We usually talk about the benefits for the environment brought about by us recycling waste, but how much are we talking about? Is recycling really good for the environment? Sometimes it’s important to know how much we mean exactly, to put it in “black on white,” with concrete cases and data. Continue reading “Why recycling is important?”
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We have seen how plastic production has increased to 300 million tons in 2013, of which 78 million is destined for the production of plastic packaging. The extraordinary growth of this type of garbage has resulted in many plastics escaping collection and treatment systems and ending up in other places, like the seas or oceans and becoming a big landfill.
Packaging is usually used to contain, protect, handle or deliver goods like food or products in general. Besides the content, packaging also includes auxiliary or ancillary elements (such as labels, lids (on yogurt pots, for example), fillings, among others).
Packaging can be made from different types of material, such as glass, cardboard, plastic or metal, among others.
“Recycle” comes, etymologically speaking, from the Greek word kýklos, which means “orbit or circle,” and by extension, “ordered repetition or recurrence of phenomena.” In Latin, the term becomes cyclus-cycli, adding the prefix: “Re.” (which means repetition). Therefore, the original meaning of the verb “recycle” is “to circulate something or put it back into orbit” (waste becomes resource).