TAG: Plastic

Know The Symbols?

Plastic Recycling Symbols

PET plastic, known as polyethylene terephthalate, is the most common for single use beverages because it is lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to recycle. PET poses a lower risk of leaching breakdown products.  PET is represented by a 1 centered in three rotating arrows. PET is generally recycled into polar fleece, tote bags, straps and carpet. HDPE, known as high density polyethylene, is a versatile plastic with many uses especially for packaging. HDPE has a low risk of leaching. HDPE is mostly recycled into laundry soap bottles, pens, doghouses, picnic tables, and even fencing. HDPE is represented by a 2 centered… read more

Wasteful Over-Packaging

Unnecessary extra packaging

Surely everyone has experienced the bafflement of packaging. Why companies continue to over-wrap, over-cover, over-layer, their products is beyond me. Below are some culprits that should perhaps be avoided or found alternatives too. You could always write in to the brands and voice your concerns. Tea Bags – If you buy in bulk, tea-bags are a lot more environmentally friendly. This way you get more tea bag and less packaging. I find the smaller the package the more layers they tend to use. Outrageous! I bought a pack of 10 bags the other day and not only did it have… read more

Recycling at home

Recycling at home

11 tips on reducing, reusing and recycling

BPA health risks

BPA health risks plastic bottles

Some say they are harmful, some say they are not. Who should we trust?

Plastic bags are evil

Plastic bags kill turtles

Plastic bags last for five hundred to a thousand years

Scientists turn CO2 into $

Carbon dioxide

A group of South Korean researchers has developed a way to commercially utilize carbon dioxide that may offer a new approach to dealing with climate change. The team from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) has successfully produced carbonic anhydrase, an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to bicarbonate and protons that, in turn, could produce substances widely used in industrial products, including plastic, rubber, paint and artificial bones, according to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The research was part of a government-funded project to develop ways to capture and store carbon… read more

Modern eco chair

Butter seat

Australian designers, Nicholas Karlovasitis & Sarah Gibson, have created a 100% recycled chair that itself is 100% recyclable! The Butter Seat is derived almost entirely from post consumer recycled milk containers. The product comes in both upholstered and non-upholstered versions. The non-upholstered version is suitable for indoor and outdoor use as it is UV stable and waterproof. The Butter Seat can be transported as a flat piece to reduce its environmental impact during distribution. The robustness of the chair ensures product longevity and DesignByThem offers a product stewardship program where it takes back products to be repaired, reused or recycled…. read more