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recycling: become a guru

recycling: become a guru

According to a recent study, 91% of plastic waste isn't recycled.
But don't despair, we've prepared the following 5 top tips to become a recycling guru:
1. Don't lose faith

The statistics can sometimes look grim but don't give up on recycling.
Recycling isn't the solution in itself but it certainly is part of the solution.
2. Do your homework

Find out what your local recycling facility can recycle. Depending on the type of facility, they may or may not be able to recycle certain materials. Once you know what can be recycled, you'll know what can be disposed of and what should be sent for recycling. Recycling facilities receive a huge amount of material that can't be recycled and a large amount of energy is required to remove the contaminated waste from the recyclable materials.
3. Buy sensibly

Once you know what your local facility can recycle, try to buy products that are wrapped in materials that your facility can effectively recycle.
4. Create less waste

Most importantly, try to create less waste and use re-useable packaging rather than single use. However hard we try, a large proportion of our waste will end up in landfill or the natural environment and the best way to prevent that is by creating less waste in the first place.
5. Spread the word and protest

Spread the word, join the debate and make others aware of the issues surrounding recycling.
Join environmental marches and protests because ultimately, recycling in itself isn't the solution, governments and big businesses must act.
To be a true guru, you also have to understand the Resin Identification Code (RIC) system (the recycling symbols numbered 1 to 7 that you see on plastic packaging) and check with your local recycling centre which they can recycle.
As a general rule, numbers 1 and 2 are more likely to be effectively recycled than numbers 3 to 7.

At object we do our bit by saying no to plastic altogether. We've created a range of beauty essentials that are 100% plastic free. What's more, the packaging for our solid shampoo bars, cleansing bars and conditioner bars is made from up to 50% recycled cotton from the clothing industry. It's recyclable, home compostable and biodegradable.

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