Non-smash glass bottles

Non-smash glass beer bottle

I was walking down a street in Kreuzberg and noticed there seemed to be a lot of smashed bottles on the ground. I mentioned this to my German friend Christian and he said ‘Yes there is a lot of gravity in Berlin’. He meant to say there is a lot of graffiti in Berlin but miss-pronounced it.
I told him that I thought he said the reason there were lots of smashed bottles on the ground was due to excessive gravity in Berlin and we laughed. I took a photo of a smashed bottle and came up with a solution to the problem as pictured.

8 thoughts on “Non-smash glass bottles”

  1. Unfortunately, this would only be useful if the impact was centred around the base.

    I rather like a friend’s idea: that the bottle be coated, on the inside, with a very thin layer of tape-like polymer. The theory behind this idea is that if the bottle were to smash, the polymer would hold the pieces together.

  2. We can outfit the bottles in Shock proof jackets, preferably made of thick enough plastic with a nice non-newtonian fluid such as a cornstarch and water which is an awesome shock absorber. The problem with the jackets is that depending on the material of the jackets, they can be punctured and the cornstarch-water solution can spill out.

    I think we can try emulating the silicone-only shock absorbers but I’m not sure how effective that would be.

    Also, we can change the glass of the bottle into the sandwich model that is used in buses and buildings(laminated glass), where there are two sheets of glass and a “sticky” substance (PVB, polyvinyl butyral) between the sheets so that when the glass cracks or has impact, the resin inside would prevent the glass from falling apart. Though, economically, this may be somewhat iffy.

    Or, we can forgo of glass altogether and make it all plastic. Of course, this would litter the world as we see now, but I guess we can develop some nice sort of plastic for this purpose? Another type of plastic to consider is one that is strong enough to hold a shape but can be squished. That way, storage of empty plastic bottles would be very efficient, we can just flatten them when they’re empty.

    1. Or even a type of plastic that doesn’t react with drink ingredients, but maybe dissolves when it’s mixed with something else?

      Maybe one that can be reacted to produce a biofuel.


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