Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A use for all those empty bottles!

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If you're a Lyme patient, or any patient of invisible diseases, you are undoubtedly inundated with a ton of bottles. Bottles of prescription pills, bottles of supplements, bottles, bottles, BOTTLES!

Well now there's something positive you can do with them!

These are most of mine. Yippee.

At this link, you can learn how to donate your empty, label-less bottles to Medicine Bottles for Malawi. Too often, people in remote locations in Africa and other areas receive pills wrapped in newspaper or whatever happens to be lying around, and then the person has to trek home in the heat and humidity and store these pills in some manner from weather, vermin, other people, and who knows what all. You also have to hope someone wrote down instructions for those pills, because when you're really sick, it's hard to remember anything.

This is just not a favorable situation at all. Nope. Not one bit.

For instance, Maxalt is a migraine medicine, and as a migraine sufferer, those pills can make the difference between a few hours of pain or weeks of pain. Same with Zofran, an anti-nausea drug I personally take. It, like Maxalt, is meant to disintegrate quickly under your tongue. Melt in your mouth, boom, done. But if it rains or is damp, bye bye pills, and that long trek to an ill-equipped doctor's office was for naught.

So here's how to help!

Set up a container to capture all your empty bottles, and when you have a good amount to ship, take all the labels off.  If they're stubborn, you can soak them off in water and use a Scotch-Brite pad to rub off the paper, or if you have labels that are heat-printed, a bit of oil can erase the entire thing (I learned this the hard way after handling a bottle of pills every night after using lotion, and then panicking when I couldn't read a THING on the bottle, making calling in a refill interesting.)

Next, mail them off to:

The Malawi Project, Inc.
3314 Van Tassel Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46240

Caution: Do not ship children, even though they are convinced they want to see the world and are blowing their horn to say, "Cast off!" Just, no. Another day, kidlet.

These bottle will serve a dual purpose. First, of course, they'll hold medicine. When the bottles are empty, they become useful to people who have very little. I keep bottles all the time to store my jewelry components in, and I guarantee you these bottles will not get dumped on the roadside somewhere in Malawi.

So there is something positive about all that medication we have to take! YES!


  1. Oh my goodness, Lori - I have tons of "leftovers" sitting in the closet. Thanks so much for this info.

  2. This sounds like a worthwhile project sending medicine bottles. It might seem insignificant, but your explanation is helpful to show why bottles are necessary. I was lucky enough to visit Guinea in West Africa back in 97 for a project in grad school. The places I visited take recycling to a whole new level, way beyond anything here in the USA with our culture of abundance. I assume that might also be true for Malawi, a place I would love to visit for photographing their wildlife above ground on safari but also as an aquarium enthusiast to scuba/snorkel with the tropical fish in Lake Malawi. One day, perhaps!

  3. This is awesome. My grocery store pharmacy says they accept them for recycling, but every time I bring them in somebody rolls their eyes at me. I would rather send them someplace that really needs them.

  4. This is great, I'm definitely going to start collecting my empties!! Any time I can re-use in some way it makes me happy!


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