Regular readers know I spend a lot of time thinking about garbage. As our family’s designated trash sorter, I know what is recyclable, what needs to be cleaned, and what needs to be stripped of labels before being placed into one of four clear bags. Fortunately, we live in a country of innovation. Indeed, Japan is known for its forward-thinking ideas, inventions, and experiments. (This week, Russell’s mobile phone provider, SoftBank, will staff one of its mobile phone stores with Pepper robots. Really.)
Here, when I have to strip a bottle of its plastic labeling, it takes a second or, at the most, two. No, I’m not exaggerating. For those of you who struggle with stripping the plastic coating from laundry detergent bottles, know that there is a better way. Products in Japan are made with thinner plastics, affecting both bottles and labels. But the true time-saver is the perforated strip on nearly all recyclable items. Pull the strip and off comes the label.
Simple. Easy. Ingenious.
In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?