We are all being told to sort and re-cycle plastic, because it damages the environment once disposed of. But what does that really mean? In many cases, due to the huge variety of plastics in use, it is almost impossible to recycle many of the plastic items we dispose of, especially black food trays, which are not recognised by scanning equipment.
However, we can re-use or up-cycle many of the plastic items we often throw away. This saves us money and time and helps protect the environment. By re-using them, we are helping to reduce the quantity of plastic in landfill and the sea, where they take many years to degrade and leach poisonous chemicals into the environment. Even if we separate our plastic waste, before putting it in the rubbish, we may well not be guaranteeing that it gets recycled, as much of it still ends up in landfill. So if we can re-use it, that makes more sense. Here are a few examples of how we can up-cycle plastic household items and how they benefit us.