Know what you can recycle
More people than ever are recycling and we couldn’t be happier – the glass industry love to use recycled glass when they manufacture new containers but not all types of glass can be used in production.
We were dismayed to read that the beauty of the Maldives is being affected by 400 tonnes of rubbish being dumped on the island every day. Filmmaker Alison Teal has recently collected images and footage to document the waste problem, which is attributed to the 3.5kg of waste each visitor generates per day.
Closer to home, the Scottish Coastline and other marine areas has also been the subject of discussion in the news recently due to the amount of litter that has been blown into the sea, causing risk to wildlife and the environment.
A study reported that the majority of litter found on Scotland’s beaches and seas is made from plastics. The message that we all need to convey is that we should not litter, but also to look to support materials that are gentle on the environment, like our friend, glass.
By choosing to buy our favourite foods and drinks in glass, we can do our bit to ensure more is recycled rather than dumped. Did you know that glass is one of the most sustainable types of packaging? Glass is inert and made from three simple ingredients: sand, limestone and soda ash and can be recycled over and over again without any loss in quality.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Great work is being done by initiatives like Fishing for Litter and beach clean-ups – but we can all do so much more. I hope that everyone sits up and listens to these startling statistics on the marine litter problem and takes responsibility for disposing of litter in the proper way to prevent its negative impact on our seas and coastlines.”
So let’s all do our part to protect the environment, don’t litter and whenever you can, always choose glass.