Since moving to Okinawa, I’ve picked up two new hobbies: collecting sea glass and familiarizing myself with Japanese scotch. Imagine my delight when I managed to pair the two together, while taking a small step to lessen my impact on the environment. Ever since my first trip to Sea Glass Beach, I’ve been asked what I plan on doing with the many bits and pieces of collected contoured colored glass. I wasn’t certain, but knew I wanted to fill a few glass jars with sea glass to use as a home accent. Think beach-themed decor.
Last week, Russell left an empty bottle of Suntory’s Hibiki whiskey on the kitchen counter, where items to be recycled are placed. I tried placing the bottle in the recycling bin, but walked back into the kitchen with the bottle in hand. It’s a heavy, well cut, good looking bottle. Instead, I peeled off the labels, washed it and let it dry. The next day, I filled it with blue hued sea glass and filled it with water. The result? Better than I imagined.
The rub? While reusing a glass bottle headed to the recycling bin gave me a righteous lift, a quick online search for Hibiki whisky revealed that empty bottles–along with original packaging–are sold on eBay. Really.