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Recycling By Numbers: Plastic Bottles

Le 8 janvier 2018, 07:50 dans Humeurs 0

"Does it really matter if I throw this kids stainless steel water bottle in the trash or a recycling bin? There's already so much plastic thrown away, so why does it matter where I put a single bottle?"
"What is one bottle going to do?"

These are common responses people have when they're asked about their recycling habits. Some people think that there's no point in recycling, since there is so much pollution and waste they don't think that their actions will make a difference. That kind of thinking isn't just dangerous, it's also inaccurate. In just the United States over 7 billion pounds of PVC are thrown away every year, and only 18 million (less than one percent) pounds of it are recycled. If more people took recycling seriously that measly >1% could be much higher.

Some people are working hard to improve recycling rates. Alexander Bouri, the founder of the international cement trading company Seament, sits on the board of an organization that's trying to encourage corporate recycling through incentives. Other people need to get more involved in environmental causes if we want to see major changes happen. Recycling one plastic bottles won't instantly change the world, but putting that one piece of plastic on a recycling bin can have a profound affect. The next time you talk about the importance of recycling, try to remember these facts.

Consuming Resources

Now it's more important than ever for people to consider the importance of drinking bottled water since the drink is extremely popular. It's estimated that in the 2006 the United States produced 827,000 to 1.3 million tons of traditional plastic PET water bottles. Producing that amount of plastic would require the energy equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil. Out of the million tons of BPA free water bottles that were made, 76.5% ended up in landfills.

The "Cost" of Bottled Water

Alexander Bouri was more concerned about the environmental impacts of bottled water, but almost all of you will be concerned about the price of bottled water after you find out how much it truly costs. What do you think the $1.25 you spend on a bottle of Poland Springs get used on? Maybe your money is spent on the acquisition of new water sources or possibly the water filtration process. All of these answers seem possible, but in reality the majority of that money goes towards the production of more plastic. Around 90% of the money you spend on your bottle of water finances the making of the bottles themselves, including bottling, packaging, marketing, and shipping. Essentially you spend $1.13 on a fancy tritan water bottle, and $0.12 on the actual water. The real kicker to this is that most people probably could have gotten the exact same water from your faucet since 44% of the "purified" water in the US comes from municipal water (aka-tap water).

Tips For Collecting Ornate Glass Bottles And Jars

Le 3 janvier 2018, 05:16 dans Humeurs 0

Glass bottles have long been used as containers for everything from food to medicine to fragrances. They are durable, many appearing in archaeological dig sites that are centuries old. They are valued for the history they reveal as well as for their beauty and utility. They range in design from the very ornate, jeweled designs to more utilitarian clear or colored ones. Even a clear glass container yields a special beauty based on its form and design.

Bottles are collected for their historic connections, for their beauty, for decorations, and as utilitarian containers. Their being made of glass means they offer excellent protection from weather, insects, and other contaminants when used as storage containers. The glass used shows great variety as well. Some are fragile, easily broken. Others are heavier and more durable. The durability desired is one determinant of the type of glass used.

Decorative filter water bottles have become quite collectible. Some sell for thousands of dollars. Others are quite inexpensive, though beautiful, sometimes being even more beautiful than the more expensive ones. They come is all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are adorned with jewels and metal trim. Others are quite plain, but still beautiful with rich colors and unusual shapes.

The bottles are not the only factor in choosing a scent, but are a big one. There are fancy bottles for both males and females. There are depictions of characters, lighthouses, boats, guns, and all sort of heavy, masculine shapes. Others are dainty glass water bottle with silicone sleeve with gems, metal "lace" and depictions of such things as birds, butterflies, fairies, and other such dainty items. Though more fragile, the extra care needed to preserve them is well warranted because of the beauty they add when displayed on a dresser or vanity.

Fragrances are another factor in making a choice. Every effort should be made to match the fragrance and the container. A strong, spicy or woodsy scent would not seem appropriate for a dainty, bejeweled bottle. Also, a soft, flowery scent would be out of place in a heavy, deeply colored glass water bottle with infuser. So, scent and decorative design must complement each other.

Manufacturers are aware of the value of their containers as collectibles just as much as of the special aroma of their product. The bottles are marketed almost as much as the product inside. Also, bottles holding other substances such as perfume are promoted as collectibles. Groupings of fancy bottles and colored ingredients are designed to best showcase their beauty and appeal.