In this activity, students learn about common types of household plastic waste and what it could be recycled into.
When we recycle plastic, each type of plastic may be turned into different products. Not all plastics are recyclable in every region. For example, in parts of MetroVancouver, we may not recycle plastic triangle symbols 3, 6, or 7.
The recycling process allows us to turn products at the end of use into a new product. It is amazing to think of what our household recycled products can turn into!
A few examples:
- 10 soft drink bottles are required to make the fibrefill for one ski jacket.
- 40 plastic bottles make one square metre of carpeting.
- 40 soft drink bottles are needed to make the recycled fibrefill of one sleeping bag.
Recycling still comes at a cost. Although recycled products are better for the environment than new products, recycling uses energy and can create toxic by-products. This is why is important to:
- refuse materials that are unnecessary.
- rethink whether all of the recyclable materials we use are needed in the first place.
- reduce the consumption of recyclable products.
- move towards reusable products whenever possible.