There is strength in numbers, which is why two is better than one, three is better than two and so on. Consider the strength of hundreds and even thousands. Because that’s the number of stakeholders in the plastics packaging market from polymer producers to packaging converters to brands and retailers and more that are working to improve the sustainability of their plastics and packaging. Collectively, they — and we as responsible consumers – have a real impact on the environment. And that’s why in recognition of this landmark 50th year anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 we’re getting “social” in this report by relaying examples from Twitter that paint an encouraging picture not only of what’s happening, but what’s possible from large multinational brands to eco-minded individuals. It’s good news we can all use these days and especially this week knowing that Earth Day should be an everyday state of mind. Foodservice containers made recyclable thanks to #chemicalrecycling.
Bacterial, plastic-eating bugs.
With more restaurants providing only dine-out options in response to #covid_19, we want to remind residents that we are able to #recycle #polystyrene foodservice items. Foam & rigid #plastics are able to go back into the #circulareconomy for #plastic by #chemicalrecycling. pic.twitter.com/C3UPTSmtsO
— Agilyx Corporation (@agilyx) March 18, 2020
The ongoing diversion of #plastic bottles remade into durable clothing and accessories.
A fantastic scientific breakthrough that could help accelerate our transition to a #circulareconomyhttps://t.co/LpGCidWiqb
— Paul Polman (@PaulPolman) April 9, 2020
New #recycling sorting technology.
We still innovating in eco-friendly products. Today we show you an example of our variety of products made with recycle materials collected through our RVM machines. 8 bottles can be converted in a t-shirt and 14 bottles in a beautiful bag. isn´t it great? #Recycling #RVMmachines pic.twitter.com/hOsxsFQS7X
— INCOM TOMRA (@INCOM_TOMRA) April 17, 2020
Plastic crates turned into a mosque #reuse.
New sorting technology can help overcome #recycling disruptions https://t.co/nm9uTo6thu pic.twitter.com/Tn0lg9bP0n
— zeLoop (@zeloop_) April 19, 2020
Edible packaging can source-reduce the amount of packaging needed.
This mosque in Indonesia was built almost entirely from plastic crates. #Recycle #ReUse #PlasticPollution #WasteManagement pic.twitter.com/U48wrZfunb
— Shah A Farhad (@BeingFarhad) April 18, 2020
Another company pushing on the benefits of chemical recycling, a comprehensive technology that appears to be gaining traction.
Obtained from seaweed, which is one of the fastest growing organisms on Earth, @notpla's edible membranes (also called Oohos) provide an alternative to plastic packaging, perfect for instant consumption #circulareconomy pic.twitter.com/qu9HEvsQuN
— Ellen MacArthur Fdn. (@circulareconomy) April 1, 2020
And then there’s all the local grassroots DIY methods for difficult-to-recycle items such as plastic-coated beverage cartons…
How can we turn the plastics problem into a solution? Find out now: https://t.co/w8DRaArQ64#plastics #chemicalrecycling #circulareconomy pic.twitter.com/RH4klmh2dR
— Neste (@NesteGlobal) November 7, 2019
...one person made a difference for a village…
Struggling to #recycle cartons?
They can't be #recycled in your household collections, but there are a number of mini #recycling sites you can take them to:
Morrisons in Coalville
Tesco in Ashby
Co-op in Ibstock
Co-op on Station Road, Castle Donington#recyclemore pic.twitter.com/NYNvj9x7Fj
— NWL Environment (@NWLEnviro) February 26, 2020
…to a DIY reuse project example demonstrating the clever resourcefulness of consumers.
Sayan Rungreaung lives in a Thailand village where #waste seemed insurmountable. The actions he took changed everything. https://t.co/zKyMOlF8D2
— Dow Packaging (@DowPackaging) March 24, 2020
Before we close our exemplary examples listing, let’s not overlook PlasticsToday’s recent tweets… …for Gerber’s recyclable pouch
This is the inside of a Lego Star Wars advent calendar that I was about to throw away. Now being used for planting Seeds of Joy. (Chives and basil, to be exact). #recycle #reuse pic.twitter.com/9Fuw8HdNU5
— Kelly Rose (@kellyrose) April 20, 2020
…and the tried-and-true use of pyrolysis for hard-to-recycle plastics
Iconic baby food company @gerber got with us to create a recycling program for all types of baby food packaging that's free to use and lets you donate money to charity the more you collect! @PackmanRick for @plasticstoday: https://t.co/Hfj8C4ISHr
— TerraCycle (@TerraCycle) April 16, 2020
#EarthDay2020: Pyrolysis Player Cracks Case of Hard-to-Recycle Waste Plastics. Second in a series of articles showcasing how the plastics industry is leveraging innovation to promote #sustainability https://t.co/dUow478P1e #Encina pic.twitter.com/xVqJEi2eQI
— PlasticsToday (@plasticstoday) April 16, 2020