Imagine an infinitely recyclable product that performs as well as the alternative, costs less to make, and is unquestionably better for the environment. You would bet on its success, wouldn’t you? – Guardian Sustainable Business writer Marc Gunther, The Guardian, Why Are Major Beverage Companies Refusing to Use a 90% Recycled Can?
There’s one other thing: While prices for many recyclable commodities have fallen, aluminum remains strong. ‘When you buy beer or wine, buy it in a can. -Adam Ortiz, Director of Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection, The Washington Post, Recycling is Good For the Planet. We Need to Get Better At It.
“Every year we make 6x more plastic than aluminum…even metals corrode and erode so they would eventually go back to the natural environment, plastic just stays plastic.” -Roland Geyer, Industrial Ecologist from UC Santa Barbara, PBS News Hour, The Plastic Problem
If people stop buying soda in plastic bottles, and instead only buy it in aluminum cans, companies will realize that plastic is not profitable and stop making it. So, a small choice as a consumer can have a large impact over time. – Madhavi Venkatesan, Economist, Northeastern University, What’s the real cost of a bottle of soda (and everything else)?