Do you know how plastic bottles are actually recycled? The amount of energy that goes into it is pretty insane, as you'll see in this video below of the Ecostar recycling facility in Wisconsin. The amount of steps—not to mention electricity, water and manpower—that need to be taken to go from a bale of plastic bottles into safe, useable material is pretty staggering.
What's even more staggering is that as energy-intensive as recycling is, it still gives off only half the carbon that's produced when creating virgin materials. It makes you wonder why we don't spend more time looking at more efficient ways to convey fluids, or if our current system of plastic bottles is really the best thing mankind can come up with.
As a side note, Plastic News, where we picked up this video link, points out that Ecostar's parent company, Placon, mulled over shooting the video tour themselves or hiring a pro video company. They opted for the latter, as you can tell by the video's production quality. For any company trying to make this decision, compare the video above with the one below, which we also found at Plastics News. It's of Marglen Industries' PET recycling plant in Georgia and was shot by the International Bottled Water Association. While we certainly appreciated that the IBWA took the time to produce the video, you can clearly see the difference between hiring a pro vs. DIY when it comes to producing videos. Both convey similar information, but we think you'll find one makes it vastly easier to absorb the data.