Back in October, I argued that governments should Ban New Plastic because we can’t just keep bringing new plastic into the world until it suffocates. We’ve already made so much plastic that we shouldn’t need any more as we should be able to just recycle what we have. Well, one example of what can be done presented itself to me recently when I bought a recycled bucket made from old car tyres.
This bucket was made by Faulks & Cox Ltd under their brand Tyre Rubber and is made from recycled tyre offcuts. Not only has this bucket avoided the need for making new plastic, it really is a very good bucket. It’s the strongest bucket I’ve used (apart from galvanised steel buckets, but this tyre rubber bucket feels just as strong) and I feel very confident using it no matter what load is in it. That’s very different to some of those cheap plastic buckets that break from time to time (and just have to be thrown in the trash) when they’re loaded up.
On their website, Faulks & Cox Ltd describe the following advantages of their Tyre Rubber range;
The Tyre Rubber™ brand has a range of 35 rubber buckets, baskets, mangers and bins that feature:
– Made from recycled tyre off-cuts
– Strong beyond words
– UV & Frost Proof
– Safe for growing food
– Safe for animal water / feed
About the only negative I can find with this bucket is that it’s relatively heavy, but that’s not really a big problem.
This bucket is just one example of how we can recycle what we already have and be quite happy, it might even be better than the new plastic options that we’re used to. The big problem the world has is that making new plastic is easier and cheaper than recycling in general. But we can live by recycling what we already have and, to make that happen, governments might need to ban new plastic. Car manufacturers have to add expensive components to cars due to legislation to reduce emissions. Obviously they wouldn’t add these components if they didn’t have to. Time to do something similar with plastic.
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