It makes me crazy that everything comes packaged in plastic: detergent, milk, peanut butter, soda bottles, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, water bottles, dish soap, lotion, shampoo, and the list goes on and on. Even juice cartons have plastic caps and pour spouts. And then there is the vexing clear plastic theft-proof packaging that displays action figures, electronic accessories, toys, and even the weather radio that we just purchased.
We are told to be good citizens and recycle this plastic. Except that there is no economic demand for recycled plastics, for it cannot be used by manufacturers as readily as virgin plastic. We recently toured a recycling center and were told that there is no one globally that is accepting plastics for recycling.
This makes me crazy. Plastic is a wonderful thing. I love my plastic dishes, plastic MacBook, plastic radio, plastic school desks, plastic markers, plastic molding in the car, my son's plastic "Coupe car," and other plastic items. I merely resent the plastic packaging that has only a very temporary purpose.
Can't we just go back to using glass or cardboard? I'd haul my empty glass bottles back for a deposit, or drop them in a glass recycling bin. Wouldn't you?
Photo by Amy M. Edwards, taken at a local recycling sorting facility.