The type of products that you buy can make climate change worse. That’s because some materials can take years to degrade in landfills. When they do degrade, they release harmful toxins into the soil and into the air. The problem with growing landfills is that more space is needed for humans to put their trash. That means more habitat destruction, fewer trees to soak up carbon dioxide, and more threats to local wildlife. Here are a few materials that have the longest biodegradation time.
Many consumers make the mistake of believing that if they see the triangle on a piece of plastic, it can be recycled. This isn't always the case. The number within the triangle is the real indicator as to if the plastic can be recycled or not. Here's a guide on understanding plastics and how you can tell if it can be recycled.