"The best way to recycle them is to collect them in an empty steel can and when the can is about half full squeeze the top closed and put the can and tops in the recycling bin." More here
It seems though, there are ways to upcycle metal bottle caps into something pretty, as Laura Cohen, from Montreal in Canada demonstrates with her online jewellery shop Pretty Caps.
"I am an artist from Montreal who enjoys finding innovative ways to reappropriate bottle caps from around the world into fashion accessories" Laura, Pretty Caps.
Laura, Pretty Caps.
Laura makes quirky little pieces out of collected caps, including magnets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, pendants and rings. She sent me a gorgeous pair of earrings to try out.
She calls these earrings 'Clip-on Candy Caps', handmade with seashells and Eastern European bottle caps (Latvian, German, Russian, Estonian). Fun, eco-friendly, and can be worn with or without ear piercings.
I have a pair of these little pretties to giveaway to one Recycled Fashion reader, to enter, pop by Pretty Caps on facebook and give Laura's page a little 'like'. Browse Pretty Caps on Etsy, and leave a comment below with which Pretty Cap creation is your favourite and why. Competition is open to worldwide readers, and will close on 26th June 2013.
*UPDATE* 27 June 2013 - Competition now closed, winner announced: Debbie. Congratulations