Observations of a mad woman trying to be environmentally responsible:
I’m mad. Crazy mad and mad that simple alternatives are not even on the radar.
Almond milk is good, but I’ll likely go back to my regular skim milk. I will make this on occasion though. Plastic milk containers can be recycled, wax-coated cartons cannot.
It’s not easy to be a container label-reader. Unless you have memorized the cryptic plastic symbols or the company has chosen to be helpful, telling you if the packaging is recyclable, forget it. Most of the time I’m guessing.
Here’s how the system works. If the packaging can be reused or recycled, or is made from recycled products, it will be listed as such. If not, it won’t say anything. Promote the good, ignore the bad. If nothing else comes out of this, I should use my design skills and simplify the recycling types labels and present my simple system to the EPA. Even is I was trying to shop for recyclable containers, many would be difficult to identify. Next time you shop, try reading the labels. What did you find?