1. Bottled water in plastic
In ‘Disappointing But Not Surprising’ news, plastic bottle caps and plastic bottles are now the second and third most frequent types of trash discovered in the world’s seas, respectively. Refillable bottles can help reduce the 594,000 tonnes of plastic bottles that we discard each year. Apps like Refill or Tap can show you where to top up while you’re out and about.
2. Food trays made of black plastic
Infrared lasers are used by sorting devices to determine the kind of plastic being recycled. Black plastic, however, is hard for the lasers to distinguish, thus it often does not get recycled. There is a new black plastic being introduced that can be detected by infrared, but before you put any black plastic, such as takeout sushi platters, in your recycling bin, be sure your local municipality can handle it.
3. Fruit and vegetables that are individually wrapped
The absurd growth in individually wrapped fruit was recently brought to light by Greenpeace; fans sent in pictures of oranges, bananas, and even coconuts wrapped in plastic. However, buying loose fruit and vegetables, switching to a veg box delivery service, and inquiring at your supermarket about their efforts to comply with the UK Plastics Pact can all help put an end to the practise of needlessly wrapping your five-a-day. Cucumbers, for example, stay fresh for 15 days rather than five.If you need packaging for fruit and vegetables please check out our website.
4. Pouches for food
Food and drink pouches are already a common item in our grocery carts, whether we’re feeding a hungry newborn on the move or giving our cats a special meal. The issue is that since these pouches are constructed of numerous distinct layers that must first be separated before recycling, they are exceedingly challenging to recycle. The outcome? Every year, billions are dumped in landfills. The majority of local authorities don’t recycle them, however a business by the name of TerraCycle currently collects and recycles certain pouches.
5. Pizza boxes
Although baking your own pizza at home may be less expensive than getting it delivered, the packaging is another matter. Many pizza bases continue to be manufactured of polystyrene, which cannot be recycled, and if the cardboard box becomes grease-contaminated, it must be discarded or burned. Is there a transparent film window on the box? Verify if it may be taken out of the cardboard and recycled. If not, even if both components might have been recycled individually, the whole package can wind up in a landfill.
6. Coffee capsules and pods
20 billion coffee pods are now in use globally, and many of them wind up in landfills where it might take 500 years for them to decompose. Even though certain brands may be recycled, consumers must drop them off at collection locations or make arrangements for them to be picked up; according to Nestlé, only 27.8% of Nespresso capsules are recycled at the moment. One solution is to use refillable or compostable coffee capsules, or you may stay with takeout coffee to keep you fueled up. If you choose the latter option, just remember your reusable cup.