"3in1 stickpacks are not recyclable as we are using laminate
which is lightweight (reduction of waste) and they cannot be recycled
commercially due to unavailability
of commercially viable technology. "
So this means that not everything are recyclable and this 'laminate' kind of packaging will not go to the recycle mill. Therefore, they will end up straight to the landfill and the will deteriorate, like never!!! Wow! What a illuminating fact or should I say, 'a punch in the nose'! I feel so terrible that I am one of the millions who consume these beverages that are packed with the nonrecyclable material! And another thing, the company consumer service said the material is lightweight, so will it reduce waste? I don't think so!
However, company N assured that they practice the 3R rule ( Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Here are the list that might be of help.
- display boxes, cartons and cases used to pack coffee are using recycle material
and are recyclable.
- glass bottle for coffee, cap for coffee, tin can,
aluminium can for drinks are recyclable.
- To reduce waste, company N promote refillable coffee bag and reuse container .
After discovering this new and very helpful information, I think that we consumers should be more aware of what we buy. The Malaysian recycle slogan "Think before you throw!" should be replaced with"Think before you buy!"
*Think! Consider the material used for packaging. Question yourself: "Can the packaging be recycled?"
*Think! Consider the sustainability of the packaging. "Can I reuse the packaging for some other sustainable purpose?"
*Think! Consider the carrying medium for your shopping.
"Should I reuse plastic bags from previous shopping?"
" Should I carry along my own shopping basket? "
"Should I use reusable shopping bag?"
Back to my stickpack dillemma. Think! Should I consume my 3in1 premix coffee that is oh-so-convenient but yet non-recyclable OR should I just go back to traditional making of coffee-that is to open the lid of the 7 years old glass jar coffee bottle, and to smell the fresh aroma of the beans before making it. That's my pick-me-up already....I'll chose the latter.
All we need is a change of lifestyle. Take a step back and take a look on how you could change yours.