How Plastic Saves the World
January 14, 2018 Posted In:
Plastic sucks. We all know that, right? It’s bulky, toxic, and there’s mountains of it in landfills all around the world.
But is this true for all plastics?
If the answer was yes, this would be depressing blog.
HDPE is the type of plastic which we use for all our AspenClean products. This low impact plastic is green, versatile and 100% recyclable. It’s used for almost any environmental or food product, such as milk jugs, water bottles, underground piping, fuel tanks and outdoor furniture. It’s popular and versatile. It’s kind of like the Meryl Streep of plastics.
The acronym stands for High Density Polyethylene. It’s made by stringing together ethylene molecules (thus “poly” “ethylene”), which are derived predominately from natural gas resources. This plastic is changing the way that the world looks at plastic. A 2016 study by the American Chemistry Council found that sustained use of plastics like HDPE in consumer products and packaging saves nearly four times the cost of using any other materials. These types of food safe plastics help us do a lot more with a lot less.
That same study found that plastic packaging delivers more food with significantly less waste, energy use, and global warming potential than alternatives. And by extending the shelf life of healthful, nutritious foods, a little bit of plastic packaging can prevent a whole lot of food waste, a huge environmental problem.
We made the decision to go with HDPE bottles because it’s not enough to do the bare minimum to receive certifications from ECOCERT or EWG. We want to actively create a world that is sustainable, and future which is better for our children than the one which we found.
AspenClean HDPE bottles are 100% recyclable and are able to be reused over and over. We’ve calculated that our use of HDPE bottles in our residential cleaning service has saved over 10,000 bottles in 14 years. Being able to minimize our environmental impact is the first step to helping build and sustain our world.