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Mama Brymble
« on: November 14, 2009 06:34:02 PM »

I read in The Tightwad Gazette that those plastic connector rings from 6-packs can be used to make a hammock, tied together with fishing line.  Has anyone ever tried this?

I did find this:
http://www.thegreenestdollar.com/2009/07/5-cool-ways-to-reuse-your-six-pack/

and the semi-tutorial from the hammock:
http://cposs.org/hammock.html

I can't quite understand how the folded rings go together, though.  It seems like this may hold more weight than one that's made by just tying the connector rings together with nylon.

A worker at a local health food store overheard me talking about this once, and so she asked the other employees to start saving the rings from the beverage cooler and their own drinks so that I could try this.  She just gave me a bag full of them and there's more where they came from.  I want to keep these deadly things out of landfills and waterways, and put them to good use.  Any other suggestions, either for making better hammocks, or for other projects using the rings, would make me grateful!
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2009 02:48:13 PM »

From what I could see on their website, it looks like they are folding the rings and then using them as links, just folded together.  If you fold the whole six pack ring into one ring, then link the next folded ring into it, it would link together real well. 

When you get to the edge, you would have to have the rope ready to just tie it all together.

I don't know if this makes any sense, but I can see how it's done.  I just don't know how to explain it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2009 03:45:51 PM »

A hammock sounds like a great idea. I know my mom would cut them into 3 pieces (2 rings stil attached in each piece) and then crochet around them. She would use them to hang her hand towel on a kitchen knob. It keeps it from sliding away.

I'm sure if you don't crochet you could do the same thing using a bit of hot glue and wrapping the yarn around the rings.


Oh I also saw at ikea that they took about rings and wrapped them in hemp and then attached them to a coat hanger also wrapped in hemp and it's great for storing your scarves and belts!  I saw it and instantly thought it would work for those soda rings. here's a picture to show what I mean:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-IKEA-Tie-Belt-Scarf-Closet-Clothes-Hanger-Organizer_W0QQitemZ190308150713QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2c4f3fedb9
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010 09:21:55 AM »

I'm not sure I understand what he did after he folded them, either. But, I'm certainly going to try this! My office buys flats and flats of 6-packs of soda and we "recycle" (meaning I'm sure the janitors throw them away for us) loads of these. I'm also going to try the garden trellis idea (I saw that on a different site with no tutorial), and perhaps some kind of net to keep my cantaloupes above ground. I love the dishtowel idea, too! Im so relieved to have something to do with this trash!
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010 05:18:19 AM »

Hammock Idea Is Cool - Too Bad I Don't Have Access To That Many - It'd Be Fun To Try!

3 Ideas Come To Mind:

Belt:
-Use ribbon or better yet, macrame cording, weave them in and out through a chain of about 10-15 of them - groovy man!

Curtain:
- Sew your 6-pack sections together to make a big "sheet". Cut up a bed sheet or a piece of fabric into strips (the same width as the can hole -3"?) and run the strips
in and out through the 6-pack loops and sew down the ends. Attach drapery rings and voila!

Bedspread:
- Kinda the same idea as the curtain above, only using fabric strips in 2 directions rather than 1. It would be cool if you used soft type fabrics like fleece, because they don't fray..OR...go to a thrift shop and buy the old ladies fur coats and cut them into strips, now that would be almost like a big woven fur rug!  Wink

Whatever you choose to do - have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2010 02:55:47 PM »

As an employee of a company that makes 6-pack rings I would not recommend them for craft projects.  Why?  First, it is not their designed or intended use.  Second, they are photodegradable.  This means they lose strength and become brittle when exposed to sunlight or UV light.  They have been this way for more than 20 years and meet EPA requirements for degradation as noted here:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2003/julqtr/pdf/40cfr233.71.pdf
http://www.hi-cone.com/index.php?id=39

The degradation is described well on page 24 of this report (and it does a great job of presenting litter and animal data annually):
http://www.oceanconservancy.org/pdf/A_Rising_Tide_full_lowres.pdf

What should you do with the rings?  First, rings should never be carelessly littered and should be put into the proper waste stream.  The best option is to recycle them.  They are made of LDPE plastic and can be recycled with other LDPE (typically marked #4 plastic).  Local recycling is the lowest impact method.  Rings are comingled with other materials to eliminate the degradation and made into industrial pallet guards, plastic deck material, etc.  Need information about recycling locations?  Try these sites for information on #4 plastic and other materials:

http://earth911.com/
http://1800recycling.com/find/recycling-locations/plastic/
http://www.hi-cone.com/ringleader/quest/menu/resources/links.html

I hope this is helpful Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2010 08:20:25 PM »

Hey Ring Man!
Great to see you here - your first post too! Thank you for the information.
Recycling is awesome but is a bit misleading. Plastic recyclers are first & foremost
in the business of making money. They buy plastic by weight and so it may be bulky, but very light and therefore not worth much. Most recyclers look for virgin, clear plastic - sadly and unfortunately, a great deal of the plastics we put in the blue/green bins end up in the landfill - unbeknownst to us!
I'm glad that the plastic is degradable, but so are cardboard boxes & fabric. My best memories came from cardboard box "forts" & growing up making crafts from other things.
I think that if we can get another turn out of something that is designed to be discarded, then it's not a bad thing if it wears out....Kinda like my favourite jeans - I got 'em at the salvation army thrift shop! Smiley
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