Overcoming our plastic problem

Do you recycle? Do you actively separate your paper, plastics, cans and glass? If not, you ~ a consumer ~ are part of the problem. For unless consumers learn about recycling and change their behaviour the world is doomed to drown under an ever-increasing mountain of waste. All it needs to change is a bit of education and a lot of application.

Although globally only 20% of all used plastic is recycled, it is the most recyclable of all man-made products, and with a little bit of effort and some knowledge you can make your contribution at household level. The truth is, a lot of the plastics we use in our everyday lives are recyclable. There are seven logos found on plastic products that will determine their recyclability. Often the symbol is the famous three arrows in a triangle with a number between one to seven inside. In South Africa, the commonly recycled plastics are 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.

To read more about what these plastics are and what they can be made into, click here.