Question: What are some standard bottles we could use to build BabyLegs?

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warren asked on March 29, 2019 15:16
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Many people will (and should) convert used plastic bottles into #BabyLegs #microplastics trawls, but we're also looking to order some bulk bottles for a kit, and people may want to do this for large workshops. What are some bottles available online that are the right size and shape?



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I wouldn't normally answer a question like this but I just had to see what #babylegs were and what it was that would require them. Now I'm in too deep. Do you mean the middle bottle, the outer bottles, or both?

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Follow up: I think the issue will be the extent to which you want it to be more durable vs. easy to cut (referring to the one where the square shape is recommended). How crucial is it that it's 6" wide? Also, in your experience, do you know what types of plastics are recyclable?

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We tend to reuse bottles rather than source virgin ones, since there are so many in the waste/recycling stream. For kits, I would have people find their own (same as the camera casing for the balloon maps). Regardless, they should be square rather than round to avoid BBL spinning-- the square welch's juice container kind are our favourite. The rectangular shape is stronger than larger square shapes like distilled water containers. Round jugs are hard to stabilize in the water and I don't recommend them at all. Moreover, it's hard to calculate how much water you've sampled in a round mouth compared to a square/rectangular mouth. So the closet that snow found is this one: https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=121947&catid=611

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Thanks! I've made a chart where we could mark them for "good" and "bad" and add other notes; I hope it's roughly correct:

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But if it's not, it's the last slide of this presentation, if you want to make suggestions -- or you can make them here and I'll copy them in! Thanks a lot!!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KfSswagsBirntaYDM7E5cbDN4s4amOYyL01SVhvuxZs/edit#slide=id.g51651d2284_0_0

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