1. Buying recycled conserves resources
Making the most out of resources allows us to cut down fewer trees, to mine fewer minerals, and to pump less oil out of the ground to make the products we buy every day.
2. Buying recycled reduces waste and pollution
Each step in the manufacturing process of any product creates waste and pollution, reducing the number of steps in the process through recycling efforts therefore reduces waste and pollution.
3. Buying recycled conserves energy
In the same way that recycling reduces waste and pollution, by avoiding the initial extraction of raw materials from the earth energy is conserved.
4. Buying recycled creates jobs
The collection, process and manufacturing of recycled material employs many more individuals than traditional waste disposal practices and adds value to resources once labeled waste.
5. Buying recycled improves competitiveness
As companies and industries conserve resources and energy, and reduce waste through recycling related activities they also increase their efficiency and competitiveness in the marketplace
Fortunately, recycled products are now easier to find, higher in quality than early counterparts and cost effective too. Recycled materials are used to create both recycled products and recycled packaging for a variety of products. Products and the packages that protect them often identify themselves as made from recycled- content material, so look for recycled products wherever you shop.
-Michigan Recycling Coalition (517) 371-7073