Take a look around. How many plastic items you can spot? From the computer you’re using to your water bottle, plastic is all around.
Plastic is one of the most commonly man-made materials and is often taken for granted. Years of using plastic and littering, as through there were no tomorrow, has resulted in an estimated 315 billion pounds of plastic floating in our world’s oceans!
Fortunately you can all do something to reduce your plastic waste – recycle it!
Let’s take your water bottle for example – you could throw it in the bin, which will ensure it ends up in a landfill, or deposit it in a recycling bin so it can be transformed into something new! Made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), plastic bottles can be recycled and turned into a non-toxic fibre used to stuff duvets, sleeping bags and pillows. It’s also used to make ISOTHERM Thermal Insulation, an eco-friendly non-toxic insulatation for roofs, walls and geysers.
PETco, the South African PET plastic recycling organisation, report that 38,000 tons of PET plastic was recycled in 2010 and in 2011 they almost reached 40 000 tons! It’s encouraging but there are still far too many plastic bottles that end up in landfills or worse – littering the environment! Make a small lifestyle change by looking for a recycling drop-off point near you. Click here for a list of recycling drop-off points nationwide.
Sources: PETco and 5 Gyres