Plastic Pollution?

Plastic Pollution?

24 September, 2015
rPET Solution
Watsons Water begins using recycled plastic for all bottle water in Hong Kong
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rPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephtalate, and it comes from plastics that have been used in production and packaging and have then been cleaned and recycled into pure, sanitized PET flakes which can be used in food grade packaging. It takes a comprehensive process of selection, crushing, washing and drying – not unlike recycling paper. In short, it’s revolutionary, since until recently, plastics have been seen as hard to recycle, downgrading with each usage into lower-grade plastic, unlike glass and metal that could be made repeatedly into new bottles and cans.
 
As of April 2015, Watsons Water, a Hong Kong based water company, is producing its transparent plastic bottles from 100% rPET material, making them the first bottled-drinks company in Asia to use 100% rPET – a visionary step in a typically profit-driven and environmentally negligent industry.
 
According to Douglas Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, using rPET can have beneficial impact on our communities, tourism, health, job creation in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. By making recycled plastic more usable and attractive to companies like bottle producers, it can hugely help reduce the use and wastage of plastic but also help cut down carbon emissions. This can help cultivate a culture of sustainability in packaging a circular economy concept – where things are recycled back into the system rather than disposed. 
 
In addressing the severe waste problem in Hong Kong, rPET can reduce the need for virgin material, while also considerably minimizing carbon emissions. Watsons Water has simultaneously initiated a "Plastic Bottle 3-Step Recycling Method" to educate the public about the correct recycling procedures.
 
Watsons Water is the largest manufacturer of distilled water in the world, with production plants located in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and their products are consumed across the Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. So, this move could represent the first step in a massive opportunity to create a change in the amount of single-use plastic disposed daily in Asia.
 
Hong Kong has taken a stand to clean up and reduce our city's plastic waste through numerous actions. Check out our September article “Cleanup Challenge- GO! to read about one of the largest such initiatives – the Hong Kong Cleanup (organized by yours truly) – and consider stepping up to make a difference today.
 
For more information about rPET and Watsons Water, please visit Ocean Recovery Alliance’s website:
http://www.oceanrecov.org/

By: Ecozine Staff
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