As more people realize the impact plastic waste has on the environment, more are jumping on the band wagon to marketing recycled plastic products. It’s really the perfect way of making a living and saving the environment all at once. After learning of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is a large mass of plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean, Phil Tepfer and Charles Bogoian decided to create LiveProud, a company selling eco-friendly sports clothing in Boston, Massachusetts.
Yes, milk bottles can lose weight too! According to Nampak Plastics, a leader in manufacturing of HDPE (high-density polyethylene), their new line of “Infini” milk bottles are 15-21% lighter and as sturdy as ordinary bottles. The percentage reductions are different depending on the type and size of milk bottle.
Making clothes out of recycled material is not a new concept. According the Daai Technology Co, tagging it with a label showing the productâ€™s production process and the amount of carbon emissions saved by wearing the item is completely fresh.
Back in 2009, Coca-Cola began marketing â€œPlantbottleâ€ technology, a method of manufacturing plastic bottles (made from PET) with 30% plant-based materials. According to a Coke spokeswoman, the container has “the same weight, the same feel, the same chemistry, and functions exactly the same way.” The difference being, the Plantbottle can reduce carbon emissions up to 25% less than regular plastic bottles (according to a life-cycle analysis done by Imperial College London).
Heinz announced their partnership with Coca-Cola this week and will adopt the Plantbottle technology in their ketchup bottles. This marks Heinz largest change in their iconic ketchup packaging since 1983. Beginning in June this year, Heinz ketchup bottles will be packaged with Plantbottles made partially from Brazilian sugarcane.
TRTL BOT is a company located in Los Angeles that offer iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4 cases made in the USA from â€œupcycledâ€ PET bottles (that is, coke bottles).
Michael Washburn (pictured above), a former adviser to the USDA Forest Service, is the first â€œDirector of Sustainabilityâ€ at Nestle Waters North America.
According to Michael, who has a Ph.D in forest policy (which, by the way, has nothing to do with plastic recycling), â€œthe biggest part of his job will be finding ways to increase consumer recycling of Nestle Waters’ bottles.â€
Green Toys, a company based California, produces BPA free, PVC free, phthalates free, external coatings free, dishwasher safe toys fun for the whole family. Just when you think a company of this caliber cannot get any better; they are now offering 100% recycled plastic toys made from milk bottles!