Plastics Make it Possible® has teamed up with celebrity chef and television personality Duff Goldman for the Duff's Kitchen video series, in which Duff shows you how plastics make it easy to help the environment by reducing food waste and packaging waste in the kitchen. In the first video, "Plastics Recycling in Duff's Kitchen," Duff demonstrates how to apply fondant icing to a cake while recycling more everyday plastic food packaging. He also showcases some of the durable, stylish cooking tools that can be made with the plastics you recycle.
• Everything we do—even making a cake—has an impact on the environment.
• We can lighten our footprint on the environment by choosing the right packaging, by recycling, and by using recycled products in the kitchen.
• Many of the ingredients you need to make a cake come in lightweight plastics. Studies are finding that the weight of packaging material is a big deal. Lightweight plastic packaging delivers more goods with significantly less waste, energy use, and global warming potential. Without plastics:
o Our energy use would increase by 80 percent, the amount of energy used by 91 oil supertankers.
o Our global warming potential would increase by 130 percent, the equivalent of adding 15.7 million more cars to our roads.
• After use, we can recycle all of these lightweight packages:
o Bottles and caps, containers and lids.
o Make sure you know what’s collected where you live, and recycle everything you can.
• Plastic bags and wraps are recyclable too.
o Zipper bags, wraps around cases of water bottles, bread bags, produce bags, grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, etc. can all go back to large grocery or retail stores that collect them for recycling.
• Once recycled, plastic packaging becomes a resource to make all sorts of new products, from fabrics for clothing to plastic lumber to new packaging—and some of it comes right back into the kitchen as cooking tools.
• And in some parts of the country, the energy from plastics that aren’t recycled is recovered to produce electricity for the community.