the mini queen cages anymore. The idea for honey sample is a good one but line the inside with food grade plastic wrap first. I'm sure the little kids at the church would appreciate them. So much application and something to think about further. One little bottle, so many uses!

    Do people still touch up nicks in their cars?
    Yes they do. Now I use the liquid in a bottle that turn into
    a solid when dry. Then just wipe off with a soft towel.
    The color will blend in with the existing
    paint no matter what color is the paint on your car.

    I'm guessing they're plastic?
    Nope, these are fairly thick glass bottles.
    They are clean bottles only used to hold the pinky sized
    non-stick clean, new O-rings. Can further clean them with
    some bleach or pressure cook them. Got 25 of them in 2 days with
    some ended up in the trash can. Should of started this recycling project months ago.

    What volume do they hold?
    Yes, it is almost exactly 1 US fl. oz. when I measured it.

    Why are they being dumped rather than recycled?
    I have not investigated this issue thoroughly enough. Rather than
    going into how decision maker run their daily business, I can only
    emphasize on individual responsibility to our environment. It goes back
    to the education on the citizens on the 3-C's. Recycle, reduce and reuse!
    As far as I know this place has not implemented its 6s. So no education
    on the responsibility to the environment yet. Maybe one day I can change
    things around one individual at a time.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    What is the source of the jars and what were they originally used for?

    Oops...you mean someone is packing packing plastic o rings in jars!
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Honestly, I do not know the source of these jars. Someone has to make them and somebody will use them, right.
    They are use to hold the little O-rings in. After the O-rings are used up the jars got thrown into the trash can and ended
    up in the landfill. Everyday I collected 12 of them with some ended up in the trash can also. I collect what I can to do my part.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    the 3-C's. Recycle, reduce and reuse!
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    glass is easily cleaned and sanitized and should not carry a residual odor. Plastic can also be easily cleaned and sanitized, but some can absorb odors. I've smelled some pretty strong odors coming from ruber O rings. I don't know if those plastic lids will absorb odors or not, so it might be worth trying some experiments with them. Put different materials in a few of these jars, such as honey, water, or anythng else you might store in them.. Keep for nose-test them at intervals for several days. A taste test too, perhaps. If water or honey tastes or smells funky after any period of time, I would not use the jars for any food or live animal purpose.

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Yeah, good catch. Unfortunately after 24 hrs you cannot
    edit your post anymore. So just thought to leave it until someone caught it.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    the 3-C's. Recycle, reduce and reuse!
    Looks OK to me.

    So just out of curiosity, what do they weigh? Curious what the shipping weight might be on say... 100 of them.
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    They are the odorless non-stick O-rings. If there is a plastic or other odor then the customer will not accept them. I smelled the jars and
    they don't have any odor. So they are clean. They're also ISO certified
    company just lacking an implemented recycling program.
    ....what do they weight? Each jar with the lid weight about 1.5 oz. so maybe
    4252.42 gram?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    They'd be great for seed savers. They would hold a lot of tomato seeds.

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