Mopping Up the Problem of Plastic
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!
A New Spin on 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?
- It’s a more sustainable option. Customers can now choose reusable, washable microfiber napkins made using recycled plastic over single-use paper towels or cloth napkins made from virgin materials.
- It’s Earth-friendly—each Norwex Napkin is made from 50% recycled materials, and each set of four contains the equivalent of five 500 ml recycled plastic bottles.
- People can now help clean up the world as they reduce chemicals on their floors, where children and pets play. Each extremely durable Wet Mop Pad is made from 70% recycled materials, thus keeping the equivalent of 2.3 500 ml bottles out of the landfill. And because these pads are used with only water—no harsh cleaning chemicals required—families stay safer as chemicals are eliminated.
- An antibacterial agent is woven into each of the new microfiber products—and each also comes with the company’s standard two-year microfiber warranty.
- The Wet Mop Pad also has the proven ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface with only water when following the proper care and use instructions.
- Best of all, proceeds from the sale of the new wet mop pad benefit The Washed Ashore Project, a nonprofit partner of the Norwex Foundation for A Brighter Future.
Bottom line? This is one of the most exciting things to happen to microfiber in quite some time—if I do say so myself.
- Currently only around 27% of plastic bottles are recycled.
- 5 trillion plastic bags are used every year, and fewer than 1% are recycled.
- Always rinse plastic before recycling it to keep mold, insects and scavenging animals away.
- Over 51,000 trees are cut down daily to support North America’s paper towel habit.
- More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded | ScienceDaily
- Beyond Plastic: 10 Eco Products Made From Recycled Plastic | One Green Planet
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- What Recycled Beverage Containers Become | Recycle Everywhere
- Recycling: 6 New Products Made From Old Plastic Bottles | Money
- 9 Ways to Remember Your Reusable Bags | Norwex Movement
- Plastic Bags Used Per Year | The World Counts
- The Easy Way To Tell Which Plastics Go In The Recycle Bin | Greenopedia
- Partnerships | Norwex Movement
- BOTTLED WATER FACTS | Ban the Bottle
- Interesting Plastic Recycling Facts – Plastic Recycling Information