Bottle Caps: Are they Garbage?

Bottle caps! Can we have an intimate talk about bottle caps? All close and quiet-like?

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I don’t think bottle caps count as garbage.

To my mind, garbage is: 1) Ugly or smelly and 2) a threat to the environment. Bottle caps aren’t ugly or smelly. They’re actually sort of talismanic. Collectible, even.

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And anybody who claims bottle caps are a significant contributor to landfill swellage needs to be edged away from with a strained, placating smile.

Bottle caps are also associated with that magical elixir, Mexican Coca-Cola, which uses real sugar instead of corn syrup and which is — so sad! — actually less tasty than the American kind. But it’s still fun to screw off the cap and swig from a real glass bottle. Who doesn’t get excited when they’re on a road trip, pull up at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, and see one of those old-timey soda machines? They’re great.

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It’s sad, then, that so many people manage to turn bottle caps into trash. Look at these bottle-cap wind chimes! So much work, and it’s just a hanging blob of garbage. Right on the front porch for all to see.

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I guess if you can’t bother to water your plant — much less mulch or trim it — you might as well decorate it with garbage.

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Look at those sad leaves! Maybe it’s aware of what’s been stuck in its pot, and it’s blushing.

Bottle cap earrings are another go-to.

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Yeah, right. These are worse than Luna Lovegood’s radish earrings in Harry Potter. And didn’t she also have a butterbeer-cork necklace?

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That’s worse.

This next designer thought a cute model could make bottle-cap jewelry look haute.

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It doesn’t matter how much you pout, it’s still trash. (Hey, I think I’ve found my new motto!) Although, as I was saying, it wasn’t really trash to begin with.

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GAWJUS bottle cap closeups courtesy of the accidental mysteries blog.

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