The Definitive Guide to Recycling: Plastic By the Numbers

by 4ocean Team January 18, 2019

The Definitive Guide to Recycling: Plastic By the Numbers

 

Knowing what plastics you can and can't recycle is half the battle. However, it can be a daunting task to understand all the nuances of plastic recycling when there are so many different types of plastic with hard-to-pronounce scientific names and ways that each may or may not be recycled. 

To help you understand these plastic complexities, the 4ocean Education Team put together a series of easy-to-understand infographics that give you the basics. Make sure to read through all of them carefully so that when you are sorting for the recycle bin, your plastic recycling game is on point. 

 

1. PET: Polyethylene Terephthalate

4ocean Education - Polyethylene Terephthalate

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2. HDPE: High-Density Polyethylene

4ocean Education - High-Density Polyethylene

 

3. PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride

4ocean Education - Polyvinyl Chloride

 

4. LDPE: Low-Density Polyethylene

4ocean Education - Low-Density Polyethylene

 

5. PP: Polypropylene

4ocean Education - Polypropylene

 

6. PS: Polystyrene

4ocean Education - Polystyrene

 

7. Other

4ocean Education - Other

 

Now that you have the knowledge needed to efficiently maximize your plastic recycling efforts, take a minute to think about where you can make changes in your everyday life to use less plastic in the first place. Can you buy in bulk? Can you choose items not wrapped in plastic? Can you carry reusable bags to the store? All of these things are relatively easy to achieve if you simply put your mind to it. 

Making buying decisions based on the use of less plastic is one of the most powerful ways you can "vote" for companies to use less plastic in their consumer goods pipeline. It's already starting to have an effect and companies are paying attention to the will of the consumer. 

Another way to help curb the plastic ocean pollution problem is by purchasing a 4ocean recycled bracelet that removes one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.

Bottom line..... try to use less plastic and recycle what you do use more efficiently. The ocean will thank you for it, and so do we.  

 

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