Brazilian company Clever Pack designs reusable tops for water bottles that double as building bricks
Consider the lowly water bottle cap. Every year people untwist and discard billions of these plastic tops, generating enormous amounts of waste to be dumped, recycled, or left littering the ground. Every year money and energy are spent collecting, transporting, processing and remanufacturing the recycled caps alone. But Brazilian company Clever Pack has developed an innovative new twist on the plastic bottle cap: Clever Caps.
Clever Caps, the brainchild of Henry Suzuki and Claudio Patrick Vollers, are designed to interlock with each other and with commercially available toy building bricks such as LEGO. Consumers can use the caps to create toys, artworks or even furniture. Imagine desk accessories, lamps, storage bins, tables—anything you can dream up—made in a variety of colors.
Best of all, instead of throwing them away, the consumer repurposes the caps, saving the costs and energy of recycling or trashing them and reducing the carbon footprint normally associated with such endeavors.
“Recycling is a good option. Reusing is even better,” says the Clever Pack website, noting that their bottle caps have two lives built in. “On their first life, they are an efficient closure system. On the second one, they are mounting blocks that work among themselves and also with other blocks already available on the market.” Molded from the same plastic as normal caps, Clever Caps should cost about the same as well.
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