Have you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's an area of marine debris in the central North Pacific Ocean that is highly concentrated with suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.
It is so disturbing to think that a great swath of ocean is filled with debris that won't decompose for at least 100 years. I recycle all the plastics our recycling program says it will take, which are containers marked with the #1, #2 and #5. I end up throwing plastic caps and lids that aren't marked with those numbers in the garbage, where they could potentially end up in the Great Garbage Patch.
This dilemna is why I'm so excited about the recycling program Aveda, a company that manufactures natural hair and skin care products, has recently launched. Aveda is building a recycling program for plastic bottle caps in which caps are collected at its salons and stores, as well as schools, and then sent by Aveda to its recycler, where the material is recycled into new caps and containers. Aveda says it has worked with its suppliers to develop ways to make new caps and containers from the recycled caps.