The first “R” is “refuse” but many people—myself included!—often find it challenging to say no. If you’re new to the idea of Zero Waste and struggle with the thought of declining single-use plastic, free promotional items, or other unwanted items, you may find these tips helpful. If you’re a seasoned pro, you may wish to share these ideas with your friends who are just starting out.
Two recent news articles about plastic recycling have me shaking my head. It’s shameful that for a so-called “developed” country like Canada, we cannot properly handle the waste we create—and we create waste at a mind-boggling rate. Repeat after me: recycling is NOT the answer! These are the two news reports that have me tearing my hair out at the moment:
Rather than discussing a type of plastic today, I’m discussing how plastics behave—and how we should best treat them.
More plastics info coming at you! Last time I wrote about resin codes, so today I wanted to talk about some of the other symbols we see on plastics. I think there’s a TON of misinformation out there about what these symbols mean.
Note: This post has been updated with new information, as of February 2020.
Welcome to my second post addressing some of the reasons why we need to reduce our waste. (Click here for the first post, all about landfills.)
As a society, we love recycling. It’s hard not to love it, when it’s promoted as such a fantastic thing: all of a sudden, it doesn’t matter that your strawberries are packaged in a plastic clamshell container, because there’s that little lovely triangle with the recycling symbol on the bottom. Put the container in your recycling bin, and it happily lives on to be made into new plastic packaging.
Except, that’s not how it works.