Reusing and recycling...
Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace said:
"Reduce: Don't buy what we don't need.
Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it.
Reuse: Share. Then, only when you've exhausted those options, recycle”
Full phrase was...
"Recycling is what we do when we're out of options to avoid, repair, or reuse the product first. Firstly: Reduce. Don't buy what we don't need. Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Reuse: Share. Then, only when you've exhausted those options, recycle."
And then... when producing new products, which we need to do from time to time: if we could stop the use of all virgin plastics (simple law would suffice) and make sure that all recycled plastic was sorted (simple grants to recycling ocmpanies would suffice) and sold to central stores in each country it could be sold by the government to factories after being:
- sorted by plastic type (already done)
- sorted by colour (already done)
- natural ish plastics could have their colour removed for folk like me who need transluscent material for lighting (with that crazy technology that probably exists)
Then new products, - sturdy long lasting recycled products - could be produced with this material. No not millions of them, no not with built in obsolescence. But this would make more sense of the half-recycling systems that we have.