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Recycling plastic helps reduce the need to extract more raw materials from our earth. Extracting raw materials straight from the earth creates more greenhouse emissions compared to the process of recycling.
“Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.”
– Veolia, Resourcing the world
Although recycling plastic reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being produced — the process still creates carbon dioxide which contributes to the climate change crisis. Furthermore, many plastics do not make it to recycling units, and even if they do, some do not meet the requirements to be recycled.
Specifically, researchers from the University of California at Science Daily expect the demand for plastic to grow by 22% in the next 5 years. And, despite the fact that countries across the world have recycling programs in place, about 90.5% of the world's plastics goes unrecycled.
A visionary solution is practicing zero-waste methods from our homes.
“If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.”
– David Suzuki
What does zero-waste mean?
Zero-waste is a set of lifestyle principles that focus on waste prevention and conserving resources. This is done by practicing responsible consumer techniques.
It turns out, plastic floss is just as detrimental as the plastic straw. An alarming amount of plastic floss ends up floating around in our oceans which pollutes and kills marine life by wrapping around their bodies.
At Durapik, we have innovated the way we floss our teeth. Instead of using single-use plastic floss and picks, we have created a zero-waste flossing solution.
The Eco-Floss... is created from biodegradable algae which can be composted and broken down into healthy dirt over time.
The Eco-Flossing Pick... is created from a durable eco-metal, Steel. In the future, the steel can be smelted down and repurposed into something new instead of ending up in landfills filled with plastic.