Most destination vacationers desire a sunny, hot day at a pristine beach. But when was the last time you went to the beach without finding some kind of garbage? The problem is that upwards of 30% of all plastics end up polluting our oceans. Whether junk is seen floating in the water we swim in or washing up on the beaches we want to enjoy, we can agree that the scene is very off-putting. As vacationers, we believe we are doing our part. At home, we try to recycle everything we can, throwing the rest out into our garbage cans, with some of us even composting food items. Yet, when we come out to vacation, there is still plastic surrounding our beach paradise.
Here are some of the challenges. Plastics take 500-1000 years to degrade; currently 79% is sent to landfills or wind up in the ocean, while only 9% is recycled, and 12% gets incinerated. Unfortunately, a lot of plastics aren't properly recycled due to leftover food residue or packaging debris. Every time glue is used to bind paper, cardboard, or even plastic to plastic packaging, it all of a sudden becomes un-recyclable. Most of us don't realize this when we recycle things at home. These contaminated plastics can't be properly recycled at community recycling centers and therefore end up in an incinerator, going to a landfill, or into our precious oceans.
Scraperite is taking on the responsibility of making sure their products aren't part of those statistics. Starting with product packaging, Scraperite has adopted an entirely new design to eliminate the most common recycling problem - contaminated plastic. By sandwiching the plastic blister containing the product between two glued paper cards, plastic and cardboard can come apart easily and cleanly. Now, the possibility of rejection by community recycling centers is eliminated, since there is no risk of contaminating the melted plastic. With this in mind, consumers of the brand have confidence in the fact that the packaging WILL BE recycled, just like newspaper and PET water bottles. Scraperite packaging is born ready to be reprocessed to make new products.
In addition to the package design, Scraperite uses polyethylene thalphate (PET) plastic packaging instead of the cheaper, more accessible polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PET recycling is very common, and is welcomed at every recycling center, whereas PVC isn't. The task to recycle PVC products costs more, and therefore it is less accepted by your local recycling center. Consequently, consumers can use their standard recycling channels to dispose of Scraperite packaging waste, while participating towards a positive outcome for the environment. The conscious effort to avoid contributing to plastic in oceans or landfills by Scraperite is also carried through to product recycling.