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Let's Talk About It - Recycling

Recycling is a fundamental aspect of sustainable living. It is a simple way to reduce waste and help preserve the environment for future generations. Most people understand the importance of recycling, but few know the ins and outs of the practice. Did you know that certain types of plastics, like soft plastics, cannot be recycled in your typical residential recycling bin? Or that a significant portion of materials placed in recycling bins actually end up in landfills? In this blog post, we will delve into the world of recycling and provide simple tips and useful information to help you become a recycling master.

Soft Plastic Recycling: Most people do not realize that soft plastics such as bread bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap -and yes...the bags your clothes come shipped in- cannot be recycled in your standard curbside recycling bin. If you are wondering how to recycle soft plastics, it is important to note that some grocery stores offer collection containers to recycle items such as bread bags and Ziploc bags. Other soft plastics can be recycled through specialty programs such as the Mailing Back Program by TerraCycle, which allows you to mail back your soft plastics for recycling. To save yourself multiple trips to a local soft plastic recycling bin or center, you can try the following with our recyclable shipping bags that your 8760 orders come in:

  • Extend the use of your soft plastic by using it for storage or as a collection bag for other soft plastic items. When the container is full, bring it to a soft plastic recycling location. For example, your 8760 shipping bag can be used as a container for soft plastic items. 
  • Use your soft plastic shipping bag to return or exchange items. These do not need to be 8760 products as our shippers contain an extra adhesive strip and can be reused at least once after you initially receive your shipment.
  • Up-cycle your 8760 shipping bag as gift wrap or storage wrap, this saves you a trip to the store and a some money by repurposing the shipper.

 

What NOT to Recycle: While recycling can be a convenient waste management solution, it is essential to know which items should not be placed in your recycling bin. Items such as plastic bags, styrofoam, and electronics should not be placed in residential recycling bins, as they may disrupt the recycling process or potentially harm the environment. For example, plastic bags can become tangled in recycling machinery, which can lead to costly repairs and equipment downtime.


Simple Ways to Recycle More: Incorporating recycling into your daily routine can seem daunting, but it is easier than you think! Here are some simple tips to help you recycle more:

  • Place a small recycling bin in all main areas of your home.
  • Remove all caps and lids from bottles and jars before recycling.
  • Take advantage of recycling programs available locally, such as clothing recycling bins and paper shredding events.
  • Consciously make better decisions when shopping. For example, opt for eco-friendly or sustainable activewear over traditional pieces. Check out our products for some eco-friendly options.
  • Avoid purchasing disposable products such as plastic utensils and paper plates.
  • Repurpose items such as empty glass jars and cardboard boxes.

What You Might Not Know About Recycling:

  • You should be recycling aluminum foil. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy and greenhouse emissions required to produce new aluminum from ore. To recycle aluminum, make sure you wash off all food particles and oil before placing into your recycling bin. Also, residential aluminum recycling is not available everywhere yet, so research if your city allows for this and if they do not, you may have to find a local recycling center. 

Recycling plays a significant role in preserving the environment, and it is an easy and effective way to reduce waste. With the right knowledge and tips, you can become a recycling master and inspire others to join in on the sustainable living movement. Remember to keep your recycling habits simple and informed by knowing what can and cannot be recycled and by taking advantage of local recycling programs. Let's work together to create a greener future for all.

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