So I started to write an educational resources for Girlguiding about plastic. It was at this point I realised I knew pretty well nothing – How could I teach and preach about using less plastic if I wasn’t doing it myself? Thus begins the steepest learning curve of my life (bar becoming a mother – that is not a curve, it is just a vertical line)
What did I need to know? I had a lot of questions floating around my head about plastic and recycling it – what can be recycled, why can some things not be recycled, where does our recycling go.
So I started to learn about plastic itself – the kinds of plastic, their properties, uses, recyclability and life span – here are a few things I found out.
There are 7 main types of plastic which are handily given numbers 1 – 7. Looking closely at most plastic products you should be able to find the number housed in a little triangle of arrows. So let us take a look as the lucky seven: