Bottle Trees at Cedar House Inn

Cedar House Inn and Yurts has found a new way to recycle wine bottles. We have created bottle trees and shrubs. In the past we took our glass wine bottles to have them recycled. On television we noticed that a PBS show had a feature on makingbottle trees bottle trees.

Apparently bottle trees originated in Africa. People thought that evil spirits would fly up the neck of the bottle and become trapped. For a complete history about bottle trees visit this web site

We made ours out of fence posts you can purchase at the local lumber yard or Home Depot. We used long nails or gutter spikes to hang the bottles on the trunk.

We try to use wine bottles that guests leave in their room recycling bins. Many of the bottles are from the area local wineries as seen on the labels. Wolf Mountain is a favorite because they do not use paper labels that come off the bottle after being outside on the tree for a period of time. Their label is embossed or etched into the glass.

My wife really gets excited when a guest leave a Reisling bottle since they are always a vivid blue color. One guest years ago was a huge University of Georgia fan and also a graduate. He was excited because he found Bulldog wine in a bulldog red bottle. He shared the wine with us and we all agreed that the wine was not that good but the bottle was great! That bottle still maintains the top position of one of our wine bottle trees.

Bottle trees do need periodic care. Mainly pruning and cleaning. By pruning we replace old dirty bottles with missing labels with new bottles. Those Wolf Mountain bottles with the etched labels are cleaned and put back on the tree.

The great thing about the trees is that the never need watering and are always colorful. The are very pretty in the sunlight and sometimes make a slight ringing sound on windy days.

Bottle trees are a great recycling idea that adds a little art and color to the yard.

For more information on our eco friendly practices visit our green page.

What To Do With That Awful Styrofoam

At Cedar House Inn we recycle everything we can to reduce the trash we take to the landfill and to help the environment and reduce our impact on the Earth.  Recycling styrofoam is a challenge. For years we have been mindful to purchase items with limited packaging or in containers that can be recycled or composted (for example choose glass, 1 &2 plastics).

Unfortunately styrofoam sometimes appears with something we have ordered online (those darn packing peanuts) or guests leave us coffee cups or fast food take out containers in the trashcan that cannot be recycled. Styrofoam in the landfill can last for many years and never decomposes.

Fortunately you can now take styrofoam egg cartons and meat trays to Publix for recycling.

Now there is a solution I recently found. Unfortunately it is not available in our area. The process is called Styrosolve and involves crushing the used styrofoam into small pieces to be mixed with a recycled solvent that breaks down the styrofoam into polystyrene. The polystyrene is then sold to companies to make cell phones and television cabinets for example. What a great idea!

The company that has created this product is Blue Earth Solutions Inc. in Florida. They are a publicly owned company that will sell the technology to recyclers and municipalities through the country. Imagine making money recycling all of that styrofoam that now sits in the landfill for thousands of years.

In conclusion it would be great if we would all opt out from using styrofoam that cannot be recycled. Don’t request that your restaurant leftovers be saved in a styrofoam container. Use reusable coffee mugs. Purchase meat/chicken/etc and take the containers back to Publix. Get your egg cartons in paper or plastic and recycle them. By opting out the product that does not decompose will not sit in the landfill for thousands of years.

For more information on our green efforts visit our green page