Tell the FTC: “Recyclable” labels should tell the truth
A functional recycling system is vital. Recycling plastic waste prevents it from being incinerated, which releases toxic pollution that threatens our health and our climate, and using recycled plastic to produce new products is far better than extracting fossil fuels to make brand-new plastic at the cost of our environment. But right now, consumers struggle to recycle many of the products they use — in part because “recyclable” labels don’t always mean a product can actually be recycled.
I strongly urge you to prohibit the use of the word “recyclable,” the chasing arrows recycling symbol, or other statements that imply a product is recyclable unless the item is actually recyclable.