Only 9% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled.
Did your jaw drop to the floor because ours did. Recycling is a tricky subject that often leaves people confused on proper disposal practices. Can I recycle this? Do I need to clean the container? What do these numbers and arrows mean? How do these get sorted? These are some of the many questions that arise with the way our recycling system has come to be.
The Ole “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Solution
The well rehearsed “triple threat” we have been saying for ages Reduce, Reuse, Recycle really isn’t all that threatening to fighting waste. We have come to glorify recycling as the only solution to our environmental crisis of waste. When in reality, we have totally forgotten the reduce and reuse part that actually make more of difference than recycling. No we don’t hate recycling, but picture this. The world is facing a waste crisis that continues to flow from a faucet we can’t shut off. Recycling is like taking a mop to a running faucet. Yes it may help (with better recycling education and practices), but it isn’t the solution.
Alternative steps to reduce waste instead of just REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
The Harsh Reality
Recycling is effective if materials are sold as a profit after. Yet, many resources like fuel, water, and greenhouse gases go into recycling an item. Therefore, reducing our waste or reuse is better for the environment as no additional resources are used. More often times than not, our efforts of recycling end up wasted.
Many of our unwanted trash gets sent off to burden developing countries. What do they do with it? Burn it or spread it into the environment as many vulnerable countries don’t proper disposable methods . Clearly, our waste management system in is a humanitarian, environmental, and health problem that is impacting the planet.
If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they’re not going to be as concerned about the environment - Larry Thomas
Now For Some Good News
Despite of all this depressing news, there are some good news. First off, you’re reading this and learning! Pat yourself on the back, you upcoming environmentalist. This is HUGE as we need more people like you to learn what the heck is going on with the world’s waste disposal to make CHANGE! Finally, change creates momentum of people near and far sticking up for the health of our people, planet, and prosperity. For starters, people have been working on policies banning single-use plastics like straws, bags, balloons, plastic cutlery by request, and even having producers take on more responsibility to the products they make and effective disposal procedures. This is just the start people. Recycling is the first step to the bigger fight. Are you in?
We hope so! This is the start of many posts to help educate on proper recycling practices, what we need to say no to, and how to change the products we buy to reduce waste for a better planet.