Plastic, plastic, plastic… Americans discard 30 million tons a year. The world’s population throws away enough annually to surround the Earth x4. And in the States, we only recycle about 8% of the plastic we manufacture. Most of these products are made for a single use. (i.e. a straw or cup at a restaurant that’s used and thrown away.) Packaging is also major culprit. How many times do we eat a bag of chips or a granola bar and toss the plastic wrapper in the trash?
At Recover we’re always trying to limit the plastics we use in our operation. Last month we started packing our shirts for shipment in compostable bags, which will keep hundreds of thousands of poly bags out of the landfill. With the switch, our packaging is now 100% recyclable and compostable. We hope this will inspire others to think about ways to stop using plastic. As our friend Chris Maxey at the Island School said, “one person picking up a piece of plastic on the street that might blow into a river that might blow into an ocean, is making a huge difference. And you gotta believe in that.”
If you don’t have a composting bin in the backyard, go to Find A Composter to locate a facility in your area.