Recycling is good (if we do it right), reusing is better
We live in a society where we now think more and more about what we buy and how it will affect our health and the environment. We are separating our trash in recyclables, compostable and general waste thinking we make a difference. In most cases we do. Unfortunately, there is more to that and most people are not fully educated on what could actually be recycled and what goes to the wastelands and oceans despite putting them in the recyclable bin.
Every country has information, usually on government’s or waste collecting companies’ websites, showing what exactly can be recycled. Even I, a few years back was putting every single plastic or paper in the recycling bin, believing I am doing the right thing. Then I started learning more on the subject and it turned out I was probably doing more harm than good. That is due to the fact that the technology of the recyclable companies is not as advanced as I thought it would be.
For example, soft plastics such as food wrappers and packaging are impossible to be recycled together with hard plastics such as food containers. Food contaminated paper also could not be recycled, which I did not know and was throwing my oily pizza boxes in the recycling bin thinking I am doing the right thing when in fact I was creating difficulties for the recycling companies process.
What is the solution then? One would be educating ourselves and the people around us on what can go to the recycling bin. In Ireland, you can do that by following this link https://www.mywaste.ie/what-to-do-with-my-recycling/ and here https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/environment/waste_management_and_recycling/domestic_recycling_services.html
Another solution would be to try and reuse more than trying to recycle. Cling film, for example, was one thing I was sure I can recycle because the logic was all plastic is recyclable. Well as we learned it is not and wrapping plastic foil is one of the worst and most toxic to the earth plastic there is. For this specific problem here at ecotseco we offer a solution that is eco-friendly and could be reused for over 100 times for a period of around a year. The beeswax food wrap will save you money and give you peace of mind of not harming the planet with toxic waste.
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