Today is US Recycles Day. There has been a trend for several years, as you are probably aware, of including post-consumer products in packaging. If you are not aware of what post-consumer materials are, you can check out this article. Using recycled products, and recycling the ones that we already use can make a big difference.
The amount of recycling being done in the US has gone up in the last decade. From 1985 until 2010, it has gone from about 10% to almost 35%! (Source) It is important that we do what we can to help steward our environment.
Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper can save the energy of 185 gallons of gasoline? What about this one: recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 30 minutes. Recycling a plastic bottle could save enough energy to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours! (Source) That is a lot of potential carbon emissions savings.
In fact, according to an article by Packaging Digest, recycling of plastic bottles in the US is up to about 30%. “We are very encouraged by the steady growth in plastic bottle recycling,” says Steve Alexander, executive director of the Association of Post-consumer Plastic Recyclers told Packaging Digest. “Used plastics are valuable materials, and recyclers rely on all of us to make sure these resources make it into a recycling bin.”
There are a ton of little things that we can do to help clean up our act as consumers. We encourage everyone to take their part in helping be a good steward of the resources you have, that includes the environment we all share. If you use plastic bottles for your products, why not use ones that are at least partially post-consumer materials?
We have a long way to go in our own business. We have taken steps, such as having a recycled paper option for printing. This is a white, high opacity paper with a matte finish. It features 100% recycled and 50% post consumer content. It is used in all dry indoor applications. It is considered permanent when applied to most flat, hard, clean, dry non-coated surfaces.
We also have an in-house recycling program. We have a collection point in our break room where everyone is encouraged to put plastic, aluminum and paper waste. We make regular trips to the local recycling drop-off (which just happens to be in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, and who doesn’t have one of those nearby?).
Join us in our efforts to take steps to steward the environment well. You can build a quote for recycled paper labels with the link below. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments at 877-277-4682 or by clicking the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.