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A World Of Plastic-Type 7

So we come to the end of our plastic triangle journey. It has been quite informative and I feel like I have a better grasp on what to do with the plastics I find in my life. Our last plastic is Type 7 and it really is in it’s own little click. Type 7 plastics are different from all other categories of plastic materials because these plastics are made from a combination of plastics or a plastic material that does not fall under any of the other classifications. It has no name and sometimes no symbol. Let’s just call it ‘other’.

“Other: when plastics are made with a resin other than the six listed before, or is made of more than one resin and used in a multi-layer combination.” I guess we will never know what they really are. We do know some of the stuff they become; three- and five-gallon water bottles, sunglasses, toothbrushes, DVDs and electronic product casings, bullet-proof materials, computer and MP3 player casings and many plastic signs and displays. Most of it tends to be reusable products that stand up to years and years of wear.

Since most of these products are made from a different formula most of the time there is no way to know how to recycle it. Each item could have a different chemical make up so there is no way to know how to break it down. You may have to do some digging to find a commercial recycling program or electronic waste center for these products. And we can always count on the folks at Earth911.com to help us out. “More ambitious consumers can feel free to return such items to the product manufacturers to avoid contributing to the local waste stream, and instead put the burden on the makers to recycle or dispose of the items properly”, say the folks at about.com. Not sure I’m that ambitious but who knows! I really do wish that manufacturers would think about the products they are making and their affects on the environment when they are discarded.

So it’s a wrap! We have gone though 1-7 and now know the good, the bad and the ugly. There are a few more areas to dabble in like BPA and alternatives to plastics so see ya next week. Let’s keep up the great work we all do for our planet, our children and our future.

 

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