Wishcycling, aka wishful recycling, is when you toss an item in the recycling bin with the mere hope that it’s recyclable, whether or not the item is actually recyclable. ‘Livin’ on a prayer,’ as Jon Bon Jovi might say. And hey, we’re all guilty of it! Because why shouldn’t that to-go coffee cup be recyclable when other forms of plastic are? But we’ll get to that in a little bit.
If you’re asking yourself how you can stop wishcycling, we hear you — and we have answers. Familiarize yourself with 11 things you think are recyclable, but aren’t. Once you know the common items that get wishcycled, it’ll be easy to avoid tossing them out with your recyclables. Then take it to the next level with these 5 sustainable alternatives to wishcycled products.