Two weeks ago, I flew to the Maritimes to see my niece married on the shores of the Atlantic. It was a beautiful event and the trip logistics were very smooth, in part, because of my cool, new carry-on bag. This isn’t an endorsement, but because it is made from 100% recycled water bottles, it deserves a mention for its social responsibility.
The bag is made by Heys as part of its Ecotex line, introduced in the fall of 2009. This press release includes a video that shows how the water bottles are broken down into new material. Independent lab tests show the recycled material is stronger than polyester and for every kilogram produced, one gallon of gasoline is saved which equals the energy saved by turning off 500, 60 watt light bulbs for one day.
The press release also states, ‘EcoTexÂ® is made entirely without drilling for oil, refining oil, transporting oil, or blending oil with other chemicals.’ It’s a bit disturbing to realize how many everyday objects do contain refined oil.
I visited the website of the Need Project, (National Energy Education Development Project), an American organization whose mission ‘is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.’
Their website contains a report which lists common petroleum products and it was a disappointing education for me to see how many everyday items were included. A few that surprised me the most were crayons, balloons, nail polish, heart valves, guitar strings and toothpaste.
With the recent British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico, finding products made from recycled materials – thereby reducing the need for more drilling – just seems like a really good idea.