Although in theory many types of plastics are infinitely recyclable, in practice a very large proportion of recyclable plastics end up in landfill sites and our natural environment across the world. This happens because of a lack of recycling facilities, confusing recycling systems, contamination with other non-recyclable waste and several other reasons. Additionally, recycling requires additional energy and resources to break down and reform the plastic, unlike refilling and reusing. This means less plastic produced and less waste overall, vastly improving the carbon footprint of the plastic. Plus, even after your refillable bottle can’t be reused anymore, it can still be recycled.