|Buy Recycled in April
Every time you put a piece of paper or a bottle in the recycle bin, you are making the right choice for the environment, but many of us forget about the final stage of the recycling process- buying goods made from recycled materials. All of our bottles and cans need a job to do! If we don't buy recycled products then a lot of leftover recyclables will end up in the landfill. For the month of April, Kern Green would like you to take the Buy Recycled challenge.
Whenever possible, opt for recycled materials that are made in the USA. Making recycled products overseas often means that our recycled products are first shipped overseas, manufactured and then shipped back to us, thereby increasing their carbon footprint. Companies such as Green Toys make their items from recycled plastic and are made in America.
The next time you buy paper towels, paper napkins, toilet paper and facial tissue, opt for the recycled item instead of the traditional one. Why? It takes less energy and water to create items from recycled material than from raw materials. Also, using recycled materials reduces the amount of pollutants emitted during resource acquisition and product manufacturing.
Need to restock your office? Recycled copy paper, notebook paper and sticky notes are of the same quality as those made from virgin materials. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4100 kwh of energy. If you think a piece of paper can have no impact on the environment, consider this: 36% of the average landfill is comprised of paper.
Never throw a plastic water bottle in the trash, it has unfinished work to do! Plastic water bottles can be recycled into other containers, but did you know that they can also become the fabric in your clothes, the fiberfill in your coat, and the upholstery and carpeting around your house? In fact, recycling just five two-liter bottles can produce enough polyester for a square yard of carpet.
Glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Recycled glass is primarily used to make new containers, and recycled glass bottles can also be turned into countertops, flooring, tile, landscaping stones and bricks.
The next time you embark on a home improvement project, give serious thought to buying products made from recycled materials. You will beautify your home and create less of a negative impact on the environment.
Keep in Mind
April is a great time to stock up on recycled products. Major retailers offer many discounts and sales this time of year. So take advantage of the sale prices and buy your recycled materials in bulk.
Recycling is always a good choice, but to have the most positive impact on our world we need to close the loop by buying recycled products. So take the Buy Recycled challenge in April, and... Happy Shopping!