An item I posted in May 2020 and we’re still smashing glass for recycling rather than reversing the process of delivery from factory to household. How hard can it be?
So here is a container that billions of us have access to. In this case it had palm oil free peanut butter in it. They are very useful containers and good at preserving perishable content but not everyone has access to them. This one was placed in the recycling bag today and collected by the council but what will happen to it?
In all probability it will end up being made into a new glass container of some kind having been taken to a glass recycling centre and broken up and remelted. That however is still not very good for the environment as a lot of energy has been used in the production of the jar. As the lorry that delivered the jar to the supermarket will drive back to a distribution point there is a case for me to return my jar to the supermarket so the lorry can return the empty containers to the distribution point and from there the containers can be sent back to the manufacturer for cleaning and reuse.
This process must be part of any sustainable doughnut economic model. It is also part of a wider discussion on how we grow and package and supply enough peanut butter to all those people who would like to eat peanut butter and not only those that can, but that would have to be a much longer blog.
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