Japan Love

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.

IMG_4713 IMG_4714 IMG_4715 IMG_4716 IMG_4717In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?

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