I consider myself a nature person and I (would like to) believe that I do my bit for recycling. Yet, here I am and just figured out an hour ago that bottle caps are rarely recycled. Even if they end up in the right bin. Although they could be recycled, they get lost in recycling plants. Therefore I propose the idea to create plastic bottles with 'stay on cap' that would be inseparably attached to the bottle's neck.
Meanwhile the idea is not necessarily new, so far there is no new design out there that would provide the same customer experience meanwhile guaranteed that the cap stays on until the bottle ends up in the recycling bin. My idea is to connect the cap and a rotating ring below with a flexible handle. Since both part could move in 360 degrees it wouldn't change the opening process. The handle could be made from a flexible soft material that could be used as carrying the bottle when the cap is closed and also could keep the cap in a comfortable distance when one is drinking without altering the experience.
Caps (both attached and unattached) could also display an environment friendly message such as 'Save a life' accompanied with a cute sea creature/bird picture. It would point out that we have active role to create/destroy our planet. I strongly believe that part of the problem is that most people live in a safe distance from all the environmental dramas and don't realize the impact of their actions in our environment. They wouldn't kill a bird or a turtle but they would throw away a cap easily and kill an animal unintentionally. Introducing these types of caps would create an opportunity to educate people about recycling and face them with their actions on the daily basis. In those locations where caps can be recycled separately, it would encourage people to take recycling more seriously regardless the size of the object.
After a week long observation of our local recyling culture I came to the following conclusions:
-caps/lids/sachets/straws are never collected separetly
- people have different attitude towards recylcing but the common thing is that most of them don't realise the significance of their actions
My idea proposes a solution for the above.