10 little percent28 August 2022 20:31
At this time less than 10% of the plastic used around the world is recycled, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The market for recycled plastics has grown very little, mainly because it is more expensive to produce. So even if you comfort yourself with putting your plastic waste into the recycling bin, there is no guarantee that it will reach the destination you have in mind.
One very simple thing you can do that is 100% guaranteed to reduce plastic waste is carry around a glass water bottle. According to Equa, a brand I happen to love, using a glass water bottle reduces about 217 single use plastic bottles per year. And especially in countries where the tap water is of high quality, using a glass water bottle instead of plastic is a tremendous opportunity to reduce plastic waste.
At this time less than 10% of the plastic used around the world is recycled. Gobsmacking.