7 Types of Plastics You Should Be Aware Of

Sadly, there are 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our oceans. Knowing the various types of plastic that exist in products can be the first step to avoiding certain products and finding better options.

So here we go. These are the 7 types of plastic, what products you can find them in, and if they are recyclable or not:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET)
  • Found in: Soda bottles, Water bottles, Salad dressing bottles, Medicine jars, Peanut butter jars, Jelly jars, Combs, Bean bags, Rope

    Recyclable? Yes!

  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Found in: Milk jugs, Juice containers, Grocery bags, Trash bags, Motor oil containers, Shampoo and conditioner bottles, Soap bottles

    Recyclable? Yes!

  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Found in: Some tote bags, Plumbing pipes, Grocery bags, Tile, Cling films, Shoes, Gutters

    Recyclable? Yes, but talk to your recycler first.

  • Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Found in:Cling wrap, Sandwich bags, Squeezable bottles for condiments

    Recyclable? Yes, but talk to your recycler first.

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Found in: Plastic diapers, Tupperware, Kitchenware, Margarine tubs, Yogurt containers, Prescription bottles

    Recyclable? No.

  • Polystyrene or Styrofoam (PS)
  • Found in: Disposable coffee cups, Plastic food boxes, Plastic cutlery, Packing foam, Packing peanut

    Recyclable? No.

    1. Miscellaneous plastics (includes: polycarbonate, polylactide, acrylic, acrylonitrile butadiene, styrene, fiberglass, and nylon)

    Found in: Plastic CDs and DVDs, Baby bottles, Large water bottles with multiple-gallon capacity

    Recyclable? No.

    It can feel overwhelming to know that our world still centers everyday products around plastic, but that’s why Well Earth Goods was created. To give you simple, efficient, and accessible options with less plastic in mind. 

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    Margaret Mead

    From Our Family to Yours; Stay well.

    Jocelynn and Lee,

    Well Earth Goods

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