It might not look like much, but this one little piece of litter represents so much.
As a label from a water bottle, it’s a great example of an unnecessary product: simply carrying a reusable bottle and refilling at a local Refill station is a great way to reduce waste and save money.
It also illustrates why I believe water bottles are underrepresented during Community Clean Ups–the actual count could be as high as 15-20% of the recycling found. The vast majority of unknown recyclables we find tend to be plastic bottles because the label has long since come off.
Which brings me to another point: would rethinking packaging help stop this? While I would hate for more companies to go the Lucozade route and create labelling that makes it difficult to recycle the product, surely there has to be a way to design a label that doesn’t involve creating two pieces of litter? Or, at the very least, doesn’t involve another bit of plastic?
And finally, I found this scrap on my own driveway, blown over from Hardenhuish and Sheldon School. I can guarantee that you won’t have to look far to find one piece of litter to collect each day in May, and what better place to start than on your own doorstep?