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Introducing Earth-Friendly Containers

Rivergate Pharmacy is proud to announce that we are now dispensing prescriptions in earth-friendly containers. These new BPA-free vials are made of non-toxic plastic, contain no Bisphenol A or Phthalates, and are biodegradable. So when you dispose of these empty containers, you allow them to naturally return to the earth. Stop by the pharmacy and take a look. We’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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The Recycling Myth:

According to EPA data: “Collecting plastics at curbside fosters the belief that, like aluminum and glass, these will be converted into new similar objects. This is not the case with plastic. The best we can hope for plastics is that these will be turned into other products such as doormats, textiles, plastic lumber, etc. At some point, these products will still end up in the landfill and do not stem the need for more virgin petroleum product. This is not recycling, but down-cycling. But not even down-cycling is happening. In the US, 93% of plastics are NOT recovered (put in plastic ‘recycling’ bins). These go straight to landfills. PET bottles that have a redemption value (cash value) fare a bit better: 62% are NOT recovered.”

3 Reasons Even Fewer Prescriptions Containers are Recycled:

  • Containers are colored to prevent U.V. degradation to medicine. Once pigment is added for color, it cannot be removed. Recycled plastic will be the same color as the container was originally.
  • The prescription label cannot be removed easily, like a water bottle, causing contamination.

  • Residue from prescription medication is problematic in the recycling process.

“By most estimates, hundreds of millions of metric tons of plastic debris currently floats in the oceans. The plastic is fragmented into small pieces, scattered throughout the water column. There are no visible islands of trash anywhere, but rather an ocean soup laced with plastic. This makes cleaning the oceans a very difficult proposition, technically or economically. Any cleanup has the potential to not only remove the plastics but also the plankton, which is the base of the food chain, and is responsible for capturing half of the CO2 in our atmosphere and generating half of the oxygen we need to breathe.” Source: Plastic Pollution Coalition.

At Rivergate Pharmacy, we agree with the Plastic Pollution Coalition and believe in stopping plastic pollution at the source. This is a positive action we can take now.

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