Innovations in technology mean that today’s recycling processes are highly sophisticated.
An everyday item that you use and recycle – like a glass jar – can be back on the shelf in a matter of weeks.
Closed loop recycling, where an item is recycled into the same thing again and again – a bottle into a bottle and so on – is the most efficient means of recycling.
It’s also possible to recycle items into something completely different. For example, recycling plastic bottles could result in a cosy fleece jacket or even home insulation, as you can see in the video below.
Recycling can also turn:
- Aerosol cans into watches
- Steel food tins into cars and bridges
- Old trainers into running tracks
- Cardboard boxes into stationery
- Your Yellow Pages into loft insulation
- Carpet into washing up bowls
- Juice cartons into plasterboard