EarthSavvy blog — downcycling
Collective cries of despair rang out across Aotearoa in December last year as diligent recyclers heard the news that NZ's Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme was being abruptly brought to a halt. The Packaging Forum (who ran the scheme) announced that "changes to global recycling have meant that we're now collecting more than we can currently process in New Zealand".
I was a child of the 80’s…an era when the prevailing environmental message was “recycle! recycle! recycle!”. I have fond memories of going on a school trip to the Coca Cola factory where they taught us about the many interesting ways that one could repurpose a plastic Coke bottle. We even got to take home the (*cough* propaganda) handy reuse booklet. Bird feeder, anyone?