Everyone knows that recycling is good for the planet. We see it in the new “up cycling”and repurposing trends and in the support for businesses with environmentally friendly practices. But it isn’t enough to just repurpose DIY projects from your home. Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment and should be part of our everyday routine. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. The easiest way to make something a habit is to get rewarded for it and to start early!
— Jeana (@SurfnSunshine) March 10, 2013
Many states offer incentives like recycle deposits/refunds on plastic bottles and aluminum cans. But sadly, even with these incentives only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. In 2011 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills. In Michigan the recycle deposit is 10cents and I used to treat myself to fresh flowers with money I received from recycling our soda cans and bottles. Now we give that money to my daughter each month for her to save and spend. It’s a great way to show her that recycling is rewarding even if she can’t yet see the environmental rewards it contains. But encouraging kids to just recycle plastics aren’t enough.
- U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%
- 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011
- Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recycled plastic. It just means it CAN BE recycled. In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.
What about the hundreds of papers they bring home from school each year? While we would love to hang every single one on the fridge a good majority end up in the trash. Then there are the countless pounds of plastic pudding cups and other various snacks. What if every day we divided our trash into paper, plastic and disposable to be recycled? You could even turn it into a fun DIY project by creating your own decorated containers for each product.
By recycling products not only are we making our planet a better place but we’re also making it possible for corporations to practice environmental responsibility. For example, Arrowhead’s new ReBorn™ bottle is made with 50% recycled plastic and demonstrates how the plastic you recycle can be given a new life. Arrowhead’s has a goal to create a 100% recycled parts bottle but at this moment there isn’t enough recycled plastic available. In order for them to do their part, we have to do ours. So start recycling your plastic today, and get your family involved to start incorporating recycling as part of your everyday routine.