Five Ways to Recycle Less

July 20, 2015 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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Recycling feels good. But some of us may be getting too much of this good thing…

Because “recycle” is the last “R” in “reduce, reuse and recycle.” And, with some exceptions — cell phones, batteries, light bulbs, plastic bags, medications, for example — we’ve become too good at it.

If your blue bin is full to the brim each week, maybe you need another solution. Perform this quick experiment at home:

  • Step one: Inventory the blue bin. (It’s full of plastic, right?)
  • Step two: Search your home for goods made with 100 per cent post-consumer plastic. (I found a few Green Toys made from recycled plastic milk jugs — #2 or HDPE, recycled plastic planks (lumber) as our walkway and an Organic Girl tub of greens. That’s it.)

I can’t confirm where all the plastic you’re diligently recycling goes (and I’m not into conspiracies). What’s clear is that other “R’s” deserve our attention — reduce, reuse, refuse, reclaim, renew, revitalize, refurbish, rethink and redesign, to name a few.

Read Five Ways to Recycle Less by Lindsay Coulter at davidsuzuki.org

Related:

NYC Bans Expanded Polystyrene Food Containers, Opens Market to Alternatives, by Cheryl Hogue in Scientific American.

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Entry filed under: How-To, Recycling, Reducing Consumption, Waste.

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