We don’t usually talk ethics over at Can I Take A Nap?, but I’m curious what other Nappers would do in this situation.
I have a lovely co-worker whose daughter is studying to become a nurse. The daughter has a “friend” undergoing chemotherapy and is recycling all the opaque caps from plastic water bottles as a way to pay for her chemo. Sad tale for sure, but the story of using plastic bottle caps to pay for chemo is a hoax. My co-worker is gamely collecting every cap she can find, and asking us to share any we might have so she can give them to her daughter.
Which brings me to the crux of my problem: do I tell my office pal that this is not really helping anybody? Or do I just keep my trap shut? Eventually she will find out the truth. Her actions are not hurting anybody and we might inadvertently be keeping caps out of landfills. (or not)
The irony in this story is that plastic cap recycling is not addressed in most community recycling programs. Aveda, the hair/cosmetics company has partnered with schools on a cap recycling program, but they appear to have maxed out the number of schools participating. Some freestanding Aveda stores will take your caps, but that also seems to an ad hoc thing. If any of you kind readers know of established programs/outlets feel free to make a PSA here to get the word out.