Plastic is in everything. It’s in EVERYTHING. Look around you, just thinking about how much plastic surrounds you, how much you’re literally holding if you’re reading this on a mobile device. We can all agree that it’s not great but it’s all not created equal. Here’s a handy chart of each of the major plastic types.
Some plastics are more common than others. PET is what our bottles and other household products are made out of vs something like PVC which is what credit cards and pipping is made out of. All of these materials have different makes up which determines what can and can’t be recycled.
The answer is to use less plastic, of course, but more knowledge can help you plan what you buy and bring into your home. Some things are unavoidable, like what your steering wheel is made out of, but knowing what you surround yourself with can help you make better buying choices overall.