Did you know?
Recycling one 500ml plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a lightbulb for an amazing nine hours. The energy saved comes from not extracting new materials to turn into plastic.
Some single-use plastics are problematic because they can’t be recycled at home, things like plastic cutlery, stirrers, cotton buds, plastic bags and plastic wrapping (on bottles, bread bags, toilet rolls etc.). Many of these items are now being phased out by The UK Plastics Pact, a coalition of manufacturers which represents 95% of the UK’s plastic production. Some retailers also have recycling points for plastic wrapping and bags in stores, so look out for that when you next go shopping.
Is recycled plastic any good?
You may have heard that recycling degrades the quality of plastic. This happens because the current process involves heating the plastic, which changes its properties. However, our recycling process is improving and new technologies are being developed to help combat this.
It’s not realistic to think that we can remove plastic packaging completely from our lives. But we can, and should, take steps to stop it polluting our environment.