Two-thirds of plastics recycling in the U.S. comes from common household and commercial items like bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. What accounts for the rest? And what does all that plastic become when it’s recycled? Learn more about the material that accounts for 300 million tons of production a year in this video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI):

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By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.