If you care about the environment, just like the rest of us you probably do your best to recycle plastic containers and other similar plastic material.
Recently it has been discovered that most of the plastic materials that we think we are recycling end up being discarded on land fills in other countries. It’s really sad to know that as much as we think we’re doing the best we can, we are pretty much doing nothing at all of this plastic is not actually being recycled like we are told it is.
So what’s the solution? I think the solution is to realise that as consumers we hold all the power. We should be more supportive of brands that do not use plastics for their packaging or brands that allow return of empties for discounted purchases. After all how else can we ensure plastic materials actually end up being recycled when we do not have control once we’ve packed it away in recycle bins. Some argue that the eco-brands tend to be expensive, so they rather pay for plastic packaged products. Our agenda as consumers is to promote and encourage all brands to push towards non plastic packaging and also the government to have more control over where plastic that we think we recycled ends up. Perhaps there should be a reward system to encourage everyone including the plastic disposers to ensure that plastic material is sort properly and recycled as it should.