National Crush Day is celebrated annually on September 27 and is dedicated to recycling. This day is the perfect time to remind the whole world how important it is to conserve natural resources and reduce waste. Only by joining forces can we save the world.
The first tin can appeared at the end of the 18th century, when Napoleon announced a reward of 12 francs for someone who would offer the best way to store products with a short shelf life. It was important for the army as well as the navy. Previously, food was preserved by salting and drying, but at the beginning of the 19th century, Nicolas Appert, a confectioner and brewer from France, proposed containers that were hermetically sealed for storage. But a year later, Peter Durand, a merchant from Britain, received a patent for special tin-plated iron cans. This container has been in use with the Royal Navy since 1813.
- In America in 1825, Thomas Kensett and Ezra Daggett received a patent for the production and use of tin cans; they were used to prepare canned meat, vegetables, and fruits.
- In the middle of the 19th century, the production of these containers became automated.
- The first canned soft drink, ginger ale, did not go on sale until 1938.
- In the second half of the 20th century, two of the largest soft drink manufacturers, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, began offering their products in lightweight, aluminum cans.
How to take part
During National Crush Day, organize an aluminum can collection and recycling campaign with your friends. Clean up around the house, on your street, in the park, on the banks of the river – take the harvested ‘crop’ to the recycling center. Be careful when squeezing the can, the sharp edges can hurt you. Talk about your initiative on social networks, and urge people to keep their areas clean.
When is National Crush Day in 2023?
National Crush Day is observed on September 27 each year.