Is it just me, or do others also find it kind of ironic that one of the largest manufacturers of plastic baggies, Ziploc, has launched a recycling program to cut down on waste?
Parents everywhere are probably familiar with the resealable plastic bags that can be used for sandwiches, freezing meat, or simply storing leftovers in the refrigerator. While Ziploc plastic baggies are certainly convenient, they aren’t the greenest option (especially when there are reusable containers and storage bags on the market). Yet Ziploc intuitively knows that not everyone is willing to give up the ease of using plastic bags in the name of going green.
Because plastics cannot be easily recycled (like cardboard, glass or aluminum), baggies often end up in landfills. So Ziploc is looking to change that by partnering with Recyclebank to increase recycling in order to divert more than 100 million pounds of plastic bag waste from landfills over the next 2 years.
Check the grocery stores and other retail locations in your area to see if in-store recycle bins have been set up. These receptacles will take back clean, dry Ziploc plastic baggies including sandwich, storage and freezer bags. To date, more than 18,000 recycling bins have been set up!
But even if Recyclebank hasn’t reached your region, Ziploc is offering reward points for consumers that pledge to recycle their plastic baggies by entering the code from specially marked packages of sandwich and snack bags. Either way, Ziploc hopes that the new recycling program will keep as much waste out of landfills as it would potentially generate through sale of its products.
What do you think about the new Ziploc/Recyclebank program? Green or greenwashing?