Plastic Bottle Recycling Benefits Both Businesses and Consumers


Plastic Bottle Recycling Benefits Both Businesses and Consumers

If you are anything like me when it comes to losing your bottle of tequila it’s absolutely devastating. You have lost so much confidence that it hurts. One day, out of the blue, you are on your way home from work and you stop by your favorite liquor store for a pick-me-up on your way home. You ask the clerk what he thinks you should get and guess what, you get a bottle of Belvedere Vodka. You know what this means, “You’ve just lost your bottle of Belvedere”.

If you have ever lived or worked in a house with an interior designer then you have probably been through the many drafts of the design for the bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc. Of course, I am not talking about just one draft, multiple drafts maybe required. The designer always starts with a clean white bottle body with a clear top. Then as ideas for the design are being developed he will add finishing touches such as a crystal stem or mold accents.

When designing the inside of a bottle there are many choices to be made depending on the material it is crafted from. Many times people will chose plastic because the bottle is cheaper. Plastic bottles can be crafted into beautiful bottles with the right finish. Sometimes bottles are crafted from acrylic, sometimes they are crafted from metal, and sometimes they are simply molded from plastic. The plastic bottles that are crafted from metal are often polished to give a nice mirror effect. Many times the handles are made from wood and/or leather to match the bottle itself.

Out of all of the bottles that go into our landfills each year (I think we have a pretty good figure), at least half of them are plastic bottles. I think about all of the little plastic water bottles that go into the trash every day and realize how important it is for everyone to make a change and go green. There is a way that you can take one of these empty, used, broken, or empty bottles and turn it into a beautiful collectible bottle that you can use yourself or gift to someone else who is green-minded. That’s right, I said recycled!

Bottle Recycling is a large industry in the United States that recycles millions of pounds of plastic every year. As an economic development and social responsibility initiative, many beverage companies have joined together to recycle, reuse, and sell the empty or used plastic bottles that they receive. In many cases these beverage companies will give you a credit for having such a bottle. This way they are not only making money off of you by selling you their product, but they are also helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our landfills each year.

Some beverage companies have gone so far as to develop programs in areas where they do their harvesting, so they can increase recycled content. Some companies donate these empty bottles to schools, nonprofit organizations, and community gardens so that they can be utilized by students in need. In many cases these products are resold by the companies to help increase profits. In this sense, the recycling of your empty plastic bottle is a form of business for them, because you will be provided with a product that they can use and re-sell.