BY Zarir De Vitre
Plastic. It exists all around us – in the form of bags, bottles, packets, toys…the list is endless. It chokes our marine life, contaminating our air, soil, and water and taking up ginormous amounts of space in the landfills. And while we tend to club its variations under one big umbrella, it is essential to know that it is unhealthy for the process of segregating, disposing and recycling it. The key to addressing the problem of Plastic is first to identify its different variations and the problems unique to each composition.
Facts: Here are a few facts that put the problem in perspective:
Plastic is broadly categorized into seven different codes based on the polymers used in the manufacturing of plastic products. The codes help to identify plastics that are and aren’t safe to recycle. Since it is difficult to give up all plastic use at once, knowing more about the different types can help you, the consumer, to eliminate the more harmful ones, to begin with.