It is nothing special for Japanese people who live in Japan, but for me who live in United States more than 20 years and don’t go home as often as I want, this was a nice surprise. So I want to share…
We need to recycle and be sustainable as much as possible. Compare to Japan, US recycling system is very money/political oriented. There is no government regulated standard rules. NYC”s recycling policy changes based on who runs and how much money the government has.
So, when you try to recycle a bottle which has a plastic spout attached to it, you spend quite long time to remove the top. You may need a scissors, knife, or even pliers to take it out. Some of bottles are impossible to remove, so I give up on recycling those.
However, all Japanese bottles are 100% recyclable. Each bottle has a “easy to remove” top, so you just peel off! When my mother told me about this, I was so surprised and happy to find out how smart it is. Soy milk container, orange juice container or any other cardboard containers has a plastic spout. You might need to scissors to take it out or rip it off. When it comes to Japanese cardboard containers, yes it has special “easy-to-remove” top. I don’t why the government and those manufactures don’t think about this simple eco-friendly approach???