As the old saying goes: a lie will get half-way around the world before the truth catches up with it. This applies to many things, but it also applies to plastic. Here we debunk the biggest myths associated with plastic so that you can stay well-informed.
MYTH: Any plastic placed in a recycling bin can be recycled
FACT: Different types of plastic must be recycled in different ways. While most everyday plastics can be tossed into a recycling bin, this is not the case with everything. Some recycling centers simply don’t have the capabilities to recycle specific types of plastic. As such, those items need to be sent to the appropriate facilities to be processed.
MYTH: All plastic is made from oil
FACT: Plastic can be made from a wide variety of natural resources. While oil is certainly one of them, plastic is also manufactured from natural gas, coal, starch, vegetable fats, and more.
MYTH: Bioplastics are biodegradable
FACT: The term “bioplastics” can get confusing. Many believe it is synonymous with biodegradable plastics. However, this is not the case. Bioplastics are plastics made from plants or other biological matter. While they can breakdown similar to biodegradable plastics, they must be placed under intense heat to do so.
MYTH: BPA is in your water bottles
FACT: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in many household products. While some experts believe it to be harmful, others disagree. Many believe that plastic water bottles contain BPA, but this is not the case. Instead, they’re made out of PET, a safe and widely used type of plastic.