When you’re putting out your recycling like the conscientious consumer you are, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all recycling was made equally. But when we follow the lifecycle of those discarded pizza boxes, shampoo bottles and cans the stats tell a very different story.
Only 9% of plastic is actually recycled. That right, 9%. Let that sink in for a minute. That means over 9 out of 10 plastic bottles created end up either incinerated or discarded, leaching toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, soil, waterways, and ocean.
In contrast, a whopping 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today. That means less production. Less omissions. Less waste. More pats on the back.
Aluminium can be recycled over and over again. Unlike plastic, it doesn’t lose any volume or quality during the recycling process, so after recycling you’re left with 100% of what you started with.
That means your aluminium shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled and back on the shelves without needing any new material.
Recycling aluminium uses less energy than making it from scratch. 95% less energy, in fact. One recycled can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
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Natural rubber is made from the sap of the hevea brasiliensis or ‘rubber tree’ which produces a natural latex. It’s been harvested for over 3500 years.
Natural rubber is super resilient and has a higher tensile strength than synthetic rubber, meaning it takes more force to tear it apart and break it. Great for when you need just one more twist of the hair tie!