Tetra Pak is not good, and neither is the green washing we’re getting about it. Tetra Pak has seven layers of very thin papers, plastics, and foil. It requires special handling to recycle and very few cities in the US can handle Tetra Pak in their recycle streams. People drop it in the recycle bin, and it winds up in the landfill. Reprocessing Tetra Pak uses tremendous energy resources, requiring giant blenders to mush the paper pulp off the plastics and foils. Then it has to be separated out of the mess. What does it then become? Toilet paper. That is not a very efficient form of “re” cycling. In fact, it’s not recycling at all.
Are your bottles really that recyclable? The good news is the HDPE #2 plastic is a valuable recyclable with a strong market. The bad news is that not enough people recycle. Until a better solution to HDPE or glass is found, we’d rather support good recycling bills and state legislation to get more people on the recycling bandwagon.