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Every time I toss out a plastic bottle, I kid you not, I literally
look at it and think to myself..."This could save my life."

Then it hit me!




I'm going to build a survival kit out of nothing but free items
that can be found anywhere and that are regularly thrown away.

When I worked on a construction site, that was a gold mine of
excellent resources. I snagged a few things before I left that gig.
I got some PVC piping, saw dust (tinder) and probably the best
item I pulled out of there was a nice big swath Tyvek which is
not only waterproof, but unlike regular tarps, it's breathable
and it's ridiculously light and tough. You can't tear it with your
hands and it packs up really flat.

Not everyone has access to a construction site dumpster,
so I'll try to limit what can be found in the average home.
BUT, in the interest of fairness, whoever wants to include
something(s) from their personal trade to this thread,
please do. I would welcome it (for example, paper clips
or crazy glue from an office job, scalpel from a medical
job, etc...Let's say up to 3 items can be contributed from
your actual job (or even your previous job if you are retired).

For me, it'll be a Tyvek Survival Tarp, Twine and a 5 gallon
drywall compound bucket.
 

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Okay, here we go.

I have water containers.
It's between the Fiji and a Powerade bottle.
The Fiji is taller and holds 50oz. and is in a nice long/tall shape.

The Powerade only holds 32oz. BUT is far sturdier AND has ridges
for grip and for forming cordage around it so that it can be carried.

Maybe take both? Use the Fiji bottle (or two in conjunction) as
storage unites that can go into a pack and use the Powerade
bottle as a canteen for quick & instant on the trail access.
I think that's the way to go (why limit my options?).









Now, for a hobo stove...a Bustelo 10oz Coffee Can Stove.
I love Bustelo. It's the only coffee I'll drink. That one was easy.




Storage? A Nestle's Toll House Cookies Tin. Done.
(I tell my wife to buy food products in re-usable containers when possible).







And this is?



Scavanged grill from a VCR (remember those?) panel.
It was where the heat exhausted from under the VCR case.
It normally accompanies the Esbit in my Condor H2O Pouch Kit.

 

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One more thing...this can't be the "easy" way.

You can't just go to your kitchen and pick out a big knife and say "done".
It has to be an item that is thrown away (like those I've picked out).

I was thinking, for a cutting tool, a razor sharp arc-shaped implement
made from cannibalizing one of my tins or the coffee can.

So, I've got shelter and cordage from my job site materials.
I've got containers (both metal and plastic). I should have one
coffee can as a stove and another as for boiling & as a pot.

Oh! Fire. Wait a minute! The Railroad Spike mentioned!
I can pick one of those up by the Rail Trail! There's my
firesteel (along with a flint of course). Of course, there's
always a clear bottle I can get a conical lens effect from
the bottom of a broken bottle to try to ignite tinder too.

Trapping, fishing? I could possibly use the twine for that.

But I'm still going to need some thing more substantial
I think in the tools department. I gotta wok on that.

AND I have to come up with some sort of pack or satchel.
I could lop off 12" off of the Tyvek Housewrap and make a
lightweight, waterproof, superstrong pack out of that for sure.
The Tyvek of course will also serve as a Poncho.
 

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I'll play. I am in construction sales which involve visiting all kinds of different job sites here in SoCal. For the past 10 months. Have asked the tree trimmers/removal crews if I can take some of their cut logs. They are Hispanic and speak little English and generally don't care how much take as it is less work for them t load the log. Currently I have 2 cords of free Eucalyptus and pine to burn. Even though I am in Orange County Ca, come late November I have a fire about every night through early March. Got probably $600 worth of wood free. Just had tom split it myself. Hydraulic splitter of course.
 

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I have a deal with a local cafe in my town, I go there and pick up some of their used containers. I simply take what I want and the rest they throw away. I've been able to pick up a few small wide opened mason jars, a few plastic containers I store rice, wheat, rye and other dry stuff in and will go look for something more next week. Some of the trash is high quality stuff that they throw out.

I suggest to the forum members to do the same, the cafes will be more then glad to have you take some of their trash from them and you could even get a free cup of coffee if you take enough :D:
 

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I like this post. I've been into modifying items for field and home use since I was a kid. I used to cook out of a coffee can on camping trips, although I prefer my two canteen cups now.. It's good to keep sharp on adapting objects in case you can't get ahold of exactly what you need.
 

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Bumping thread: Thread needs more pictures not stock photo's but actual pictures.
I absolutely agree! I am doing that today! :thumb:
(wife was using the camera yesterday)
 
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One more thing...this can't be the "easy" way.

You can't just go to your kitchen and pick out a big knife and say "done".
It has to be an item that is thrown away (like those I've picked out).
So what your asking is what can or have we dumpster dove out that can be utilized for survival?

Lately, a live bait trap (fishing), Styrofoam cooler, dolly, rope, three man tent with one broken pole (called the manufacturer and got a new pole for 30 bucks), galvanized metal pail and many more than just that which at this point in time I cannot recall. I have a hard time recalling because I have made this a part of my life to stop and check the dumpster at a pass. My biggest prep from the dumpster, cans and bottles. Each month pulled about 100 bucks form just diving for cans and bottles. And that 100 bucks gets recycled toward preps. Essentially, for the cost of my time I am getting myself prepped.
 

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Okay, here we go. The beginnings of my Free Kit...

I've included pics of my PVC Fishing Kit along with my Bamboo Walking Stick.
Ignore the fishing bits & match case, but take note of the prescription pill bottle.
Most make excellent waterproof containers.

And of course, there are the Ranger Bands (cut up Bicycle Inner Tubing) in various widths.
You can get those free at Bike Shops from their trash bin from flat tire repairs AND you can
also get brake/derailleur cable too which would come in handy.

The square box is a Stainless Steel strainer for a roof drain.
I'm pretty sure it's going to make a great little wood burning stove.
I have yet to modify it, but I'll post my findings with it in a few weeks.

Then, there is the VCR vent grill that I've been using as a shelf for my Esbit.
That can easily be placed on two rocks over a wood burning fire or embers to
work as a stand alone grill as well.

Containers: 1.5L Fiji Water Bottle, 32oz Powerade Bottle,
10oz Bustelo Coffee Can/Hobo Stove & Food/Edible Storage.

Of course there's the jute & twine from my site and this is a smaller piece
of 3'X3' Tyvek I had (I also had a 5'X7' piece that would be shelter).
This small piece could be formed into a pack or sack.
Again, it's waterproof and breathable.


 

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18 minutes old and you had to bump it?
Or, he could've been subscribing to it the easy way.

So what your asking is what can or have we dumpster dove out that can be utilized for survival?

Lately, a live bait trap (fishing), Styrofoam cooler, dolly, rope, three man tent with one broken pole (called the manufacturer and got a new pole for 30 bucks), galvanized metal pail and many more than just that which at this point in time I cannot recall. I have a hard time recalling because I have made this a part of my life to stop and check the dumpster at a pass. My biggest prep from the dumpster, cans and bottles. Each month pulled about 100 bucks form just diving for cans and bottles. And that 100 bucks gets recycled toward preps. Essentially, for the cost of my time I am getting myself prepped.
Nicely done sir. :thumb:
 

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Thats a good idea. Funny thing is I do this every day but tomorrow i'm going beach combing I'll see what i can come with besides the clams I plan on digging.
 

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Good thread.

I'll give up a trade secret because ya'll are survivor brethren and all.....

Tractor Supply. You would not believe what I find in their dumpsters.
 
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