We all want our children to live in a clean and healthy, natural environment. They should be allowed to enjoy the privilege of having butterflies, bees, polar bears and aardvark to observe as much as we have. Well, there is one way in which we all can do something super easy at no cost to you – or our precious planet. So, let’s get that delicious, crispy, cheesy and convenient Ital Pizza Thick’A ready and talk RECYCLING.
Smart people are increasingly telling us that we are destroying the very environment that sustains our children. As far back as 2018, it was estimated that more than 3000 million kg’s of plastic bottles were collected in the US alone. Considering the feather-light weight of a water bottle, this a veritable Mount Rushmere of bottles.
The bottle manufacturing process creates greenhouse gasses, and plastic in landfills take between 100 and 400 years to biodegrade. Eek! By recycling, we use fewer fossil fuels which reduces carbon emissions and, in turn, slows down global warming.
All plastics are made by extracting limited, valuable resources from our planet. This while we should be protecting as much of it as is humanly possible. Think of recycling as a way to extract less water, oil, metals and oxygen-generating trees and preserving these materials for our children’s children.
In the US recyclers save as much energy as it would take to provide power to 15 million homes for a full year. Imagine living without your TV, mobile phone, computer, lights, security system, garage, stove and hair drier, not to mention the straightener – for a whole year. Starting to sound like the end of the world, right? And plastics that end up in landfills also produce methane gas which is 30 x more damaging than carbon dioxide.
Much of what we have said so far holds true for glass too. But not all glass should go into the recycling bin. Windowpanes, light bulbs, drinking glasses, windscreens, Pyrex dishes and glass used in laboratories are excluded as they have different molecular structures. Solely glass used for foods, drinks and other packaging purposes should contribute to the effort. Remember to remove screw tops, other caps and lids first.
It is also important to recycle correctly. Kids need to understand what goes where. When stuff gets mixed up, the recycling is ‘contaminated’. This means it becomes less valuable and could make other people’s best efforts worthless. (In South Africa the coloured glass is not separated at the point of collection, but at the of recycling centre).
The TastyMoments team thinks that the time has come for every one of us to become a Recycler and live by the mantra reduce, reuse and recycle.
P.S. Did you know that South Africa has one of the most advanced return systems in the world? Hats off to these forward-thinking planet saviours.
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