From shoes to travel bags, skateboards to sunglasses, all kinds of useful things are now being created from recycled plastic. And that’s good, especially considering how big the problem of plastic pollution is. But exactly what kind of plastic is used to create these products? And how much good does it really do to purchase them?
What Kind of Plastic Is That?
According to RecycleYourPlastics.org, specific types of plastic are used to create certain kinds of items. For example:
Plastic wraps and bags are used to create playground equipment, park benches, decking and fencing—even new plastic bags. But if you still use plastic bags to carry items home from the store, you should know that curbside recycling programs are not the best way to recycle them. Instead, many retailers are now offering to recycle these bags, so they don’t end up in the landfill. Still, your best bet is to bring your own reusable bag and avoid plastic altogether.
Milk jugs, laundry detergent and shampoo bottles are made of a strong and lightweight plastic known as HDPE, or #2-coded plastic. These kinds of containers can be recycled into plastic lumber, picnic tables, playground equipment, recycling bins and new bottles and containers. This type of plastic is one of the two most recycled plastics and is easily handled by most curbside programs.
Plastic beverage bottles are made from a thinner type of plastic known as PET, or #1-coded plastic, and are also easily recycled. These types of bottles are turned into carpeting; fabric for t-shirts, sweaters and fleece jackets; insulating material for jackets and sleeping bags; more bottles…
…and now microfiber!
You heard it here first! Plastic beverage bottles are now also being recycled into microfiber! And one company near and dear to us all is the very first to use this new spin on microfiber to help clean up the world while also reducing chemicals and creating safer havens across the world. Norwex is now incorporating recycled PET plastic materials into its microfiber product line, offering brand-new products to help solve a decades-old problem—plastic pollution.
What makes this cutting-edge microfiber so appealing?
Bottom line? This is one of the most exciting things to happen to microfiber in quite some time—if I do say so myself.