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"Recyclable"

What do you think when you see this word on a product?
Most of us who are not involved in the manufacturing process, hold a PhD. in Plastics or work in recycling can find this term confusing or just plain misleading.
We are naive when we think “recyclable” means that the item can be recycled when you place it into a common recycling bin. Sometimes it might mean that, but in reality it’s unlikely.

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The simple 101 of Plastics Recycling

Is everything plastic recyclable?
That magical thing that happens once you throw that plastic bottle, cup, cap, lid, spoon, etc isn’t as magical as you might think. I’ve been researching this for the last year, and at every turn I’ve found so many things that we’ve been misinformed about.
The recycling facilities do not accept everything for recycling.
Compared to all that we consume, what the recycling facilities accept are too limited.
The challenges are in educating people about types of plastics out there, what can be recycled and how, and what can’t be recycled at all. And this changes from one municipality to another since recycling is tied to Cities.

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Keeping your Teeth and the Environment Healthy at the same time

Well yes, a single toothbrush isn’t going to save the earth. But a single one is going to kill multiple seabirds and marine mammals. And a million of them is going to harm the oceans as a whole.
Imagine that dentists tell everybody to change their toothbrushes every 3 months – that’s 4 toothbrushes a year per person! Where this claim of having to change your toothbrush every 3 months comes from, is an entire other discussion for me. (Industry!) Say that only half the people in the US alone brush their teeth every day and do this. That’s 150million x 4 = 600 million toothbrushes a year from the US alone. Then you can stretch this to other Western countries, developed Asian countries and populations etc.

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Earth and Us
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Earth and Us

Here’s a different type of post. Something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time…
Reflecting on us vs. our planet.  We watch what we eat, we take breaks and go to vacations, we give ourselves breaks and attend shows and concerts. We do what we can to keep our heads clear, to keep our bodies clean and clear.

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Alternatives to Single use Plastics in our Day to day

Going plastic free is perfectly possible while enjoying life’s and civilization’s offerings. Our focus needs to switch to our consuming habits. The movement moves the power to us, consumers, and ties into being empowered through the impact we have with each purchase we make.

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