You can find recycling symbols (chasing arrows) on everything from soda bottles to detergent containers and the little plastic clamshells of fresh berries at the grocery store, but how much of the plastic we use every day is actually being recycled?
The answer is distressing: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), less than 9% of plastic gets recycled in the U.S.—no matter how much you put into your recycling bin.
Despite increased public awareness, promises by major corporations to “go green,” and even legislation limiting the use of certain kinds of single-use plastics, the world is in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. The concept of “recycled plastic” seems to promise a way out, but plastic recycling is largely a myth.
What’s really happening to all of that so-called recyclable plastic? Keep reading to learn more about the truth of plastic pollution and what Grove Collaborative is doing to fight back.