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3 Areas We need to Focus on to Tackle Plastic Waste

The future depends on our ability to decrease the production of new plastics while also eliminating the plastic waste that is already sitting in our ocean, on our soil, in our deserts, and even on Mount Everest! It’s everywhere and every single one of them needs a solution.

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What does 8 Million Tons of Plastic Mean?
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What does 8 Million Tons of Plastic Mean?

You’ve heard the 8 Million Tons of plastics entering our ocean every year. That’s the 15 trucks every minute statistic.

We have so many numbers. But what does 8 Million Tons mean to you? Or 15 trucks full of plastics every minute. What does that look like at the end of a day or a week?

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Two things that recycling is not: The Solution and the Enemy
Collecting plastics before they make their way into the ocean is key, we're all in this together.

Two things that recycling is not: The Solution and the Enemy

With the heightened awareness around plastic pollution and the rising willingness of consumers to “do something about it” comes the much-needed attention to recycling. This attention brings with it supporters…

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"Recyclable"
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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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