Importance of recycling
We all know that it’s good to recycle. It’s a small way that we can all do our part to create a better, more sustainable future for our planet. But, do you know why it’s so important and what sort of impact it has on the earth? Read our article to discover the ins and outs of recycling and why it’s more important than ever to do your bit.
What is recycling?
From food scraps to paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastics, there are so many things that you can recycle to do your bit for the planet. But, what is recycling? Recycling, including plastics recycling, is the process of turning waste materials into new materials or objects so they don’t end up in landfills or in the ocean. A lot of the time, such as with plastics recycling, the aim is to convert the product into the same state again without losing any quality. That’s why you should look out for biodegradable products or even ecological packaging that can be recycled again and again.
Why is recycling important?
Recycling is important for environmental sustainability and also to reduce the amount of waste on the planet. Instead of using new raw materials, recycling, such as plastics recycling, aims to only use what has already been created. By doing this, there’s less waste and plastics that get into the environment. Materials that you can recycle include more ecological packaging, glass, cardboard, paper, metal, plastics, tyres, textiles, batteries, electronics and food waste.
The impact recycling has on the environment
Recycling has a major impact on the environment as a whole. Plastics recycling, for instance, means that less plastic ends up in the oceans and soil, which preserves the natural ecosystem. If too much plastic ends up in the oceans and in the soil, it impacts the survival of wildlife and, in turn, the food chain. If marine animals die off, other animals will be affected because their food source disappears. This also has an impact on humans, too as healthy oceans are vital for all life on the planet. This is why plastics recycling and others are so important.
Reuse, recycle, repair: how to create circularity
There are many different ways that businesses and also individuals can recycle products. We’ve broken down a few of them here.
1. Recyclable packaging: from recyclable plastics to ecological packaging that’s fully compostable, you can make the right decisions when choosing which products to buy.
2. Reusing: a great, and easy form of plastics recycling is to reuse plastic containers for other purposes. You could also buy secondhand clothing or send your unwanted items to a charity shop.
3. Upcycling: a great way to recycle is to upcycle. This means you can find creative ways to transform spare or unwanted products into something new. Besides being a great creative outlet, you’ll also increase the value of the products you use by turning them into something wonderful.
4. Repair instead of replace: it’s easy to just pop out and buy a new product, but it’s more environmentally friendly if you repair the item so you can continue using it. It’s often also a lot cheaper.
5. Store recycling: shops can also try to recycle, from making plastic shopping bags biodegradable to efficiently recycling food waste from products that have reached their sell-by date.
The push for 100% recyclable products and beyond
Many companies take plastics recycling and sustainable packaging very seriously and are working towards creating 100% recyclable products. There’s still a way to go, but many of them are already doing a great job. Many companies are partnering with organisations that strive to reduce waste and make the world a better place.
We work closely with a number of partners who help us on the journey to reach our responsible production goals, like zero waste facilities. We are also working towards a circular economy for plastics, meaning that we eventually won’t create any single-use plastic. Instead, we’ll reuse, recycle and repurpose it for as long as possible. To do this, we use transparent plastic bottles, which can be reused in more ways than coloured bottles.
In addition, we make mostly biodegradable shower gel, many of which come in 100% recycled plastic bottles. We’re also aiming to eventually make all of our shower gel plastic bottles recyclable.
Companies and governments can do a lot to help change perceptions relating to recycling, such as plastics recycling. Through education about the environment and offering more sustainable products and packaging, they can help consumers make good choices when it comes to looking after the earth.
How to identify which products can be recycled.
Products and packaging that can be recycled will always have certain icons on them that you can look out for. You should always check your local plastics recycling rules for the best way to recycle. Here are some of the Palmolive icons that you can keep an eye out for.
1. All the Palmolive Body Washes and Liquid Hand soap plastic bottles can be recycled:
2. Paper wrapper or boxes of Palmolive Bar Soap that can be recycled:
3. Packaging made from recycled content:
Palmolive’s recycled transparent plastic bottles are slightly greyish because of the recycling process, and they don’t use colourants to cover that. If they did, it would compromise the quality of the plastic and it wouldn’t have as many uses once it goes into the recycling system again.
Another way you can take part in plastics recycling is to choose refillable Palmolive products. The refill packs often use a lot less plastic, so you know you’re making a good choice.