It's Recycle Week 18-24 June 2012. To get us all thinking about recycling, here are some interesting facts about plastic:
The first plastic bottle was sold in 1947
Any plastic bottle can be recycled now (though this may depend on the facilities available in your local area!) Just wash & squash them.
The flag planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969 was made of Nylon.
Plastic is the most used material in the world, and has been for 35 years.
Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon emissions.
It only takes 25 two-litre plastic bottles to make an adult-sized fleece.
Recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours
We now recycle 20 times more plastic than we did back in 2000.
Over 90% of our local authorities now offer collection facilities for plastic bottles, either from your kerbside or recycling centres.
If all of us in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle every year, we could power over 71,000 plasma screen TVs indefinitely using the energy saved (though personally I would have thought there were better things to do with that energy!
Thanks to WRAP for the information in this blog post.