Interview with a drink can
I am a daughter of the earth.
Very hard and resistant, but light and malleable.
If you abandon me in any way, I will remain 500 years polluting the seas or the land.
But if you leave me in the right container, my useful life will be infinite.
You, always so young, so modern, so fashionable.
Modern and fashionable, yes, always, because dressing is easy and comfortable, but…
I am not young at all.
Wow, who would say, tell me about it…
I am recycled, highly recycled. The aluminum that I am made of (or at least part of it) was mined from the ground many years ago … and I will last.
Yes, don’t you know? I am infinite, I can be useful and I can be recycled many times, and reincarnate again and again. The aluminum in a beverage can is made to be used and reused in an unlimited way, without losing quality or quantity.
But that will cost a fortune
You are wrong, on the contrary, by comparison, recycling can be done with little energy cost, less than 5% of what it would cost to extract the bauxite from the earth and process it into aluminum.
So, of every 1000 kg of aluminum that has been manufactured in the last hundred years, 700 kg is still in use.
The energy saved with each can that is recycled is equivalent to the electricity consumption of a 200-watt light bulb or the consumption of a television running for 1 hour
That is a lot.
Well, there is still more. According to experts, the energy saved with each can that is recycled is equivalent to the electricity consumption of a 200-watt light bulb or the consumption of a television running for 1 hour.
So when I put my drink can in a compactor …
… You are helping the environment.
But as a “drink can”, its life is short.
Or long if you abandon me in any way.
Is that right?
At least I will be 500 years fouling the seas or the land.
What if I leave you in the right place?
Short, my life will be short, almost like that of a butterfly, but only if you leave me in the right place and I am recycled.
And your next life?
My next life begins the moment I am deposited in the appropriate container or in the compactor, I am transferred to the recycling plant, where I am separated, cleaned, melted and created with me new aluminum sheets, which will soon be used to create new beverage cans.
You are the queen of recycling.
I am part of a perfect circle.
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