We realize we may have come down a little hard on recycling in the past.
It is true that recycling makes us feel better about indulging in just one more six-pack of soda, or plastic container of pre-packaged food (that loses more nutritional value each minute sits out in its packaging).
Also, major companies increasingly employ the greenwashing tactic of organizing huge recycling endeavors to promote consumption of their products, which are packaged in single-use plastic.
Whew; had to say it again.
In other news: recycling does make a difference and you should do it!
Joseph Walls of the Vail Daily News lists in a concise and informative fashion the benefits of recycling here. His main points:
- Recycling supports jobs.
- Recycling usually saves energy.
- Recycling saves redemption money which in turn supports recycling programs.
- Recycling extends landfill life expectancy.
- Recycling creates new products.
Example? Read here about eggshell plastic on CNN.com. Personally, we are more excited when crushed eggshells are recycled back to chickens so they can produce more eggshells. Sorry, scientists; nature just does it for us more.
Oh yes, returning from the digression: we want to say, dear Bag It community, please still recycle. It does make a difference! Just also buy less and reuse first…