Plastic Recycling Guide

“Recycling is not the solution to our waste problem.”

Americans recycle more than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic each year. Yet 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. Which means that dropping plastics in recycling bins isn’t enough to help reduce plastic waste. Once you put something in the recycling bin, it’s out of your control so what happens to it after it leaves your bin isn’t certain.

Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home recently gave a TEDx talk titled “Zero Waste is not Recycling More, But Less.” Johnson explained that “recycling requires energy to process, but also lacks regulations to coordinate the efforts of manufacturers, consumers, municipalities, and recyclers across the globe.”

Thus, because recycling depends on too many variables, it’s not an effective or dependable solution for our worldwide plastic waste problem.

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#PlasticFree2017 – one week without plastic – challenge details

The Details

what: one week without plastics

when: Monday January 23rd — Friday January 27th

where: everywhere! follow along on Instagram @stasherbag and Facebook

why: only 1 to 3% of all plastics used are recycled. all of that plastic waste is wreaking havoc on the environment and our health.

how: take the #plasticfree2017 pledge and share what you’re doing to reduce the amount of plastic in your life by using #plasticfree2017 and tagging @stasherbag on instagram.


  • avoid purchasing any new plastics – includes anything with plastic packaging or pre-packaged foods, canned goods, plastic containers, toys, etc.
  • refuse single-use plastics – when eating out try to avoid things like plastic cutlery, straws and containers.
  • keep any unavoidable single-use plastics you buy or finish using throughout the week (to keep track) and at the end of the week properly dispose of them.