Thursday, September 27, 2007

Plastic Container Recycle Codes

Polyethylene Terephthalate ( PET or PETE ) Common uses: Plastic bottles for soda, water, food, liquid soap, and lotion. PET is Semi-rigid to rigid depending on container wall thickness. Good to fair chemical barrier; not good for strong acids or bases. Good alcohol and solvent barrier; good gas and fair moisture barrier. Good moldability. Sterilizable through EtO and gamma radiation. PET bottles and jars have good stress crack and impact at room temperature and above.

High Density Polyethylene ( HDPE )Common uses: Plastic bottles and jars for cosmetic, food, milk, and detergent. HDPE is flexible but more rigid than LDPE. Natural color is milky white, semi-translucent depending on density. Good impact strength and stress crack resistance. Good chemical resistance. HDPE plastic containers have a good vapor barrier but make for a poor gas barrier. Sterilizable via EtO or gamma radiation

Polyvinyl Chloride ( PVC ) Common uses: Clear food and non food packaging, medical tubing, and wire insulation. PVC is Flexible to rigid. Transparent to yellowish color in natural state. Good for coatings; fair water and good oxygen barrier. Good chemical resistance. Sterilizable by EtO. PVC bottles and jars have good impact and some stress crack resistance. Poor recycling due to chloride residues.

Low Density Polyethylene ( LDPE ) Common uses: Plastic bottles for honey, mustard, and bread or food bags. LDPE is very flexible, natural milky color, translucent with high impact strength. Excellent for mild and strong buffers, good chemical resistance. LDPE plastic bottles have a good water vapor and alcohol barrier properties. Poor gas barrier, Sterilizable with EtO or gamma radiation. LDPE containers have good stress crack and impact resistance

Polypropylene ( PP ) Common uses: Plastic containers for ketchup, yogurt, margarine,and medicine. PP is a rigid, solid, durable in container or cap forms. Opaque, natural grayish yellow in natural form. Excellent stress crack and impact resistance. PP Bottles and jars have excellent moisture barrier, good oil and alcohol barrier, poor gas barrier properties. Good chemical resistance. Sterilizable with EtO or autoclaving.

Polystyrene ( PS ) Common uses: Packaging for CDs, aspirin bottles, cups, plates and cutlery. PS is a transparent, rigid and glasslike polymer. Light and heat stable, biologically inert and non-toxic. Good resistance to inorganic chemicals. PS containers have good impact and stress crack resistance, poor barrier properties. EtO or Gamma sterilizable.

Other PlasticsCommon uses : Plastic Bottles for squeezable Ketchup and syrup. The miscellaneous classification includes plastic that may contain multiple layers of different types of materials, like the above plastics. Plastic bottles and containers form this group are not easily recyclable. Some plastic that fall under this code are poly carbonate, Polytetraflouroethylene and Teflon

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Washington D.C is Hosting a Green Festival on Oct 6 and 7 @ Washington D.C Convention Center

Recycling Pamplet Information

Please Recycle It Saves Our World ! ! !

(Don’t Forget Upcycling)
Let’s help the world ! ! !

Do you love yourself, your friends, your family, the earth? Then do something
about it ! ! !

Did you know that every year American people throw
away 208 million tons of municipal solid waste? That
means that every day each person throws away an
average of 4.3 pounds of garbage or trash! Where on
earth does all of this garbage go? The answer is

Recycling makes a difference not only for us today,
but also for future generations. The fact about
natural resources is that not all natural resources are
renewable, meaning that when they are gone, they
are gone for good. Through recycling, we can make
the most of the natural resources we do have,
without depleting reserves. As people worldwide are
turning more and more to disposable packaging for
their products, there is more and more waste being
created. Some items, such as plastic, take many years
to biodegrade, if they do at all. Without recycling,
these products fill up our landfills, taking much
needed space and making it uninhabitable

There are simple things we can do now to help save
our earth:
---Use reusable cups, instead of disposable
paper or plastic cups
--- Buy a filtered water pitcher, don’t buy
bottled water. The cost and amount of
fuel used to ship water to other
countries is massive. Numerous tests
have shown that tap water is the exact
same as bottled water.

--- Upcycle:

The word Upcycling was coined by William
McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on
ecologically intelligent design,
Cradle to Cradle. In the
simplest terms, upcycling is the practice of taking
something that is disposable and transforming it into
something of greater use and value.

Recycling Pamplet

Send me your e-mail address and request a copy of my recycling pamphlet:
Send to: in the Subject line write Request Recycling Pamphlet.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Cradle to Cradle ! ! !


Check-Out: and Click on the Green at the top of the screen.
Listed are show schedules ... including Big Ideas for a Small Planet, clips and downloads. Check it out ! ! !

The Sundance Channel Goes Green

Tuesday @ 9:00 the Green Presented by Robert Redford & Every Tuesday @ 9:00 Big Ideas for a Small Planet

Post Questions ! ! !

We all should recycle but it's hard to know how to start. I will help answer all your recycling / going green questions. No I am not an expert, I am just starting out myself, but we all have to start somewhere. I am a human being that cares for our earth and have realized that if I don't start to do something, this earth will be destroyed. Post me your questions and I will do all the research and post answers on this blogger site. The biggest reason people have told me they don't recycle is, not that they don't care but that they don't have time ... so let me eliminate some of the time issues and find out the answers to all your questions regarding recycling so we can all have a healthier life and planet.