Recycling Plastic: Myths and Top Tips
There are increasing calls for businesses to be more environmentally aware of the products they use, particularly with plastics.
We have written several articles on which Katrin recycled toilet paper is best for you and our Enviro Range is at the forefront of innovation for being less environmentally impactful compared to standard products.
However, it is also our job to challenge common assumptions surrounding recycling and we hope that by making our customers more aware of the whole picture, you can make a more informed decision when purchasing your products.
Did You Know?
Dark coloured plastic bottles cannot be recycled because automatic machines do not pick up the colour when sorting them out. The colour is only there for cosmetic reasons to entice you to buy the product.
Hence, almost all of our cleaning chemicals are supplied in white or clear plastic bottles.
Is Glass a Better Alternative?
Some people suggest using glass bottles as an alternative to plastic and though there are several benefits to glass, you must also take into the account the carbon footprint used to produce them and recycle them in terms of heat/fuel used to melt glass.
Did You Know - It costs twice as much money to transport glass bottles compare to plastic bottles.
Are Plastic Bags The Only Option?
Many of our customers order environmental products that are good ideas in principle but not so much in practice. For instance, compostable bags have much less impact on the environment than plastic bags.
However, the compostable bags can only decompose if they are exposed to oxygen, which is not always the case if they go straight to landfill and are completely covered under mounds of other waste. Therefore, rendering their initial purpose useless and meaning plastic bags would have had a much smaller carbon footprint.
Disposing of Waste Correctly
If the organisation chose to dispose of the waste in a manner which allowed oxygen to decompose the bags, then that would be of benefit to the environment.
In fact, much of the bad reputation plastic gets are simply because rubbish seems to pollute our streets and waterways.
Over 80% of littering is intentional, so making people more aware of recycling and waste bins is paramount for any company wishing to improve their environmental standing.
For more information on this subject please view Kim Ragaert's TEDx Talk "Plastics Rehab" by clicking here >