Make The Switch From Single-Use To Reusables
Paper bags are highly recyclable, yet only 20% actually end up being recycled, and the rest end up in the same place as single-use plastic bags.Recycling.com
What are reusables?
Reusables in the recycling world, are products the replace single-use plastics and can be used multiple times. To reuse something is to utilise it for its original purpose or to fulfil a different function.
Reusing is different from recycling though. Recycling is about breaking down used products into their raw materials so the new products can be made from it again. Meanwhile, reusing simply means using one product multiple times, which helps save time, money, energy and resources.
Why should you use reusables?
One question everyone asked themselves before making a change in their lives is, “why?”. Why should you make this change? Why is it better than what you are currently doing? The answer has multiple layers to it. The functional, financial, environmental, and aesthetic.
Reusable products, such as reusable grocery bags and water bottles are usually better looking than their single-use alternative, but they are also better quality and also have more functions, and are more practical too. For example, have you ever seen an insulated single-use water bottle or a single-use grocery bag with a zipper or pouch to fold it into?
There are also more serious reasons why you should make the switch to reusables, which are the costs of one-time-use plastics. The cost they have on the environment and the cost they have on your wallet. These important reasons will be discussed further in the next sections.
Reusables and the environments
The overarching reason to make the switch from single-use solutions to reusable alternatives is to become more environmentally friendly and reduce the waste production in your household. Reusables can help you significantly reduce plastic waste production.
The reason this is important is that only 2% of plastic is closed-loop recycled in the world. Meaning even if you recycle your plastics properly only very little of it is actually processed correctly. This is why every year over 8 million tons of waste enter our oceans, and when plastic enters the sea it takes hundreds of years to break down and even then the material will never biodegrade. This means the plastic will stay in the ocean forever in the form of microplastics, polluting the environment, harming marine life and contaminating the food chain.
This is why, even when you recycle your plastics, you should still try to reduce the plastic waste you produce as much as possible. Reusables are a great way to do this! Therefore, we would like to encourage you to take a look at and perhaps invest in some of the reusable products in the menu above.
Are reusables cost saving?
Currently, we are using single-use plastics at the cost of the environment. So we can save on on that aspect, but we can also save financially by investing in reusables. Reusables with pay off in the long run, just test it out!
With most single-use plastic products you make a small investment on a very frequent basis. For example, those 20cents every time you go to the grocery store and are charged for a plastic bag. On the other hand, a reusable grocery bag may cost you $5 if you choose an inexpensive one, but you can use it for years to come. If you do the math, 25 single-use bags cost as much as one reusable grocery bag, however, you can probably use a reusable bag more than 100 times.
The same goes for the somewhat alternative SodaStream, where each carbonator cartridge displaces 40 bottles of sparkling water, according to The Guardian. If you do the math for other reusables you will usually come to the same conclusion. If you commit to everyday reusables and they are beneficial financially and for the environment in the long term.
Step Up: Recycle, Reuse & Reduce
The three arrows of the recycling symbol represent the three main stages of the recycling process: recycling, reusing and reducing. Together the arrows form a closed loop. Step up and implement eco-friendly replacements in your daily life.
By Recycling.com/ 15 October 2021