This Tool Unravels Plastic Bottles Into Super-Strong Ribbon

Michele Debczak

Every hour, Americans toss 2.5 million plastic bottles in the trash. Instead of sending that plastic to a landfill where it will take hundreds of years to decompose, this tool allows consumers to transform their trash into something they can actually use. The Plastic Bottle Cutter features a built-in blade that can unravel any sized bottle into a super-strong ribbon of plastic, Gizmodo reports.

To put the tool to work, users cut out the bottom of a plastic bottle, slip on the bottle cutter, and start pulling the strand. The 5.5-inch, wooden tool can be adjusted to produce plastic ropes of different widths. The material it creates is strong and flexible enough to be used in a variety of applications.

In the video above, you can see the rope being used to make a rig to tow a car, but the ribbons can also be manipulated with heat to create unique decorations for your home.

After a week on Kickstarter, the project has already raised over $140,000 in funds, blowing away their initial goal of $9445. There's still plenty of time left to pledge and reserve a Plastic Bottle Cutter of your own. You can preorder the tool starting at $22 with delivery estimated for June of this year.

Header/banner image courtesy of Plastic Bottle Cutter via Kickstarter.

[h/t Gizmodo]