Recycled versus Recyclable

Plastics are used in every conceivable industry from drinking water to carcinogenic chemicals to flower pots that have been subjected to chemical fertilizers and insect poisons. Recycled (regrind) plastic may be acceptable for items such as mailboxes or septic tanks and yet terrible for items from which humans might possibly drink.

Notice if the manufacturer says "not for potable water", "not for human consumption", "XX% of recycled plastic", or some such warning. No matter whose barrel you buy, it is important to know that anyone who advertises the use of recycled resin in a product as environmentally sensitive as a rain barrel is using a contradictory marketing ploy. On one hand, a company asks you to buy their product because it is the environmentally responsible thing to do; but on the other, they have to delicately sidestep the issue that the "used" plastics in their barrel could possibly contaminate the valuable rainwater, thus creating yet another environmental issue. Those companies are preying on the well-intentioned individuals who only superficially investigate the details or blindly demand recycled products no matter the issues.

Tijeras Rain Barrels does not have that luxury. We demand that our products make sense and be well thought out. This includes the raw materials we use. We will use only virgin food-grade resin that is completely recyclable until we can find an acceptable recycled substitute.


"Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water. Swedish Proverb