How can I reuse or recycle promotional bottle openers?

Bottle openerAside from always useful tshirts or bags, we try to avoid as many promotional items as possible when attending conferences or the like because it’s invariably wasteful junk – but even still, we seem to have ended up with loads of those promotional bottle opener things.

And it’s not just conferences, the last two we got were quietly slipped into our food bag when we were picking up some late night chips – grrr.

We don’t open that many bottles – and a corkscrew or can opener is always closer to hand than a single-use tool – so the little advertisements are just about useless for their intended purpose.

The one in the photo is quite basic so if nothing else, could be thrown in the metal recycling but we’ve got some unnecessarily complex plastic-and-metal ones so not as easily recyclable.

Are they good for anything else other than opening bottles?

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12 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle promotional bottle openers?”

  1. Nicole says:

    Might be good for the kitchen or lunchroom at work – if nothing else to open the alcohol free sparkling cider during the holidays.

  2. Angie says:

    Take them to a painting school or local university. Between helping open tubes/cans of paint, or just helping the pubs do business, they will be used.

  3. Trish says:

    Next party you go to, take them. Well, a few of them anyway. I never seem to have enough of them when I have a party, and I have about 4 of them. Chances are they’ll be MIA by the end of the night anyway. :)

  4. Condo Blues says:

    Use it as a keychain. Someone gave me a spare key to their home in case of emergency, etc. on a bottle opener keychain. I also throw one in our spare cooler and picnic basket in case we need it.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Start drinking alcohol. That’s the solution. Or give it to a friend

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hang it on a front door for knocking.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Best way to recycle anything is to allow someone to use it. Garage sales are great for this. Put it in a free box and it will be recycled for its intended use.
    Rather than throw odd things away I collect them in a box and put them out at a yard sale. Things you would never think someone would want too.

  8. HuntingWabbits says:

    If you’ve got a lot, leave them at a bar.

  9. Olia says:

    Great gift for a guy.

  10. Olia says:

    Use for Captain Hook costume.

  11. Olia says:

    Trace the contours of bottle opener on cardboard, plastic, or thin plywood, they resemble dinosaur. Paint, decorate those contours into dinosaurs. Glue on both sides of the bottle opener.

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