The first thing I learned in pre-school was how to recycle. (The second thing I learned was how not to bite my cubby-mate.) We separated glass bottles from plastic, sorting them into their appropriate containers. Before long, I was reducing, reusing, and recycling like a champ. But what I didn’t know was that each time I tossed a crusty milk carton into those bright blue bins, I was recalling a practice that is over two millennia old.
From reforged iron weapons to AA battery, the below infographic celebrates the World’s Firsts in recycling. (I’m not talking about “repurposing” your fire escape as an outdoor mini bar.) Here are some of the truly innovative ways we’ve brought recycling into our everyday.
infographic by: studioatgizmodo.kinja.com