If you go to a lake, river, or ocean, you’ve seen it — trash along the shores and floating in the currents. You’ve most likely heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. You’ve probably even seen statistics of how long things take to break down in landfills. You’ve probably also seen images of animals swimming in trash, or distressed because they ate microplastics or became tangled in trash. All of that is why Ecotech™ exists. We want to be a solution to the problem, not a contributor.
Most recyclers focus on easy-to-recycle items like water bottles, glass jars, paper, and cans. While those efforts are necessary, many organizations and companies are already tackling that work. Few companies are taking our position, and even fewer vertically recycle to make new, fully recyclable products.
When an item is recyclable, it is assigned a code. Ecotech™ only recycles items with a 2, 5, and 7, the items most likely to end up in landfills or waterways. You may think, “But who is going to toss a car seat into the ocean?!” The trash that ends up in the waterways doesn’t start there. Estimates show that the land is the source of 80 percent of the plastic in the ocean.
What we recycle with the codes 2, 5, and 7: