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  • ^- Well why do they make 'em?

  • ^- Because it says green and it makes us feel better.

  • I know this isn't a sexy topic

  • and it's not about the Kardashians,

  • but please just watch it.

  • You're gonna learn something new.

  • Hi, I'm Ari, and we're here at BuzzFeed

  • where we're very green.

  • We have compostable silverware and compostable cups.

  • But what if I told you these items

  • ^do not belong in a regular compost?

  • ^What do you think when you hear something is compostable?

  • ^- I think it's supposed to break down

  • and like go back to the Earth.

  • - What type of plastic are you holding, do you know?

  • - That's a good question.

  • - Compostable in industrial facilities

  • which may not exist in your area.

  • Not suitable for home composting.

  • ^- Compostable plastic can't be put into regular compost

  • ^because it doesn't get hot enough.

  • Biodegradable plastics need to be heated up

  • ^to over 120 degrees fahrenheit to break down.

  • And you can't recycle it,

  • because it'll harm the quality

  • of the other plastics being recycled.

  • So it goes right in the trash.

  • - Then why are we making 'em?

  • - Well they're not made from oil, so that is good.

  • - Oh, okay, they're made from - They're made from.

  • - Like corn right? - Plant materials.

  • - Plant materials. - Yeah.

  • So, are compostable and biodegradable plastics

  • really better for our environment?

  • And are any of these materials being reused?

  • Let's go to a facility in LA to find out.

  • ^- Okay, so just watch your head.

  • ^You're okay, I'm the one they (mumbles).

  • ^(Ari laughs)

  • (persistent music)

  • ^We recycle as much as we can in that blue bin,

  • ^but because of the way the technology is today,

  • we miss about 10%.

  • So a secondary MRF, which we've just seen here

  • takes the material that's missed,

  • or the material they choose not to sort.

  • ^For example, bioplastics.

  • ^(machine running)

  • - Are you the only MRF on the West Coast

  • that's processing bioplastics?

  • - Yes.

  • - So you're probably only processing

  • a very small percentage of the bioplastics?

  • - Very, very small.

  • - Where do your bioplastics go that you sort?

  • - We send them to a facility in the East Coast

  • and they wash it, grind it

  • and they're trying to figure out what to do with it,

  • because they don't have enough to recycle.

  • - [Ari] Most people aren't recovering bioplastics,

  • so are bioplastics even better?

  • - Well, it depends, it's like the chicken and egg.

  • We don't have enough grade a system to recycle 'em,

  • but if we create the system then we sort it,

  • then we can recycle it.

  • Bioplastics is another way to create the same product

  • using a renewable resource.

  • - So, if you're tired of our disposable culture

  • and green-washing, why not try some reusable options?

  • Like, bring your own thermos for your coffee

  • or your own bag to the grocery store.

  • I know, it's overwhelming, it can be difficult.

  • Just start small, and you can make little changes.

  • I have faith in you.

  • Okay, do you think we got it?

  • - Yeah. - Do I look insane?

  • - No, no. - (laughs) Okay.

  • You did it, good job.

  • Every time you get through a video

  • about the environment a fairy is born.

^- Well why do they make 'em?

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    MomoNi posted on 2018/05/05
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