While putting out the recycling rubbish gives us a modest glow of goodness the oft missed part of the recycling loop is the purchase of products made of recycled material. By actively supporting the reuse of recycled plastics, paper and other materials through purchasing these products we are truly recycling. This way we encourage the growth of design and product businesses seeking to reduce their impact on the environment through the creation of closed-loop systems that save nature from having to absorb these materials.
Purchase “high in recycled material” when ever possible – By re-tuning your shopping filter to notice and buy products with recycled components you will create demand for those items you put on the kerb each week.
Explore products, brands and stores specialising in recycling content products – The following sites will help you find those businesses leading the charge toward sustainable consumption:Waste Wise Shopping Guide (Victoria) – database of products made from recycled materials.
Recycling has a two-fold effect on the environment: it reduces the need to extract more materials from nature and it circumvents large amounts of concentrated (and often toxic) man-made materials entering and having to be processed by nature.