We know that recycling is extremely necessary, but there are some common misconceptions about it.

People often wonder if it is worth the time and energy spent on recycling, whether recycled products really work and when waste is actually recycled. Here are 4 myths about recycling that you need to know:

1. You cannot recycle crushed cans and bottles

This finding is false. In any case, these materials will be crushed in the recycling process, so there is no real problem in disposing of the materials already in this state.

2. Materials can only be recycled once

This is another popular misconception that has been around for a long time. Even if this carries a certain truth (as in the case of plastic), other materials such as aluminium and glass can be recycled as many times as necessary, without altering the quality of the product in any way.

Plastic is different because it does not have such a long service life in relation to other materials: water bottles, for example, do not return to being water bottles with recycling. Usually, this material is transformed into raw material to be used in the manufacture of other materials such as clothes, upholstery, carpets and other non-recyclable items.

In the case of paper, whenever it is recycled, it suffers some damage, however, the quality of recycled paper in recent years has evolved a lot. A conventional piece of paper can be recycled 5 to 7 times without losing quality. After that, they can still be used in egg cartons or in some other more rustic packaging.

3. Products made with recycled materials are of inferior quality

A few decades ago, products made from recycled materials were often considered below average in terms of quality. The recycled paper was grey and thick, and the plastic was considered not very resistant. However, manufacturers have made considerable advances in quality as the demand for recycled products has grown significantly over the years. Numerous studies show that paper with recyclable content has high quality performances. Currently, we can use recyclable paper, glass, metal and plastic packaging even for food.

4. Recycling uses more energy than doing something new

According to the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, recycled aluminium cans save 95% of the energy needed for production, compared to when they are made with materials extracted from nature. The recycling of steel and brass saves from 60% to 74%; about 60% paper; plastic and glass save about a third.

These myths about recycling can bring many problems, as they prevent people from adopting sustainable and friendly practices in their daily lives. Creating a simple recycling schedule in our lives is already a good first step to become a planet saviours.

After milk without cows, egg proteins without chickens and collagen without animal raw material, now we will also have honey that does not come from bees.

With the sustainability crisis in cattle breeding for human consumption, many companies have been investing in the creation of plant-based proteins with the promise of meeting the increase in consumption of animal meat, which is expected to grow by 70% by 2050, according to with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

With the advent of these new technologies capable of substituting animal raw materials for more sustainable ones, the Californian company MelBio was able to recreate a honey – without the need for the work of bees. The company wants to arrive at the perfect formula of the product not only to be the pioneer in the market, but also to reduce the pressure on the species already committed to the current demand for honey in the world.

In an interview for the technology portal “Fast Company”, Darko Mandich, CEO of the startup, says that MelBio’s mission is also to solve the problem of the impact that bees have in maintaining biodiversity: “There are 20 thousand species of wild bees and native. And these species are committed to the current production of honey, which depends entirely on commercial beekeeping. We decided to use science to produce honey just like bees do, but removing them from the supply chain so that we can help them thrive.” In this way, the bees that are so important for the general development of the planet Earth, will not be exploited by purely capitalist methods that, many times, end up being destructive.

Honey undergoing testing

The company estimates that honey will be available to consumers by the end of 2021.

The honey production process is similar to the one that produces dairy cells by isolating the DNA from the milk protein, eliminating the need for cows in the process.

The first version of laboratory honey had satisfactory results: according to the CEO of MelBio, the texture, flavour and viscosity resembled the original bee honey. A blind test left the tasters in doubt about which product was made by science and which one came from the bees. According to him, 14 companies have already signed letters of intent to purchase the product to use it when it is finally ready.

Laboratory honey can be used in the food industry, and even for cosmetics – giving aroma or texture to soaps, shampoos and other beauty products. The next step is to achieve a round of investment that guarantees a lower cost for this product than natural bee honey. Thus, the use of the insect is discouraged, which can recover from the commercial demands of food consumption.

In addition to the appeal to be produced in an ecologically correct way and to protect the environment – a point of attraction for GenZ consumers (generation Z), those most concerned with the theme between generations – laboratory honey also has great potential for growth between vegans and vegetarians.

It is worth remembering that the animal protein-free food market is expected to grow by approximately 31 billion dollars by 2026. In other words, honey with a scientific stamp may have a beautiful way to go in a consumption behaviour that is booming.