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The corkscrew

The wine world is full of gadgets but the basic method for extracting a cork from a bottle hasn't changed much since the first corkscrew was patented, in 1795, by Reverend Samuell Henshall in England.

Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

Toxic chemical in baby bottles escapes ban

The government yesterday called on plastics makers to find alternatives to the controversial chemical BPA, but stopped short of joining the list of places, including the mainland, that ban its use in baby bottles.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bottle collector uncorks city's past

Simon Cheung is no mudlark, but he has ploughed through heaps of rubbish in hundreds of abandoned villages over the past two decades.

He looks for anything that does not decay over time, such as old bottles. As houses crumble and villagers move to the city, the bottles lie unnoticed within the ruins - until they reveal their stories to Cheung.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Baby bottles made with chemical BPA banned

Beijing is banning baby bottles made with the chemical bisphenol A for fear that it may be harmful to infants, according to a government notice released online last week.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to harden plastics such as those used to make water bottles and baby milk bottles.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Toys 'R' Us, Sogo take feeding bottles off shelves

Toys 'R' Us and the Sogo department store removed plastic baby bottles from their shelves yesterday amid concerns over the chemical bisphenol A, despite customs department assurances that products sold in the city were safe.

Last night, a spokeswoman said Jusco would recall all brands of plastic baby feeding bottles.

23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hands off

The hands-free One Touch can-opener was conceived with a specific audience in mind: elderly people with weak or arthritic hands. But millions of other users took a liking to its clever design.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Green machines on the move

It is definitely not another story of old wine in a new bottle, but one of old plastic bottles in a machine designed with green intention. Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong is operating a plastic-bottle recycling programme which employs technology borrowed from the Octopus card and the bar-code scanner.

11 May 2007 - 12:00am

hit the bottle

Necessity is clearly the mother of invention. Pitotubes are refillable travel bottles ideal for decanting your lotions and potions for lighter, more compact and better-organised travel. Their best selling point, however, is that the bottles use a sealed, airless pump to prevent leakage during air travel.

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Bottle openers

1. Vertica stainless-steel bottle opener, $350, from Georg Jensen, shop 120, Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2868 0707.

2. Silver-plated bottle opener, $780, from LS Collection, 8B Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2868 9163.

3. SUK key bottle opener, $118, from Homeless, 29 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2581 1880.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Public feedback sought on faulty-goods recall system

Public opinion is being sought on a proposed recall system after recent reports of defective products, including low-quality baby bottles, endangering children's lives.

The announcement was made by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine yesterday, which was International Children's Day.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Smart thinking

Sometimes the simplest designs make the most impact. Take the Alessi Marli bottle opener (below; $150) by Australian designer Steven Blaess. Made of stainless steel, it heralds a new way of removing bottle caps: it apparently requires less physical energy compared with traditional lever-action openers.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Odd couples aren't necessarily couples at odds with each other; polar opposites often work well together. That seems to be the point Germany's Ritzenhoff ( is making with its new Romeo & Juliet bottle openers.

19 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Trial uncaps bottle collection potential

A trial scheme subsidising the recycling of plastic bottles has increased collections by 150 per cent.

In the first subsidised scheme of its kind, two contractors have been hired to collect bottles at public and private housing estates for three months.

30 Apr 2001 - 12:00am